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Medical evidence

When you register with Disabled Student Support, you must provide evidence of your condition to access support. The disability evidence you need depends on your condition. Check our conditions pages to see what you need to provide.

What evidence is needed

You need different disability evidence for different conditions. We can accept:

  • A GP/specialist letter including diagnosis and duration (the condition needs to have lasted, or be likely to last for 12 months or more). The letter must be signed and stamped or on letter headed paper.
  • If you have a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D) we will need to see a diagnostic assessment report.

Once we have checked your disability evidence is suitable, we can put a basic learning contract in place for you.

How to submit evidence

You can upload medical evidence when you register, or you can email it to us at disability-support@shu.ac.uk.

Please make sure that you keep the original copy of your disability evidence, as you may need this again at a later date.

What to do if you don't have evidence

We do not accept:

  • prescriptions
  • photo of medication
  • scan/x-rays
  • self-diagnosis
  • generic web information
  • fitness to work note
  • letter from supporting adult
  • exam access arrangements

If you do not already have disability evidence, we recommend asking your GP to complete our disability evidence form (DOCX, 36.1KB). It provides evidence in a format accepted by the main funding bodies.

Students with specific learning difficulties cannot use this form and will require a diagnostic assessment report from a suitably qualified professional.

If you believe you have a specific learning difficulty and do not have a diagnostic assessment report, please contact us as we may be able to refer you for an assessment (eligibility criteria applies).

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Get in touch with Disabled Student Support if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact Disabled Student Support
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