AccessAbility is the term used to cover the special provisions available under the Special Education Needs and Disability Act (2001) and the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) for students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, mental health problems and long-term medical conditions.

The University of Leicester and the School of Psychology provide academic and practical support for students who fall within the remit of this legislation.

Students who believe they may be eligible for consideration under AccessAbility should contact the University of Leicester AccessAbility Centre and the School of Psychology AccessAbility Tutor.

AccessAbility Centre

The role of the AccessAbility Centre is to carry out the initial assessment of students who believe they may be eligible for AccessAbility provision. It also offers a range of services to support students who fall within this remit (e.g. students who have physical or mobility difficulties, learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia) students who are deaf or hard of hearing,  who are blind or have partial sight). Centre staff offer initial assessment and individualised study support sessions, as well assistance with applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and examination arrangements. The open-access Centre acts as a resource base for students and staff, and is a quiet and relaxed place for students to work, meet other students, and rest.  It has networked computers with speech output software ('JAWS'), printing facilities, and a low-level photocopier. The Centre welcomes students who self-refer as well as those referred by academic staff. Follow the links in the right hand menu to contact the centre or access further information online.

AccessAbility Tutor in the School of Psychology

The role of the AccessAbility Tutor is to advise on help that may be available in the School in addition to any provisions available through the AccessAbility Centre. Any student who believes they are entitled to assistance, should contact the AccessAbility Tutor (or the AccessAbility Centre) at the earliest possible opportunity in his/her course. Consideration of additional and/or any School provisions will only be given on receipt of a report from a suitably qualified specialist who can indicate 1) that the condition experienced by a student falls within the Disability Discrimination Act definition of disability, and 2) the difficulties that will be encountered in fulfilling current academic course requirements.

Please note: students must contact the AccessAbility Tutor direct (details of the current tutor are provided in the Psychology Undergraduate Student Handbook: PUSH). They should not assume that information is forwarded from the AccessAbility Centre to the AccessAbility Tutor as a matter of course, or that any information that is forwarded is necessarily sufficient for the School to consider fully any requests being made for possible adjustments to course requirements.

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