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DISABILITY ADVISORY SERVICE

GUIDE FOR STUDENTS


THE DISABILITY ADVISORY SERVICE

GUIDE FOR STUDENTS The Disability Advisory Service

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Who is eligible for support

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What support is available

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Funding for support

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Study needs assessments

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Confidentiality

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Getting in touch

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THE DISABILITY ADVISORY SERVICE The Disability Advisory Service provides confidential information and advice to disabled students studying, or intending to study, at the University of Oxford. The service works with students, their colleges and the University departments to meet students’ individual needs and make reasonable adjustments to enable them to participate fully in academic life. We provide:  confidential advice on the support available at the university for disabled students  diagnostic assessments for students who might have specific learning difficulties;  help organising exam arrangements;  support with process of applying for Disabled Students Allowances  support workers such as SpLD tutors, note takers and mentors

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT? Many students eligible for support through the Disability Advisory Service never think of themselves as disabled. However, students we work with include those with:  specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia;  Asperger syndrome / Autism Spectrum Disorders;  mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders  chronic health conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and chronic fatigue syndrome  sensory impairments;  mobility impairments. If you are unsure if you would be eligible, please contact us and we will be very happy to advise.


WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE? The collegiate structure of the University of Oxford means that the different parts of the University have responsibilities for making adjustments for disabled students. For example, the colleges are responsible for adapting accommodation for students, whilst the departments will be involved if support in lectures is required. The role of the Disability Advisory Service within this structure is to advise on the most appropriate support and adjustments and help to co-ordinate arrangements across the different university structures. This might include:    

Permission for students to record lectures Lecture handouts in advance Extended library loans Examination adjustments such as extra time, rest breaks and the use of a computer  Study materials in alternative formats  Adapted accommodation

FORMS AND INFORMATION The registration form available from the Disability Advisory Service website is a useful outline of what practical support arrangements might be useful. The website also provides a number of disabled students’ profiles offering useful advice on the support and adjustments they found beneficial during their studies here. www.ox.ac.uk/students/shw/das

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FUNDING FOR SUPPORT The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) pays for the extra costs of studying which a disabled UK student might face. It is not means tested, it is not repayable and you can apply at any time during your course. Support funded through the DSA can include: Equipment:  computer, printer and scanner  assistive software  furniture used for study purposes  recording devices Non-medical helpers:  training in the use of assistive technology  note takers  specialist SpLD tuition  mentoring support General allowances:  Book, printing and photocopying costs  internet connection fees  additional travel costs  additional costs of en-suite accommodation DSA is administered by different funding bodies across the country; usually Student Finance England, the NHS or the Research Councils. The university also offers a comparable disability related study support fund for non-UK students who are not eligible for the DSA. To apply you have to demonstrate you are eligible for support; a diagnostic report for students with SpLDs or medical letter is usually sufficient. For links to the application forms and guidance about the kind of diagnostic report required, please see the Disability Advisory Service website.


STUDY NEEDS ASSESSMENTS Once your DSA has been approved, you’ll be asked to arrange a study needs assessment. This is not a test, but an opportunity for you to discuss with a specialist assessor the areas of your studies where you might need support. The assessor will then make recommendations on the support you have agreed would be beneficial. The assessment will take approximately two hours and will be carried out at an accredited DSA assessment centre such as the Oxford University Assessment Centre.

GETTING IN TOUCH Please get in touch to discuss your individual circumstances, either by email, telephone or in person at our offices in Oxford. The team is available all year around on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Tel: 01865 280459 Email: disability@admin.ox.ac.uk Address: 3 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX

CONFIDENTIALITY Information provided to the Disability Advisory Service is kept confidential to the service. It is only passed on to the rest of the university with your consent, and then only to ensure that the support and adjustments you have agreed to are put in place. The university encourages applications from disabled students, so your disclosure will not affect your chances of gaining a place here.

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DISABILITY ADVISORY SERVICE 3 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX


DAS student guide