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 ServicesWhen 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 students behalf. It means we can involve parents and supporters in conversations about the students 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:
- Register with Disability Services by completing our online Sign Up Form
- Gather suitable evidence of disability to complete the registration process
- Contact Disability Services if there are any issues with registering
- Read the Disability Services Prospective Student Handbook
- Start thinking about what support may be beneficial in order to study at University
- Investigate disability support funding and start the application for this
- Attend a Service Information Day during the summer to find out more about Disability Services (information will be emailed to registered students)
- Consider accommodation options and provide the necessary paperwork for accessible accommodation if required