Reasonable adjustments

To enable you to fully access teaching, learning, exams and other assessments, we can provide a range of adjustments. We will work with you to put together an individual plan detailing what adjustments you require known as a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP).

Registration

To receive a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP) you will need to register with the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support service. Once you have successfully registered you will be allocated a named advisor, who will write your RAP.

Late Registrations - exam adjustments  

You need to have registered with and provided medical/diagnostic evidence to the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support service by 1st March to be guaranteed exam adjustments for the May/June exam period.

Students requiring disability related exam adjustments but who have registered after the 1st March should complete the late notice disability related exam adjustment request form, together with the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support service registration form 

Eligibility

We are able to provide you with a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP) if you meet the legal definition for a disability, set out in the UK Equality Law. Even if you do not think of yourself as disabled, you may have a condition or difficulty which meets the definition. A disability is defined as any condition which has a significant, adverse and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We see students with a range of difficulties including, but not limited to:

  • dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLd)
  • autism spectrum conditions or Asperger's syndrome
  • long term mental health difficulties / mental illness
  • unseen disabilities like autoimmune conditions, connective tissue disorders, diabetes,  epilepsy, cancer, HIV, chronic fatigue
  • long term mobility impairments
  • sensory impairments.

Types of adjustments and support available   

All students who are registered with the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support service should have access to the following:

  • Course outlines and reading lists made available at least 4 weeks before the start of the course.
  • Reading lists that differentiate between essential/desirable reading (indicate priority and/or relevance).
  • Outline lecture handouts/PowerPoint be made available at least 24 hours in advance of taught sessions, preferably in electronic format (e.g. via Canvas).
  • Permission to record lectures using your own equipment (e.g. digital voice recorder, specialist software) for personal learning.
  • Email notification (via your University email address) of any changes to existing arrangements such as changes to the course, rooms or cancellation of sessions.

Further adjustments may be recommended on a case by case basis, which can in some cases include but is not limited to:

  • Exam Adjustments like extra time, rest breaks or a separate room.
  • Timetabling in accessible rooms.
  • Access to library services such as book digitisation, book fetching or assistive technology booths.
  • Adjustments or prioritisation for suitable accommodation like en-suite or wheelchair accessible accommodation.  

Making changes to a Reasonable Adjustment Plan

Reasonable Adjustment Plans (RAPs) are working documents and can be reviewed when needed. You are encouraged to get back in touch with your named advisor should your circumstances change. Alternatively, you can email disability@contacts.bham.ac.uk to request an appointment.

Funding for study related support

If you are a UK student and require funded support (often called non-medical helper support), you are advised to apply for the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA). If you are an international student or not eligible for DSA funding, you should discuss your needs with your named advisor.

Examples of support some disabled students may need include:

  • note-taker support
  • mental health or Asperger’s specialist mentoring
  • dyslexia support tutor
  • practical support worker
  • sign language interpreter.

Please note, the DSA may not provide funding for all the recommendations detailed in your DSA Needs Assessment. However, the University may be able to provide you with funding for these additional support needs. Please speak to your Named Advisor for more information.

Personal care or support with independent living

Personal care support refers to any practical help or assistance you require for daily life, regardless of student status – in other words, non-study related activities or tasks such as:

  • getting up, going to bed, or adjusting position overnight (and during the day)
  • washing/bathing and getting dressed
  • help with eating or medication
  • using the toilet
  • domestic activities – cleaning your living area, laundry, shopping, preparing meals
  • leisure or extra-curricular activities
  • driving or helping you to get around outside study hours. 

UK students

Organising a care package can take between 6 and 12 months.  Therefore it is vital that you contact your local social services or named social worker as early as possible to allow funding to be organised and the appropriate support package to be in place from the beginning of your course.

International and EU students

International and EU students are not eligible for financial assistance with care costs from the British government, and the University is unable to fund personal care support. Care and support can be very expensive as labour costs in the UK are high compared to some countries. How you will meet your personal care and support needs should be thoroughly investigated and additional costs budgeted for before taking up a place at the University.