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Disability support and inclusion

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), then additional support is available to you.

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You can access support throughout your time as a student, from application to graduation.

You might not feel you have a disability, or you may dislike the term, but if you experience any barriers to learning we are here to help. Current students access support for a wide range of disabilities and conditions including:

  • Asperger's and autism
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
  • Eating disorders
  • Epilepsy, diabetes and IBS

How to access support

If you think you might need support, talk to our Disability Practitioners. They can provide support and guide you to any other useful services and teams.

Click on the links below to register for support and to find out useful information.

The accessible document scanning service is available through the library. More information on this can be found on the Library Supporting Accessibility page.

What we do

Whether you're a home or international undergraduate, postgraduate, or a degree apprentice, our Disability support and inclusion team is committed to providing support for all learners who have a disability, learning difference or are neurodivergent across both our York and London campuses.

Our Disability support and inclusion team can support you by:

  • Arranging deadline extensions and examination adjustments
  • Making recommendations for adjustments in your teaching environment such as permission to audio record some lectures
  • Signpost to internal specialist support services like Wellbeing, Library Accessibility Service and Study Development Teams
  • Arrange Dyslexia screenings if you suspect you may have a specific learning difference
  • Support with your Disabled Student's Application (DSA)

Additional support

You may also receive or have applied for Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) or similar funding for disabled students. This is handled by Student Finance and we are not involved in implementing or applying for support through this, but if you are confused about the process you can book with a Service Coordinator to discuss what you need to do.

You can apply for DSA online, after which point you will be invited to book a Needs Assessment where your support needs will be discussed. You will then receive a letter detailing what support has been put in place for you. This is your responsibility to organise and put in place.

We do not automatically receive all DSA information unless we have been copied into your application.

Receiving DSA does not automatically put a Learning Support Plan in place. You must book a 1 hour appointment in order to do this and make sure that it is closely tailored to your support requirements.

For more information about DSA and applying, visit our Apply for disabled students allowances page.

As an apprentice, you are eligible for a range of disability support.  

The Disabled Students’ Commission has provided guidance for disabled applicants to degree apprenticeships.

For more information, visit our Support for apprenticeship students page.

In order to qualify for disability support you will need to provide the Disability Support and Inclusion team with written evidence. For more information on what type of evidence you can submit, visit our evidence page.

If you have a condition which you have seen a doctor for previously, you can request a doctor's note or GP letter, or use one which you have previously received.

In order to be assessed for ADHD or autism, you will need to go through your GP.

In order to be assessed for dyslexia or dyspraxia, you will need to go through an Educational Psychologist and receive a full report from them. We require evidence in order to put reasonable adjustments in place as per the Equality Act (2010).

You may be able to receive a Working Diagnosis if you are on the waiting list for a diagnosis. We can accept this as evidence for a Learning Support Plan. Please ask your doctor or consultant to complete the form below.

Working Diagnosis Form (docx, 37.3kB)

When you receive the completed form, please forward it on to our service by email at

Please note that we do not accept exam adjustment information, ECHP, or Learning Passports from pre-18 education as sole evidence without accompanying medical evidence.

Book a session with Blue, our therapy dog

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15 minute session: Blue is there to listen, to be fussed or to sit with quietly – your time, your space.

30 minute session: Blue is there while you discuss any support requirements with a Disability Practitioner.

Book therapy dog appointment

Early Start

The Early Start programme is designed to be student focused and friendly. It aims to give you the best possible start at university. It is particularly directed at students whose neurodivergence or mental health means that they would benefit from an earlier and quieter start with more support from the university.

Early Start runs for a few days the week before Welcome Week so you can familiarise and orientate yourself on campus. You can also move into your accommodation at a quieter time.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other staff and students
  • Get your key questions answered
  • Attend workshops including study skills and IT sessions
  • Settle into York St John during a quieter time of year
  • Enjoy craft workshops and fun events

The 2024 Early Start programme will run from 17 September 2024 to 20 September 2024.

Places on the Early Start programme are limited. If you would like to be considered for the programme, please register your interest as soon as possible.

Our support for you

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Apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

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Meet with a Disability Practitioner

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Learning support

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Autism Success Pathway

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Dyslexia screening tests

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