Read previous student Simon Amos' success story here
Wellbeing Services have a dedicated team of disability specialists called AccessAbility.
The 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 people with:
- Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia
- Mental Health difficulties (in conjunction with the Mental Health team)
- Asperger’s syndrome or autistic spectrum disorder
- Physical disabilities
- Blind or visual impairment
- Deaf or hearing impairment
- Long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis.
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.
Is the service for me?
We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation in more depth and to consider possible options for support if you:
- Have experienced any of the above in the last year but have not had a diagnosis
- Have a previously diagnosed disability
- Are experiencing a temporary injury which is impacting on your ability to study and cope at university
How to make an appointment
Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment and to find out more about the support available. Referrals can also be made by your doctor or another professional.
AccessAbility Drop In Sessions
AccessAbility advisors offer three weekly drop-in sessions for students during term time. These will take place in the Forum every -
- Monday 1pm – 3pm
- Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
- Friday 1pm -3pm
The drop-in sessions will allow students 15 minutes with an AccessAbility advisor to discuss their quick queries. Please report to the SID desk in the Forum on the drop in dates and times to be seen.
What can drop-in sessions be used for?
Quick queries that could be discussed in a drop-in session could include:
- Questions about what support AccessAbility services offer
- Advice on applying for disabled students allowance
- Checking and signing of disabled students allowance applications
- Questions about what medical evidence is required
- Advice about arranging study skills and/or mentoring support
- Questions about disclosing a disability or health condition at university
Who are the drop-in sessions suitable for?
Any current student at University of Exeter can use the drop-in sessions. Students can use the drop-in service as many times as they like and as often as they need to. Drop-in sessions cannot be used for creating individual learning plans (ILPs), including arrangements for exam adjustments; instead students should book into a full AccessAbility appointment.
We are committed to supporting disabled students, staff and visitors on all campuses. See the DisabledGo website for information on the accessibility of buildings around the Exeter campuses.
Other services you may find helpful include:
The Academic Skills Engagement Team - www.exeter.ac.uk/academic-skills-engagement-team
The Student Guild Advice Unit - https://www.exeterguild.org/advice/
Exeter Nightline - https://www.exeterguild.org/Exeternightline/
The Chaplaincy - http://www.exeter.ac.uk/chaplaincy/
Katie Newstead, PhD student
Katherine Last, MA student