Disabled learners

Information, useful links and a webinar recording about accessing higher education as a disabled learner.

Examples of disabilities eligible for additional support in higher education:

  • Specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Long term health condition (including epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, Crohn’s disease)
  • Autism spectrum condition (autism and Asperger syndrome)
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental health conditions
  • Physical impairment or mobility difficulty (including cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, arthritis)
  • Speech, language or communication difficulty


Disability support at our partner HEIs

The below table shows the disability support provided by our partner HEIs.  As you can see, there is plenty of support available, so it is important to research support that you are eligible for whilst looking into higher education. Please check out the disability pages at our partner HEIs listed below for more information.

Support offered 

Buckinghamshire New University 

Oxford Brookes University

University of Oxford 

University of Reading 

Pre entry 
DSA reimbursement 
Appointment with disability support team
Support for dyslexia screening
During Studies 
Assistive/ inclusive learning 
Disability Advisors
Personal learning/ support plan 
Counselling, health and wellbeing teams
Study/ exam support
Accessible accommodation 
Useful links  Bucks New University disability service page Brookes wellbeing/ disabilities page  University of Oxford welfare/ disabilities page  University of Reading disability information page 

This table was last updated on 7 May 2021.


Download our ‘Accessibility in higher education‘ booklet below:

Webinar recording

The webinar covers key steps you need to take before and after applying to higher education to ensure you have access to the support you are entitled to. There is also the chance to hear from former university students about their experiences accessing disability support.


  • Jodie Evans- Graduate Ambassador at Oxford Brookes University
  • Mary Drennan- Disability Support Allowance Advisor at Oxford Brookes University
  • Harry Gable- Parliamentary Assistant

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