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Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students.

The advisers within the Disability Service act as a contact within the University for current and prospective disabled students. The role of the Disability Service Adviser is to provide information, advice and support to students about the resources which are available to them, both within the University and from other external agencies.

The Disability Service Advisers will work with students to help steer them through any necessary screenings or assessments, which will identify their individual needs. They also assist them with any applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs), liaising with relevant funding bodies as appropriate.

Advisers also have links with academic colleagues, and other central services such as the libraries, to raise awareness of disability issues and to ensure that appropriate support is available.

The Disability Service only works with disabled students as defined by the Equality Act 2010. This act came in to law in October 2010.  It replaces previous legislation, such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The act states that a person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

For the purposes of the Act, these words have the following meanings:

  • 'substantial' means more than minor or trivial
  • 'long-term' means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least twelve months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
  • 'normal day-to-day activities' include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping

People who have had a disability in the past that meets this definition are also protected by the Act.

Progressive conditions considered to be a disability
There are additional provisions relating to people with progressive conditions. People with HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis are protected by the Act from the point of diagnosis. People with some visual impairments are automatically deemed to be disabled. (https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas)

(Referenced from DirectGov - 4th April 2011)

"Students who are likely to fall within the definition of disability should therefore contact the Disability Service at the earliest opportunity for appropriate assessment and support."