Disability & Dyslexia
Central aims to create an environment which enables all students to participate fully in School life. The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) offers a range of information, guidance and support to students with disabilities and learning differences. We strongly encourage any disabled or dyslexic students to contact us as soon as possible, from application onwards, to work together to develop a plan to meet your study needs right from the start.
Disabilities covered under the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) include any condition that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect upon a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
This definition includes not just those with mobility or sensory impairments, but also a wide range of other conditions including mental health difficulties such as depression, learning difficulties (including Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) and unseen medical conditions (such as diabetes or a heart condition), or progressive and fluctuating conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, cancer, epilepsy or Crohn’s Disease). A ‘long-term adverse effect’ is one that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months or is likely to become permanent.
Dyslexia and Neuro-Diverse Conditions
Specific learning difficulties are more prevalent amongst people who are good at visual or performance based skills. About 18% of students at Central are dyslexic or dyspraxic learners. The DDS actively encourages the understanding of neuro-diversity across the School and is involved in promoting teaching, learning and assessment strategies which are inclusive at point of design. Central acknowledges and is committed to a School-wide approach to supporting neuro-diverse students.
The DDS offers:
- free dyslexia 30-minute screening appointments
- dyslexia diagnostic appointments
- assisting students with applications to their funding body e.g. Student Finance England (SFE), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for Disabled Students’ Allowance
- DSA funded needs assessments
- 1:1 specific study-skills support
- 1:1 enabling and assistive technology training – in-house and
- In-house mentoring
- other support (e.g. note-taking) through external specialist agencies
- disseminating information to relevant academic and other departments
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
If you have a disability or learning difficulty and you are a home student, you may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.
This is a government fund which provides support that is tailored to each individual, so you may find that someone else with the same disability as you has a different ‘support package’. The DSA can fund aids and services to support you with your studies, which could include specialist software, ergonomic aids and/or 1:1 skills tuition. If you want to apply for DSA, it is important to begin this process as soon as possible, as the entire procedure can take up to 12 weeks. You can find out more information and apply at https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas#overview
If you require more information about the DSA application process, or anything else about our support at Central, please contact Central’s DDS Coordinators:
Disability Services Coordinator
Telephone +44 (0)20 7559 3992
Dyslexia Services Coordinator
Telephone +44 (0)20 7449 1586
“I profusely believed in my first year that I wasn't Dyslexic. If the DDS had not been friendly and approachable with their 20 minute no hassle screenings I would not have entertained the idea.” - Postgraduate student