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Disability and Dyslexia
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Disability and Dyslexia
Anglia Ruskin University welcomes applications from students who require support with learning. The need for support may arise from a physical disability, sensory impairment, learning difficulty, medical condition or some other cause. Anglia Ruskin University seeks to view applicants who need support with learning on the same academic grounds as all other prospective students whilst recognising the additional support they may need.
Anglia Ruskin University main campuses have a Learning Support Centre
where you can seek advice.
- screening and assessment of individual needs including for individual examination arrangements
- identification of resources and study strategies to meet the needs of individual learners
- one-to-one study support
- study skills support workshops
- books, information sheets, audio and visual material
- specialist advice
IT Support Includes:
- study skills packages
- direction to study skills and other information webpages
- some specialist equipment for blind, partially sighted and dyslexic students
Anglia Assessment Centre
The Anglia Assessment Centre was set up in 1996 under the name of 'The East Anglia Regional Access Centre (EARAC)'. All funds generated through assessments go to supporting students with disabilities. This Centre is active in research and development and all team members constantly update their skills.
The Centre has various bases. Cambridge is our headquarters, with three modern, well-equipped assessment suites in Anglia Ruskin University. Assessments are also conducted regularly in Chelmsford and Norwich; each of these has a fully equipped assessment suite. In addition, we carry out assessments in students' homes, the places where they study or at other venues by negotiation.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Disabled Students' Allowance?
This is a grant made to students with recognised disabilities. It is intended to help them overcome the effects of those disabilities on their studies. It is not usually made as a direct payment. It goes to purchase equipment, specific computer programmes, specialist help, etc. Further information can be found in 'Bridging the Gap'
How do I apply for a DSA?
There are several ways to start doing this:
- Contact the Student Finance Department in your Local Authority.
- Talk to the Disability Officer at your current / prospective university/college.
What happens to the information collected about me?All information is covered by the Data Protection Act. Please see the document below for our full statement on the Data Protection Act.
Statement to Student about Data Protection (14 Kb)
Can I park at the assessment location?Parking varies depending on the location. Please refer to the location summary for detailed information. If you are a blue badge holder please inform the contacts administrator when booking an appointment.
Do I have to come to you?Not necessarily. Our administrator can arrange for you to be assessed in your home, if your needs indicate this is required. Also, we will visit colleges by arrangement.
Will there be any tests?
This type of assessment is delivered through a series of tests. The assessment is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere by a qualified Psychologist.
In the assessment you will be asked questions. The questions are designed to help the Assessor identify the most effective recommendations to compensate for your difficulties. You may be asked to try out some technologies to see if they meet your needs.
Can I bring someone into the assessment with me?For DSA Assessments, you can bring someone into the assessment with you. The decision lies solely with the person being assessed. Parents do not have a right to sit in on an assessment unless you are under 18 years of age. The Assessor will primarily communicate with you not the person accompanying you.
How long before I get any recommended equipment / help?The length of time between a DSA Assessment and receiving any recommended equipment / help can vary. It often depends on the time of year. The busiest period for equipment suppliers and trainers is June - October. Non-medical help (dyslexia support, physical assistance, etc.) is often arranged immediately, as this can be put in place by your institution as soon as the report arrives.
Does it matter if I haven't had my Needs Assessment prior to starting my course?This really depends on the nature and severity of your disability. If you are visually impaired, hearing impaired or have severe mobility difficulties then it is recommended that you get your assessment done before your course starts. The recommendations are likely to be important from day one. For some other disabilities the time scales are less urgent. The equipment may not be essential to initial teaching sessions.
Don't delay things longer than you have to. However, it can sometimes help an Assessor to make recommendations if you already have some experience of your course.
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