The Learner Development 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:
For the purposes of the Act, these words have the following meanings:
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 Learner Development Service at the earliest opportunity for appropriate assessment and support."
Students who require alternative arrangements due to sudden illness or temporary disability should contact their Head of Department as soon as possible. Any such request must be supported by medical evidence. Where for valid reason it is not possible to make alternative arrangements in such cases, the Head of Department may arrange for the assessment(s) concerned to be postponed.
Where a department decides to provide alternative arrangements for a student with a temporary disability (for example extra time, separate room, word processor or scribe etc) it is the department's responsibility to organise and fund this support.If you have any questions, please contact the Learner Development Service.