Providing your evidence

The type of evidence we need will depend on your disability and the level of support you wish to access. You may need to seek further evidence to access some types of support or adjustments.

Please note, you must ensure that you give your evidence to us directly, either by email, post, or in person. It should not be sent to us via a third party, such as your GP. 

The information below offers guidance on the evidence we may require for different disabilities.

In addition, our online evidence checker will tell you what types of adjustment and support you may be able to access with the evidence you have. You may find it useful to check this first.


*Amendments to evidence accepted during the Covid-19 pandemic*

We recognise that it may be difficult for you to obtain evidence of your disability during the current pandemic situation.  We have therefore agreed to accept additional, non-standard types of evidence for basic interim support arrangements only. The types of evidence we will accept during this period are listed below. Please note that, in order to access a full range of support on a permanent basis, you will be required to provide additional evidence which meets our standard criteria once the current restrictions are removed.

Providing the types of evidence listed in this update does not confirm disability. You will not be recorded as disabled on your student record, and you will need to provide additional information which clearly demonstrates that you meet the legal definition of disability before we can amend your record and arrange further support. You can find guidance about suitable evidence in the table below this update.

If you are not sure whether your evidence is acceptable, please send it to us anyway and we will assess it and let you know what you need to do next.

Types of Evidence

Level of Support you May Receive

Suitable for DSA?

A letter or email (from a verifiable email address), written by a professional, which indicates a diagnosis, working diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis. This must be signed and dated, and, where possible, it should include an indication of the impact on your daily life, or details of previous support.

This evidence might include:

· A letter from a counsellor or therapist

· A letter or report from an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist

· Statements gathered as part of a PIP Assessment

· An EHCP report

· A letter from your SENCO or headteacher

· A copy of your Blue Badge (disabled parking badge)

· Other evidence from a professional which indicates a diagnosis, working diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis

We may also accept:

A copy of your GP Patient Summary (often available online if you have access to your online records) or your Summary Care Record. This must indicate a clear diagnosis, and a date of diagnosis.

Please note that the forms of information listed above are not evidence of a disability, and you will be required to provide additional evidence. We will inform you of the deadline by which you must provide this evidence.

We cannot accept results of screening tests or questionnaires as evidence.

Depending on the evidence you provide, we may recommend basic temporary exam arrangements, such as extra time or rest breaks.

We may also inform your academic department so that they are aware of the potential impact on your studies, and we may ask them to consider basic adjustments to your learning, teaching or assessment.

We will advise you what additional evidence you need to provide, and we will give you a reasonable timescale in which to provide this.

Please note that, if you do not provide additional evidence once the current restrictions are removed, we may remove your exam arrangement recommendations and other support. We will advise you if this is going to happen.

No


Standard evidence requirements outside the COVID-19 pandemic


Evidence of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), Including Dyslexia & Dyspraxia

The table below is a guide to evidence types and potential support for a Specific Learning Difficulty, such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. The content of the evidence will determine the support we can recommend:

Types of Evidence

Level of Support you May Receive

Suitable for DSA?

A letter or other document from your school, college or previous university detailing previous exam arrangements. This could include a JCQ ‘Access Arrangement’ form (a ‘Form 8’), or an EHCP report.

Please note that this is not evidence of a disability, and is likely to mean that you cannot access some support or adjustments.

We may recommend some exam arrangements, such as extra time, or the use of a PC where we have evidence that you have had these arrangements before.

Please note that University exams are different to school exams, and we do not guarantee to match all previous arrangements.

To access further support you will need to provide further diagnostic evidence, such as a full psychological assessment report. Contact us to find out more about this.

No

A psychological assessment report completed by an Educational Psychologist or specialist teacher (with an active Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC)) which confirms a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia).

We may recommend a range of exam arrangements and University reasonable adjustments for learning and teaching.

The Disability Advisory Team will provide recommendations of support and adjustments to your school.

These documents are usually accepted for DSA’s, but if you have a report carried out before your 16th birthday you may need to contact them for further advice.

A Needs Assessment Report carried out as part of an application for Disabled Students Allowances

We may recommend a range of exam arrangements and University reasonable adjustments for learning and teaching.

The Disability Advisory Team will provide recommendations of support and adjustments to your school.

Yes – unless you are changing funding body. Please check with your funding body.

Results of an SpLD/ Dyslexia screening test e.g. QuickScan (see below)*

This is not accepted as evidence. If your screening test has indicated a likelihood of an SpLD then you will need to follow this up with a full diagnostic assessment. Please contact us for details on how to do this.

No

*QuickScan is a computerised screening programme intended to reveal whether you might show signs of a Specific Learning Difficulty. It also indicates your preferred learning style, which can help you to study more effectively.

You can access QuickScan here

How QuickScan works

You will be asked a series of questions about what you would do in certain situations or how you feel about particular activities. 

It is not timed so you can take it at your own pace.

At the end you will receive a computer generated report which will indicate your learning style and whether you show any signs of a Specific Learning Difficulty.

QuickScan is not a formal diagnostic tool. However, you may find it a useful first step in establishing whether you would like to pursue a formal diagnosis. 

Before you start:

Please enter a memorable code and keep a record of it. You will need this to log back into QuickScan once you have finished the screening programme.

Please also take a note of the code on the report you receive at the end of the programme. This will allow you to retrieve your report later. The number will start with the letters LEED followed by a series of numbers and/or letters.

Once completed, you will able to view and print your QuickScan report.  

Press ‘Print QuickScan Report’ at the top left of the first report page if you wish to have a paper copy of the your report.

Please note:

The University of Leeds cannot provide a diagnosis for a Specific Learning Difficulty. However, if you are looking to arrange a psychological assessment, please contact Disability Services for further information on local companies.

You can find more information about QuickScan and your results here: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10710/disability_services/1305/quickscan

Evidence for all Other Disabilities

For all other disabilities we can accept the following as evidence:

Type of Evidence

Suitable for DSA?

Type of Support

Letter from GP, Consultant or other medical professional

Yes

· Bespoke exam arrangements

· University reasonable adjustments

· Support recommendations given to your School

· Permission to record taught sessions

· Additional borrowing rights at the Library

· Ongoing support from a Disability Coordinator

· Access to funded support, such as 1-1 support, where appropriate

Diagnostic report from a registered medical professional Yes 

Bespoke exam arrangements

University reasonable adjustments

Support recommendations given to your School

Permission to record taught sessions

Additional borrowing rights at the Library

Ongoing support from a Disability Coordinator

Access to funded support, such as 1-1 support, where appropriate 

Treatment report from a registered medical professional (e.g. therapist, Occupational Therapist, physiotherapist) Maybe  Ask us for advice 

PLEASE NOTE that the forms of evidence listed above must:

· Be on official headed paper

· Be as up to date as possible - this is not vital if it is a long-term or life-long condition

· Give a clear clinical/medical diagnosis of a disability that is likely to affect your ability to do every day, or academic, tasks

· Clearly state that your disability is long term (e.g. has lasted for, or is likely to last for, at least 12 months)

· Indicate the impact your disability has on your daily life, particularly your studies

· Must be written in English, or be a formally certified translation

Postgraduate (Taught & Research) Students

  • If you are registering with us for the first time, you will need to provide evidence as detailed above
  • If you already have a Study Needs Assessment from your Undergraduate degree, you can provide this as evidence
  • If you studied at Leeds for your Undergraduate degree, please inform Disability Services and we can update your records

Evidence and Sign Up

Please be aware that we cannot complete your registration, or put in place exam arrangements or support, without sufficient evidence.  In addition to providing evidence, you need to sign up with our service.

If you are unsure about your evidence, or you are finding it difficult to obtain, please contact us further on 0113 343 3927 or email disability@leeds.ac.uk.

Please complete our sign up form and email, post or deliver your evidence to Disability Services, Chemistry West Block, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.