The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) exists to provide a confidential, professional, and accessible service to support the needs of disabled students and College staff. The DRC supports individuals with any disability, medical matter or injury, including those with:
- Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia)
- Physical impairments and injuries (including Upper Limb Disorder - also known as RSI)
- Sensory impairments
- Mental health issues
- Chronic illnesses
- Asperger syndrome and autism
They provide information for incoming students, remote teaching and learning resources, access guides, individual support for students, information for educators, and more. They will work with you to develop a full report that includes suggestions for the kinds of support that you will need, whether from supervisors or the College.
Your welfare team is here to support you and make the College as welcoming and inclusive a place as possible. Whether you have a mobility issue, learning difference, or any other challenge, we will work with you. Perhaps you already have disclosed a diagnosis to the university and College or perhaps you are struggling and need to be assessed after you have arrived? Both the university and college recognize a range of challenges that our bright students may need to address and will help you access support, so you can thrive while at university.
The College contact for students with a range of disabilities or learning differences (see list below) is the Welfare Officer, Jennifer Adams-Massmann. You can speak with her about any initial questions about how to access help from the College or university, relevant grants, or how to do assessments. She can also liaise with College or the DRC about your needs and provide other support. She can help you navigate the DRC and assessment system & signpost you to support. In addition, our College Nurse can also provide advice and support. (See the relevant tabs to the left in the menu for contact information.)
Further, our Mental Health Advisor can do preliminary assessments with you if appropriate for a range of neurodiverse conditions such as autism or ADD or ADHD and for mental health conditions and advise you on how to access professional assessments if relevant. She is highly experienced in providing moral and specific mental health support for those with learning differences or mental health conditions that affect their studies, liaising as appropriate with Tutorial or other departments with your permission.
The College is currently conducting a full revised accessibility statement for those with mobility or other physical disabilities to help them navigate the College successfully. This will be posted online in various places including here very soon (due in Sept 2021).