It can be daunting when talking about disability, especially if you have not used that term before when talking about your mental health.
It can also be difficult explaining or realising that you may have a disability, never mind disclosing this information with your place of study.
Have a read of the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010:
You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Maybe after reading this, you may think:
But with whatever statement you find most relevant, the big question to face is:
Do I Disclose?
Terrifying as this risk might seem to disclose your condition/difficulties can actually bring great benefits to your studies with the help of DSA.
And don’t fret, your place of study will keep this completely confidential if that is a worry for you.
Benefits to help you whilst studying: here are a few examples of equipment or help you may be entitled to:
- Dictaphone – record your lectures by lending to a pal if you really struggle facing the lecture theatre one day.
- Software for your computer – if you struggle with planning and time managements with projects or essays.
- Mental Health Mentor – to keep you balanced and supported with your health and studies.
We hope this briefly covers some of those FAQ’s that seem to follow this subject, but for more information, check out https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org