At Wrexham University we believe that higher education should be available for everyone, and we strive to provide the best possible accessibility for disabled students.
Whether you already know that there may be individual needs arising in relation to a disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference, such as dyslexia, or you become aware of needing support when you start your studies with us – we are here to help. There is a range of services to help you right from the point you choose to disclose a disability or learning difference.
Our Inclusion Services team at the University offers appointments if you wish to discuss any issues relating to learning support or disability, informally and in confidence.
We can help arrange for you to:
- Find out if you are experiencing learning differences, such as dyslexia.
- Access specialist one-to-one tutor support.
- Meet with a mental health mentor.
- Help ensure appropriate exam arrangements are in place.
- Apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) if you are eligible.
- Arrange an appointment at our on-site Assessment Centre.
Declaring a Disability
You can disclose a disability at any time during your studies and you may be eligible to apply for DSA (Disabled Students' Allowance). Anything you tell us is in confidence and we won’t share information without your permission.
If you are experiencing difficulties during your studies and wonder whether the reason could be a disability or learning difference, such as dyslexia, we would encourage you to come and see us and seek advice. We may be able to help you arrange an appointment to meet with an educational psychologist or specialist dyslexia tutor, who will be able to tell you if you are experiencing learning differences.
Some of the areas that we offer advice around are mobility difficulties, sensory impairments (eg visual or hearing difficulties), mental health difficulties (eg anxiety, depression, PTSD), neurodiverse conditions (eg dyslexia, AD(H)D, ASC), and unseen conditions and long term illnesses (eg epilepsy, diabetes, fibromyalgia). This is not an exhaustive list so please contact us if you’re unsure.
Specialist One-to-One Study Skills Support
If you experience learning differences, such as dyslexia, you should be able to access specialist one-to-one study skills support to help with your studies. This is to offer strategies that suit your personal learning style and to develop your own independent learning ability. You can bring your own assignments to work through them with tutors. However, the service does not offer subject-specific support. Your DSA may recommend one or two hours per week through the academic year.
Specialist Mentor Support
Mental health problems are given as one of the most common reasons for students withdrawing from university courses in the UK. Wrexham University is committed to working with students who may experience mental health difficulties, to enable them to fulfil their potential.
Mental health problems can often affect thinking, emotions and behaviour.
In support we may offer:
- Specialist mentoring.
- One-to-one study skills support.
- Learning Support Assistant help.
- Individual examination arrangements.
- Guidance when making an application for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
Assistive Technology Suite
Our Assistive Technology Suite has:
- Height-adjustable tables.
- Ergonomic chairs.
- Networked computers (PC and Mac).
- Specialist software.
- Large-screen monitors.
- Voice-activated software.
- High and low lighting areas.
There is on-hand support and specialist training available for students, including literacy and writing support tools, mind-mapping tools, speech recognition software, reading software and tinting software.
Assistive Technology training is carefully individualised to take account of your ability and IT skills, and so is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Our experienced IT trainer will take you through a series of hands-on exercises at your own pace, so that you can build on existing skills and get the maximum benefit from your equipment.
For more information about disability support, contact us:
- Tel: 01978 293266
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org