Disabled Students in Further Education and Higher Education

Aug 7, 2018 |

Support for disabled students

Universities and Colleges have support services for students facing barriers in education.

All public services have a duty based on the protections afforded by the Equality Act (2010). The Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people who fall into any of seven ‘protected characteristics’.

One of these is disability and a disabled person is described as:

“someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. 

The Equality Act definition of disabled people can include people with any of the following:

  • Mental illness/mental health condition
  • Physical impairment resulting from either illness or injury
  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Chronic illness or health condition