Under the Equality Act 2010 the definition of disability includes any condition that has a substantial and long-term negative effect upon a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
This definition includes not just those with mobility or sensory impairments, but also a wide range of other conditions including mental health difficulties and specific learning differences. A ‘long-term negative effect’ is one that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12-months, or is likely to become permanent.
Specific learning differences are common in people who are talented at visual or performance based skills. About 18% of students at Central are dyslexic or dyspraxic learners. The DDS actively encourages the understanding of neuro-diversity across the School and is involved in promoting teaching, learning and assessment strategies that are inclusive at point of design. Central acknowledges and is committed to a School-wide approach to supporting neuro-diverse students.
The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers:
If you have a disability or specific learning difference and you are a home student, you may be eligible for a DSA. The DSA is a government fund which can provide support with your studies. This support may include specialist software, ergonomic aids and/or 1:1 skills tuition. This is tailored to each individual, so you may find that someone else with the same disability as you receives a different ‘support package’.
If you want to apply for DSA, it is important to begin this process as soon as possible, as the entire procedure can take up to 12-weeks.
If you require further information about the DSA application process, or any further information on Dyslexia or Disability support at Central, please contact the DDS service via email on DDS@cssd.ac.uk to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment with one of the DDS team.
Phone: 020 7449 1624
The support and guidance has always been invaluable... if you are lucky enough to have access to the service, use it!
I profusely believed in my first year that I wasn't dyslexic. If the DDS had not been friendly and approachable with their free no hassle screenings, I would not have entertained the idea.