Parents of disabled students

Disability Services recognises that parents/guardians, partners or other family members may want to be involved in the process of setting up support for students.

Please be assured that we have a specialist Disability Advisory Team who can work with students to recommend support and adjustments needed to study at the University of Leeds, and who will assist students in setting up their support.

What to expect from Disability Services

When a student declares their disability to the University via their UCAS or other application forms, or directly to us, we will contact them to advise them of the initial process involved in setting up support.

We have a friendly reception team who are available from Monday to Friday to speak with students about any step of this process.  Our Disability Advisors are also available every weekday to support the process and review adjustments.  Students can contact us or come along to one of our drop in sessions, which run every weekday – no appointment is needed.

The University of Leeds takes issues relating to confidentiality, disclosure and data protection seriously. We, therefore, cannot discuss matters regarding students with family members or supporters. If the student agrees for you to discuss their support on their behalf, they will need to sign a ‘consent to share’ form. The student should please contact us for a copy of the form.  Please note that, where a student gives us consent to share information with others, it does not mean that the person we have consent to contact gains advocacy rights on the student’s behalf.  It means we can involve parents and supporters in conversations about the student’s academic studies, but students remain fully responsible for all decision making, and they will remain our primary contact.  

How you can help us support students

Being a student at University comes with the expectation that students will developing their independence; however Disability Services is able to offer a range of support, advice and guidance to help students navigate the process of accessing support. We know that accessing support does at times mean handling complex processes and paperwork.

As setting up support can take several weeks, 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 at University:

Useful links:

Accommodation – Additional Requirements
Access Fund
Alternative Exam Arrangements
Assessing your needs
Disability Services
Transcription Service