Disclosing a disability

Telling us you have a disability

It is important that you tell us about (disclose) any disabilities you have so that we are able to give you the best advice about the full range of support available to you.

A disability in this context may be:

  • Dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty
  • Long term (12 months or more) health condition such as diabetes or HIV
  • Mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia
  • Physical or sensory impairment
  • Autism spectrum condition including Asperger’s syndrome

You can tell us about a disability at any time during your time at university but telling us as early as possible ensures any support is available sooner. Even if you don’t need support at the time of disclosure, being fully-registered enables us to provide support to you more quickly if you do need it. 

How to disclose a disability 

The best way to tell us is via our online registration form which takes 5 to 20 minutes to complete as we use it to ask you all the information we need to advise you from the start. 

Evidence of Disability

To complete your registration with Disability and Learning Support Services we do need you to provide suitable evidence of your disability

If you do not have suitable evidence you can email or telephone us, or come to one of our drop-ins to get advice about this.


Details of your disability will be kept confidential except where you have given written consent to disclosure. This consent will remain in force during your registration at the University unless you notify the University otherwise.

We also abide by the University’s Data Protection policies.

Choosing not to Disclose 

If you choose not to disclose your disability or limit disclosure we will still try and do our best to help you but you may not be able to access the full range of support available.

Staff Receiving Disability Disclosure from a Student

If you are a staff member receiving disclosure of a potential disability from a student it is best if you direct the student to DLSS in a recordable manner. The simplest way to do this is to support the student to complete the registration short form.

If completing the form is not appropriate we recommend you email the student the link to the form and keep your copy of the email.

If a student discloses to you and does not wish to contact DLSS or have anyone else told this must be respected even if it means the University is unable to implement reasonable adjustments.

More information about managing student disclosure or non-disclosure can be found at: 

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