The World Health Organisation defines disability as an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, it is important to know that a disability is not just a health problem, but a complex interaction between your body and your environment, including the society which you live in.

Tips for managing University with a disability

  • Get support to help you manage your life better
  • Ask for support! There are many places for support around the University that are here for you
  • Join a support group so that you can share your experiences and learn from others who also have similar experiences of living with a disability
  • Sometimes, thinking of the disability as a condition you have to work around rather than it being an obstacle might be helpful
  • Read up on your disability and do your research so that you are prepared to help yourself if ever the times get tougher
  • If you are not sure whether you have a disability, go to your GP to get an assessment and professional guidance
  • Some disabilities are hidden – it is important to educate other people about it so that you increase their understanding and empathy (hopefully!)
  • Speak to your adviser of studies if you require academic support

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