Disability Services at Leeds

Disability Services provides support to both current and prospective disabled students at the University of Leeds. 


Marking UK Disability History Month

Browse our full programme of UKDHM events this month. Join us online or in person for a season of events, talks and more.


We are here to support you in your academic studies by: 

  • Advising your academic School on the support you may need in your learning 
  • Recommending academic adjustments for your course 
  • Giving you advice on a range of matters, from funding to assistive technology 
  • Providing you with ongoing support throughout your time at Leeds 

Disabled students make up over 14% of the student body at Leeds. We know that the word “disability” can mean different things to different people, and you may not have thought of yourself as being disabled before. But it is worth considering whether you might be entitled to support.

We support people who:

  • are D/deaf or hearing impaired
  • are blind or visually impaired
  • have a physical disability, and/or mobility difficulties
  • have a specific learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia or dyspraxia)
  • have a neurodevelopmental condition (for example, AD(H)D)
  • have a neurological condition (for example, MS, epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, stammer)
  • are autistic
  • have a mental health condition
  • have a long-term medical condition (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV)
  • have a combination of these

This is not exhaustive list. Please contact us if you have any questions about the support we offer.


Quick links 

Find out more about our Service and how to access support in our student handbook:


Register with us

To access support:

  1. Complete a short sign-up form
  2. Provide suitable evidence of your disability

Contact us 

Contact our friendly team on disability@leeds.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)113 3433927 for any queries. We do our best to respond within 24 hours, although this may be longer peak times.

Follow our Service on social media to keep up to date with disability news and events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Drop in to see us

  • Online Appointments: Monday and Wednesday 10am-12:30pm. Thursday & Friday 1:30-4pm. (No online appointments on Tuesdays). Online appointments must be booked in advance by calling our office on 0113 343 3927 or emailing disability@leeds.ac.uk
  • In person drop-ins (no appointment needed): Monday-Wednesday 1:30pm-4pm. Thursday & Friday 10am-12:30pm (Ground floor, Chemistry West Building)

How to find us:

  1. With your back to the Students’ Union building, walk towards the Great Hall and the Clothworkers Arch
  2. Pass through the arch and continue through the courtyard 
  3. Continue straight with the School of Media and Communication on your left
  4. Disability Services is in the Chemistry West building at the end of the path

Exam arrangements 

If you would like to request adjustments for your university exams, please visit our exam adjustments information page.


UK Disability History Month 2022

UKDHM 2022 takes place from 16 November until 16 December, with this year's theme being Disability, Health and Wellbeing. Here in Disability Services we're running a series of special events to mark the month. Join us for a variety of talks and events exploring all aspects of disability.

Event

Details

Join in!  

What’s Wrong with You? A stand-up comedy show

 

 

In a UoL UKDHM first, Disability Coordinator Carly Miller proves disability can be funny with her stand up show “What’s Wrong with You?” sharing the unexpected hilarity of navigating the world as an undiagnosed autistic woman.

Friday 2 December, 1pm-2pm

 

Room 163, Chemistry West building

 

Directions

 

Everything you were wanted to know about disability, but were afraid to ask…

 

 

Do you have questions about any aspect of disability? Now’s the time to get the answers. Submit your questions – weird and wonderful - in total anonymity and watch them answered live by Disability Services’ lead, Simon Morris.

 

Ask your questions via Padlet: https://padlet.com/uoldisability/h7h1ktpc74fyvqh4

 

 

Tuesday 6 December, 1pm-2pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3g88XIA

 

Recording available after event

 

All about Assistive Tech

Join Assistive Technology Advisor Tom Starkeyas he delves intotheassistive technology used by students to access their learning. He’ll explorelesser-known features of popular programs, including Office 365with apps and elements you never knew existed. 

Wednesday 7 December

10am-11am

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3GqRlm4

 

How to adjust teaching for students with long term mental health conditions

An increasing number of university students are diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition. Students may have diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, or an eating disorder – all of which can impact on their studies. In this session, we’ll look at ways that staff can adjust teaching to help students with long-term mental health conditions to participate effectively.

Wednesday 7 December,

12:30pm-1pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3Ockgwe

 

The emotional and administrative burden of being a disabled person

Disabled people have to navigate a world that is not fully accessible for them on a daily basis, and this can be an emotionally draining and surprisingly time-consuming process. This quick half an hour talk is a brief insight into this often unseen reality for one disabled person and may be particularly useful for non-disabled people who may not have direct experience of disability and want to better understand and support others and build inclusivity and accessibility into their processes and communication. Disabled staff and students are also very welcome to come along and may relate!

Thursday 8 December

12:00pm-12:30pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3THK5oL

 

Supporting Students with Cystic Fibrosis

An introduction to supporting students with Cystic Fibrosis.

 

Cystic fibrosis is a condition that causes mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system.  It’s a progressive disease but with the right support students can study independently at university.

 

This session is aimed at staff.

Thursday 8 December

1pm-1:30pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3O4ZdM1

 

Disability, Reasonable Adjustments & Competence Standards

Ever wanted to know how we decide what’s ‘reasonable’ about a ‘reasonable adjustment’?  Or wanted to understand what we mean by a competence standard, and when we can (and can’t) apply these?  Confused about what counts as disability, and what our responsibilities are to disabled students?  This session aims to explain a bit more about disability in Higher Education, the process for agreeing reasonable adjustments, and what constitutes a genuine competence standard.  With reference to the Bristol Ruling (Abrahart vs the University of Bristol), we’ll also look at the interaction of disability, reasonable adjustments, assessment and competence standards.   This session is aimed primarily at staff but students are welcome to attend. 

Monday 12 December

12pm-1pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3UBQMtS

 

 

Autism Explained

Come and find out more about autism, and learn how to support autistic students effectively.  We’ll talk about the main features of autism, explore some myths and misconceptions and then spend some time looking at the impact autism has in the context of HE – and the impact HE has on autistic people.  We’ll work through practical strategies you can use when working with autistic students, especially around communication, group work, and supporting wellbeing.  This session is aimed primarily at staff but students are also welcome to attend.

Wednesday 14 December

12pm-1pm

 

Via MS Teams

https://bit.ly/3GFyIuF

 

 

Dyslexia/Dyspraxia and wellbeing – a conversation

An interactive workshop exploring dyslexia and dyspraxia. We will delve into the history of these neurodivergent conditions and share our experiences of their impact on mental health and wellbeing. We will also have the opportunity to explore poetry and fiction on the theme of dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Friday 16 December

1pm-2pm

 

Room 163, Chemistry West building

Free tea and coffee available

Directions

Please email Diana Higgins, 1:1 Specialist Study Skills and Strategy Support Tutor: disdhi@leeds.ac.uk for any further information or just turn up on the day.