Support for trainees with disabilities
Often, even before entry to the programme, potential trainees may contact the office in regard to any special requirements they may have. Where any trainee has a registered disability, and a need for particular equipment or special procedures to be followed to facilitate training, office staff (usually the Programme Administrator) liaise with staff, the funding authority, and the student support unit within the university to ensure requirements are assessed and then met as efficiently as possible.
The DClinPsy programme is committed to ensuring that teaching is equally accessible to all of trainees. In order to ensure this, trainees are asked to inform the programme of any specific learning needs they may have, so that the course team can offer them the support that they need. Some examples of the support/aids that are available to trainees include:
- Hard copies of hand-outs are provided for trainees in teaching sessions, wherever possible. This is particularly helpful for trainees with visual impairments and dyslexia.
- Hearing loop facilities are available in all teaching rooms.
- Trainees with specific learning needs, i.e. dyslexia, are able to record teaching sessions on digital recorders, after seeking permission from the teacher, in order to aid their learning.
- All teaching rooms are wheelchair accessible for students.
Another way in which the programme supports inclusive learning is by asking all teachers to adhere to the DClinPsy guidance on document and slide preparation available below.