Parents of disabled students

Disability Services understands that coming to university is a big transition for any young person. For disabled students, there may be added complexity. 

We know that parents and guardians may want to be involved in setting up support for their son or daughter. However, students at university are classed as independent adults. For this reason, Disability Services cannot legally discuss matters regarding students with family members or supporters.  

As a parent, the most helpful thing you can do is support a student to access University services independently. 

Your student is in safe hands. Our specialist Disability Advisory Team works with the student to recommend adjustments for their university studies and will fully assist them in setting up their support. 

Consent to share 

A student can sign a consent to share form agreeing for you to discuss their support on their behalf.  Please email our team on to obtain one.

This consent means that Disability Services can involve parents and supporters in conversations about a student’s academic studies. However, the student will remain fully responsible for all decision making and will be our primary contact. 

How can I support the disabled applicant or student? 

Setting up support can take several weeks and we recommend registering with Disability Services as early as possible. You can help us by encouraging the person you are supporting to register and to contact us if they have any questions. 

The following checklist may be helpful in preparing to start university: