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Health and Wellbeing

Disability support

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), then additional support is available to you at university.

You can find out more about this support by contacting the disability advice team on 01904 876 540 or by emailing

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent University closure, the Disability team are working from home.

We would ask you to email   with any enquiries. Our inbox is checked daily and we aim to respond within short time frames.

You can request a telephone call or video call if this is your preferred method of communication but you must email us in the first instance to request this.

Talking to a Disability Adviser

You might not feel that you have a disability, or you may dislike the term, but if you experience any barriers to learning, please talk to a Disability Adviser. Current students who access support have a wide range of disabilities and health conditions including:

  • epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
  • depression, anxiety and eating disorders
  • dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
  • Asperger's

Types of Support

When you meet your Disability Adviser, you can talk through any potential needs in terms of your learning. The Disability Adviser can:

  • Provide you with information and guidance about practical support and recources available
  • Support you to make an application for Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) and assist with enquiries about existing allowances 
  • Signpost you to any other teams and services thay may be useful.

Types of support that may be available to you include:

  • Exam adjustments
  • Specialist equipment and software
  • Mentoring support
  • 1:1 specialist tuition
  • Specialist Assistive Technology training
  • Library assistance
  • Adaptations to Accommodation

Useful forms

NMH Rates Nov 2019 (.xlsx, 21.7kB)

DSA Process Tracker (docx 23 kB)

SFE DSA Disability evidence form (PDF 63.4KB)

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

Please come and talk to a Disability Adviser if you think you will need support in the event of an emergency. For example, if you are unable to hear a fire alarm or have any mobility difficulties, your Disability Adviser will prepare a Personal Emergency Evaucation Plan with you which is then shared (with your prermission), with your Course Leader, School Administrator, Health and Safety Officer, Security staff and Accomodation team.


Blue will be 2 years old this September - he’s a blue whippet & his owner & handler (his mum!) is one of the Disability Advisers in the Disability Advice Team at YSJ.  Blue became a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog, in September 2019 when he was still a puppy & then he started 'working' at YSJ - and loves it! 'Blue’s Group Sessions' are open to all students with the aim of lessening anxiety and promoting mental wellbeing. 'Blue’s One to One Sessions' are open to AS students as part of the Autism Success Programme as an activity which may facilitate communication.


Yes – please email the

You will have a named Disability Adviser (DA) for your school who you can also contact directly with your query, you’re also advised to copy in the in case your named DA is on leave.

You can find your Disability Adviser and their details in the Meet the DA section.

Learning Support Plans are written by DAs for students with additional needs. They provide your department with some information about your condition(s) and how they can support you. LSPs may include: exam adjustments, extensions, information about placement etc. To draft you a plan we will need a signed consent form and some supporting medical evidence.

The key thing for the medical evidence to show is how your disability/condition(s) impacts on your studies. Please download from our useful forms section.  Complete and return to us, alternatively, you can send us some recent medical evidence you have already. If you’re not sure, please send what you have and a DA can let you know whether we can accept it.

You may be eligible for extensions to deadlines as part of your LSP. As above you will need to provide some supporting medical evidence.

We would recommend you find more information on the applying for exceptional circumstances webpages:

You may be eligible for extensions to deadlines as part of your LSP. As above you will need to provide some supporting medical evidence.

We would recommend you find more information on the applying for exceptional circumstances webpages:

In the first instance, we advise you to contact your School Admin Office and Course Lead/Designated Academic Tutor to discuss and arrange any adjustments in your LSP.

If you’re not clear on who to contact please email and we can advise further.

PEEPs are written for students who need some additional support evacuating from buildings in an emergency, or additional support in certain situations, I.e. diabetic or epileptic students. Please download from our useful forms section and complete and return the form to us.

This will be added to your record and shared where appropriate. A Disability Adviser may follow up with you if require some additional information.

Please get in touch with the Disability Advice Team (, you may also benefit from the in-house support available from other teams:

ILE have a limited number of laptops available to loan to students. You can contact them on ( to request – please include an up-to-date phone number and delivery address.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Yes, you can find further information and download an application form from the website:

You will also need to submit a medical evidence form. Please note funding bodies for DSAs vary, you should approach the funding body that provide your student loan.

Please see the DSA process map in our useful forms section for further information. If you have been invited for a needs assessment. The Higher York Access Centre, on-campus are offering assessments remotely.

You can find further information here: If you’re not sure where you are in the process, please contact and a DA will look into your application.

Your funding approval (DSA2) letter from Student Finance should include information about ordering equipment and software (please note there is a £200 contribution towards equipment costs).

Contact your supplier for further information about delivery – include an up-to-date postal address and phone number.

You should contact your supplier directly for advice on the next steps. In some cases they may provide loan equipment whilst your equipment is being repaired. Information about suppliers is in your funding approval (DSA2) letter. You can contact the Disability Advice Team if you’re not sure where to find this information.

It’s recommended to take out insurance for your DSA funded equipment, often the cost for this is covered by your DSA funding. You’re encouraged to put this cover in place on receipt of your equipment.

Most non-medical helpers are offering support remotely. Please contact them directly to discuss your options. The contact details for your non-medical helper support is on your funding approval (DSA2) letter. You can contact the Disability Advice Team if you’re not sure where to find this information.

 If you are receiving in-house support from YSJ you can email the tutoring and mentoring team to arrange:

You may be able to access this remotely. Please contact your supplier directly to discuss your options. The contact details for your support is on your funding approval (DSA2) letter. You can contact the Disability Advice Team if you’re not sure where to find this information.

The Assistive Technology Team at YSJ also provides training to DSA funded students and students about the YSJ networked options for assistive technology. You can contact them at


If you have declared a disability on your UCAS application you will have automatically been sent a support needs questionnaire (SNQ) for completion and return to the Disability Advice Team. You will have a named Disability Adviser (DA) for your course and they will be in touch when they have reviewed your SNQ, they may ask you for medical evidence.

Your DA will make you aware of support at YSJ and draft you a learning support plan (LSP). We recommend that you book an appointment with your DA when you commence your studies at YSJ.

Under the current circumstance and government guidance the campus is closed to visitors. We realise that it’s especially important for students with additional needs to be able to visit the campus.

Please contact the Disability Advice Team and we will work with you to look at what options are available remotely.

You can also take a virtual tour of the campus –

Please ensure you have completed the additional needs form and submitted it to the Accommodation Team. Where possible they will try and prioritise your application and ensure your needs are met.

Please note you may need to submit supporting medical evidence. You can find further information on their webpage:

With your permission, your learning support plan will be shared with your department. This will have some information about your disability/condition(s), support, and adjustments recommendations.

Please note, if you do not wish to give your permission to share this information, it will limit the support and adjustments that can be put in place.

We would need your written consent to speak to named immediate family members. Please discuss with them before completing a consent to share form.

DSAs are a useful source of funding for students with additional needs. You do not have to pay DSAs back, it goes towards funding support for your studies, this is based on need.

It may include equipment/software (please note there is a £200 student contribution towards equipment costs), a specialist mentor, study skills tutor etc.

You can find further information in our section on DSAs. You can apply for DSAs when you apply for your student loan but you will need supporting medical evidence.

You can find further information here:

We run an early start programme for students who identify on the Autistic Spectrum. However, this programme is also open to other students who would benefit from an earlier transition to university (hearing/sight/mobility impaired).

The provisional dates for this year’s programme are 9th-11th September, you can find details of last year’s programme here:

If you would like to find out more about the programme or would like to attend, please email:

Disability Advisers

What does a Disability Adviser do?

Disability Advisers provide guidance and support to applicants and students with any disability related issues, throughout the student lifecycle. They can provide advice and support for things like:

  • Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
  • Learning Support Plans (LSPs)
  • Exam adjustments
  • Study related adjustments
  • Signposting to and liaison with specialist support services and academic departments.

There is a dedicated Disability Adviser for each Academic school, so all Disability Advisers are familiar with programme requirements and have good working relationships with department team members.

Disability Advice and Support can be accessed through:

  • Direct contact with the Disability Advice team (e.g. email and telephone enquiries)
  • Attendance at daily Drop-in sessions*
  • Appointment bookings throgh the Student Information Desk Team*

*Term time only and subject to change during the current Covid-19 situation - please contact the team directly.



Disability Adviser


School of the Arts


Art & Design


Dance & Drama, Media Production, Music, and Music Production


Nicola Humberstone


Linda Bardy



School of Humanities



All Humanities subjects


Rita O’Loughlin



School of Education, Language & Psychology





Childhood & Youth Studies, Education Studies, Initial Teacher Education, Languages, Linguistics


Counselling and Psychology


Linda Bardy



Patricia McNamara



School of Science, Technology & Health


Biosciences & Biomedical Science, Data & Computer Science, Health CPD, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy,




Rita O’Loughlin



Nicola Humberstone



York Business School (YBS)



All YBS subjects


Patricia McNamara

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