Supporting disabled students at Lancaster
The University has a duty to do everything it reasonable can to find out if students have a disability (whether it is called a disability or dyslexia or mental health difficulty or long-term medical condition). In that way we can make sure that students are offered the support they need to study and live at Lancaster as near as possible on equal terms with other students.
For some students, declaring a disability is straightforward, perhaps because their disability is visible, or because they are used to the systems involved. For other students, perhaps because their disability is hidden or carries a social stigma or because it is new for the student concerned, declaring a disability feels much more risky. We all need to make it as simple as possible for students to disclose information which will enable us to support them well.
Remember too that students do not have an obligation to tell us about their disability. Sometimes a disability will have no impact on study whatsoever; the reason for them telling the University about their disability is so that we can provide suitable support. We cannot provide support unless students tell us about their disability.
All staff members have a responsibility for supporting disabled students. If a student tells you that they have a disability you should check if they are in contact with the Disability Service who can discuss any support needs with the student. It is likely that in any group of students there will be a disabled student and their disability may not be obvious. If you work with students, it is important to understand how to get information about your disabled students from the Disability Service so that you can be advised about what you need to do to support them – find out more about accessing support information through LUSI.
Disability Service, Student Wellbeing Services, University House, Lancaster, LA1 4YW - 01524 592111