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Support for disabled students

If you are a disabled student, there may be a little more to think about when going to university. We are here to help you reach your full potential and make sure you get the right level of support so that all aspects of your study are accessible.

You may identify as disabled or prefer not to use labels, but whatever you chose, it is important that you receive the support and adjustments you need.

We work with students with a range of impairments, both physical and sensory, as well as those with specific learning difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, long-term medical conditions, and mental health conditions.


Adjustments and support

We will work with you to find the best adjustments and support liaising with your academic school.


Disabled Students’ Allowance

We offer funding advice and, if you are a home student, you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which helps cover the cost of your disability support.


Exam Access

Arrangements can be put in place to ensure you have access to fair and equal assessments.

Based in the Centre for Student Life, we are here to support   you throughout your student journey, ensuring that you have access to advice and guidance as well adjustments and support needed to assist you in your studies.

Once you have been offered a place on a course, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can help you with your transition into university life.

"They helped me understand my dyslexia, and gave me the tools and techniques to cope with it."
Student, Cardiff University

Here to support you

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Our aim is to enable you to study as independently as possible and to create an inclusive learning environment. We offer advice and support which can include:

  • exam access arrangements including, but not limited to extra time, use of ergonomic equipment and rest breaks
  • help with identifying, requesting and making reasonable adjustments
  • specialist services such as specialist study skills, mental health mentoring and support worker services
  • funding advice and support on Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for home students.
  • Transition event for students with Autism Spectrum Conditions

"I find it very friendly and non-judgmental."
Student, Cardiff University

Get in touch

To help ensure your transition into university goes as smoothly as possible, get in touch as soon as you can to discuss potential adjustments.

Student Disability Service

Student Connect