Disabled Students

Guide for Disabled Students

4.1  Guidelines for disabled students (which includes students with dyslexia, chronic medical or mental health conditions, sensory impairments and access difficulties) can be found on the University website at www.gla.ac.uk/services/disability/. Details of examination and other assessment arrangements for students with disabilities can be found in Regulation 24. The Disability Service is located at 65 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LE (block E12 on the campus map). The remit of the Disability Service does not extend to students with a temporary disability.

4.2  If students have a disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, they should make contact with the Disability Service at the earliest opportunity. The Disability Service can give advice on procedures and provision at the University for disabled students. All students are required to bring evidence of their disability to their first appointment at the Disability Service so that a needs assessment can be carried out at the earliest opportunity.

4.3  Dyslexic students should have an up-to-date full assessment carried out by a Chartered Educational Psy­chologist accredited by the British Psychological Society or a PATOSS qualified dyslexia practitioner (PATOSS refers to the Professional Association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties). If necessary, the Disability Service can arrange for this assessment to be carried out, as appropriate. There is a substantial fee for this, but in most cases the University can provide some financial assistance.

4.4  The recommendations arising from the needs assessment interview with a disability adviser will be passed on to the relevant Academic Adviser of Studies and Disability Coordinator as soon as possible and before Registry’s deadline for exam arrangements for disabled students. The student will be asked to sign a Data Protection agreement allowing this to happen. Further information can be found at: www.gla.ac.uk/services/disability/staff/coordinators/.

4.5  When the University is the funder for a student’s non-medical personal helper support (or has funding responsibility when DSA monies are exhausted), the University reserves the right to recruit and deploy support staff who fulfil the University’s own quality audit requirements with regard to the qualifications, experience and academic background of such support staff, as deemed appropriate by the Disability Service.

4.6  Equipment from the Disability Service’s loan pool will be provided of the same or similar specification to that provided by DSA funding bodies. The Disability Service reserves the right to prioritise the allocation of loan items to students according to disability related need. Failure to return equipment loaned to students from the Disability Service may lead to the application of sanction on the MyCampus student record and prevention of further registration, enrolment or graduation.