What support is available?

Support is flexible and based on needs. You will need to discuss your case with one of our Disability Practitioners to determine reasonable adjustment for your course and explore what other support options may be available to you. For example, you might benefit from having a support worker in your lectures, help meeting deadlines, or examination adjustments.

You may also be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances, which can contribute towards the cost of useful technologies and other aids to help with your studies.

If you have dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Irlen syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), please go to our Specific Learning Difficulty page.

What evidence do I need?

If you need academic adjustments or extra support because of your disability, you will need to provide medical evidence.

In most cases this is a letter from your doctor (General Practitioner), or other appropriate health care professional.

The letter should include:

  • information about your disability and/or medical condition, including a diagnosis and symptoms
  • what treatment and/or support you are receiving
  • the effect of the disability and/or medical condition on daily life
  • confirmation your disability has lasted for 12 months or is going to last for 12 months or longer.

How to access support

Send your evidence to us at disabilityservices@york.ac.uk, drop it in to us, or send it in the post (our address is on our Contact page). Once we have received your evidence a Disability Practitioner will assess whether it is sufficient, we will then be in contact with you to discuss putting a Student Support Plan in place.


At Disability Services we recognise that many of our students may be at higher risk of Coronavirus, for example students who have long term medical conditions. There are two levels of higher risk for people, clinically extremely vulnerable and moderate risk - clinically vulnerable.  Definitions of each and categories can be checked on this webpage NHS Who's at higher risk from coronavirus.  Guidance for people who are at increased risk is found at Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Please contact Disability Services if you would like your current Student Support Plan reviewing in terms of not being able to attend university because you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or you would like further support to be co-ordinated.