Student Disability Service

Information for parents and family carers

Information for family, friends and carers wishing to help a student access relevant support at the University.

Please be aware that support arrangements do not happen automatically

The best thing you can do is to encourage the student to make contact with the Student Disability Service as soon as possible.  It can often be helpful to discuss any issues or concerns before applying to study at the University.  Otherwise, your young person should be encouraged to speak to someone in the Student Disability Service as near to the start of the semester as possible.

The transition from school

Often the parents/family carers of young people with a disability or unseen health condition ( e.g. M.E., mental health conditions) have had to work closely with the school to ensure appropriate support is put in place.  Similarly, for young people with Specific Learning Differences (e.g. dyslexia,  AD(H)D) or an Autistic Spectrum Condition, family carers are likely to have been very involved in their child’s education.  We realise that sometimes family carers have had a struggle to have the needs of their young people recognised and adequately supported.  However, once they have left school, most students are regarded as being in charge of their own support.  This means that we cannot respond directly to family carers and can only work with the student.