Student Disability Service

Evidence

We want to provide you with the support that you require. In order to do this, we need you to provide acceptable evidence of your disability or specific learning difference.

Note: All evidence must be presented in English.

What is acceptable evidence?

For Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia

We require a diagnostic assessment report which meets the criteria detailed below.

  • The assessment report must be completed and signed by a Chartered Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Teacher certified by the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Differences (PATOSS) or Dyslexia Action: Requirements for Specialist Teacher Reports
  • The assessment must have been carried out using adult tests such as the WAIS IV
  • It should include attainment tests such as the Adult Reading Test (ART), the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE) or the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT).  There may be exceptional circumstances where other tests are deemed to be acceptable.  The Student Disability Service will work to the guidance produced by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).
  • The assessment should be current (e.g. usually completed within the last 2-3 years) and carried out post-16 years, using adult tests.
  • In some instances a report carried out by a Chartered Psychologist or a Specialist Teacher certified by the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Differences (PATOSS) or Dyslexia Action, using child-normed test, between the ages of 14-16 years may be accepted. Please contact us for guidance on this as soon as possible if you feel that this may apply to you.

Temporary changes to evidence requirements for SpLDs due to COVID-19

At present the funding bodies for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) are prepared to be more flexible in their evidence requirements and will accept reports from childhood as well as other forms of evidence.
If you have any documentary evidence for any of the above conditions please send it in to us for review.  

For ADD/ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

We require a letter or diagnostic report completed by a medical professional, e.g. consultant psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.

For Disabilities, Ongoing illnesses, Mental Health Issues

We need a letter or documentation from a medical professional, e.g. your GP or consultant.

The evidence must outline:

  • Details of your disability or medical condition and symptoms - does it cause fatigue, loss of concentration, anxiety etc.
  • That your disability or medical condition is on-going or long term, and will impact on your studies for at least 12 months.
  • When the diagnosis was made.
  • How your daily life is affected by your disability or medical condition.

When requesting medical evidence from you medical professional you may wish to give them the option to complete the Evidence Form below rather than composing a letter.

For Short-Term Conditions that impact ability to study/complete exams (e.g. broken finger or writing hand)

A Disability Advisor may make a discretionary and pragmatic decision for short-term support.  In some situations students may still be required to provide appropriate evidence prior to support being offered.  This decision is made on a case by case basis.

Any evidence provided should:

  • be in the form of a letter from a GP or medical professional
  • state the nature of the injury
  • state the likely duration of the injury
  • state the implications for study and day to day activities

If you have insufficient evidence

If, having read the above, you know that your evidence does not meet our criteria, contact us and we will advise you what to do.

Not sure your evidence meets requirements?

If you have a medical letter or SPLD report and you are not sure if it meets our requirements, send it to disability.service@ed.ac.uk and we will review it for you.