The Student Disability Service doesn't just exist to support students, but also to work with University staff to provide effective and appropriate support to students with a range of impairments.
Coordinators of Adjustments are key contacts in Schools and are responsible for ensuring that student support is implemented. Guidance is available in a two part manual. The first outlines the role of the Coordinators of Adjustments (CoA) and the process for managing and implementing support for disabled students. Part two covers the effective use of Radium, the database which CoAs use.
Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) are sometimes provided with stickers for exams. This guidance will provide advice on how these stickers should be used as well as how & if they affect the assessment of the students’ work.
The Equality Act 2010 (previously the Disability Discrimination Act) places a responsibility on Higher Education Institutions to ensure that disabled students are not at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to students who are not disabled.
Guidance for staff arranging accessible work and teaching placements for disabled students.
A factsheet is available about the main sources of help and information for University of Edinburgh staff about what assistive technologies are available.
The University has produced a guide for staff who need to help distressed students.
The Student Disability Service has a Mentor Service that is available to students who have long term mental ill-health. There is also a Mental Health Code of Practice (currently under review) and advice on how to help distressed students.
The University has produced a good practice guide for staff working with deaf or hearing impaired students.
Information and guidance on what members of staff should do if a student discloses a disability, health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit (hyperactive) disorder, autistic spectrum).
The Student Disability Service is primarily a service for students, and while it does also aim to assist University staff in their support of students, we do not generally provide support directly to disabled staff. However we can point you in the right direction and inform you of who to contact.
The Student Disability Service has produced two guidance documents for Viva Examiners of PhD students, providing advice when conducting these examinations with PhD students with Specific Learning Difficulties and/or Asperger’s Syndrome.
From academic year 2013, the Student Disability Service will no longer recommend (the use of) or provide stickers which dyslexic students can attach to their coursework.
This article was published on Aug 30, 2013