This community is for any student who has a disability, including hidden disabilities like Crohn’s,
Neurodivergent conditions such as autism and mental health conditions. We aim to encourage all our disabled
students to use our resources, to come together and share experiences and bring positive change to disabled
students’ university experience. This is your opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy events
whilst making your voice heard. Discover useful resources, support and how to get involved below.
Log in to join the disabled students community.
The Disabled Students Community Engagement Lead is responsible for representing all students within the Disabled
Students Community. The Community Engagement Lead represents the Community at the Communities Executive and is a
key stakeholder in Disability Awareness Month. They help to run activities and deliver campaigns on issues
affecting the Disabled Student Community.
The role is vacant, applications are open until 25th September. You can apply here.
Every year we commit to celebrating and promoting Disability History Month. If you would like to
get involved with the planning or suggest ideas for the next Disability History Month (16th
November to 16th December 2023), please contact the Disabled Students Community Engagement Lead
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an idea of an activity you’d like to run for the community, we can support you!
If you have an idea for a campaign you’d like to run, we can help you deliver your campaign!
Adopt the Friendly Faces Society to help raise awareness and become part of an inclusive community
that works towards making a change across the campus and beyond.
Mind’s Guide to Learning Disability support
Autism Radio UK Autism Radio UK - was established to remove barriers of social communication for people
with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It broadcasts music, interviews, talks, competitions and
topics about Autism related issues. You can listen to the station live from their website.
Disability Direct is a directory of
disability groups (charities and voluntary organisations), companies and service providers from all
around the UK providing support and resources to disabled people. It also includes disability news,
articles and events.
UCAS’ Disabled Students page - This is designed to take students through
the entire university process, so begins with information about applications, but further down the page
they have all the information you will need about applying for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance),
support with transitions and Fitness to Practice info to keep you informed of your rights.
Disability Rights - UK publishes a comprehensive guide to applying to higher education, and getting
support – Read Into Higher Education
Diversity and Ability - is an organisation that works to improve inclusivity. Check out their guide to free resources to support
disabled and neurodiverse students. We also recommend you read their DSA: Find your way page.
The National Association of Disability Practitioners - (NADP) works with professionals who support
disabled students in post-16 education. Read their blog article, "Working for a successful student journey for disabled students" ,
which explains who to contact at your university or college, and how a disability adviser can support
you through your journey to uni.
For a student’s own experience with mental health related conditions at university, read Zoe’s story.
Ability Net - helps disabled people access and use technology, and offers free advice and resources
— how they can help you and what support you may be eligible for.
Student Minds and UMHAN - have created three joint blogs: Disclosing a mental health difficulty on your UCAS application, The benefits of disclosing a mental health difficulty, and Disclosing a mental health difficulty: your rights.
Your Advice - Your Students Union offers free, independent, and confidential advice to all students. Find
out more about Your Advice here.
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