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Support for Long-Term Health Conditions
Student Experience: AccessAbility Support with Andrew

Andrew shares his experience of coming to Exeter and receiving support from the AccessAbility team.

About the AccessAbility pathway


Our AccessAbility Pathway is made up of a team of disability specialists dedicated to supporting students with a disability or long-term health condition including mental health conditions, Specific Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions.

For information about the accessibility of buildings around the Exeter campuses, please see the AccessAble website.

Is this pathway right for me?

This service is available to students who experience a range of issues with a specific emphasis on how they are impacting on your ability to study and cope at University. We commonly work with students with:

  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Blind or visual impairment
  • Deaf or hearing impairment
  • Long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis.
  • Temporary injuries, e.g. a broken leg

If you have a medical condition or unseen disability and feel uncertain about contacting us, we encourage you to do so as we may be able to help. We know that each person's disability can affect them in different ways so the support we offer is flexible and tailored to each individual.

Support Available

The first point of contact with the AccessAbility Pathway will typically be through an initial appointment. From this point, you are able to explore and access appropriate specialist support.

Your initial appointment with an AccessAbility Advisor will last for up to an hour and will be used to discuss what levels of support would be appropriate for you whilst at University. We will:

  • Discuss your current situation within a confidential and supportive space
  • Explore how your health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) impacts your course and University life
  • Discuss and put in place any specialist support options appropriate for you
  • Where appropriate, work with the library team to advise you on alternative formats
  • Support you to access Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) if applicable
  • Explore eligibility for an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Liaise with your College and relevant support agencies, with your consent, in order to provide the most effective support for you at whatever stage you are in your studies
  • Offer SpLD screening, such as Dyslexia screening, where appropriate
  • Offer access to the AccessAbility Library rooms where appropriate

Please be aware of our Cancellation and Non Attendance Policy for initial appointments.

Specialist support

If you are eligible, specialist support may consist of one-to-one support such as specialist mentoring and specialist study skills support. To find out more about the specific support options available to students, please see the information below.

Studying abroad or from a distance

Please contact AccessAbility if you are planning to study abroad or will be studying from a distance so we can discuss your needs and the support options available to you.

Location of appointments

AccessAbility Advisors offer appointments on both Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses, and appointments can also be held over the telephone or via Microsoft Teams. Please specify your preference when you make an appointment. Please be aware that waiting times may differ between locations.