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Informing the College of a Disability

Under the the Equality Act (2010), a person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial (more than minor or trivial) and long-term (lasting or likely to last 12 months or more) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

You are encouraged to declare a disability as soon as possible, preferably before you start your programme, so that we can understand any difficulties and work with you to explore suitable support strategies. 

What counts as a disability?

Student Support can assist with access to study for students who have, for example: 

  • a long term mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or an eating disorder 
  • a sensory impairment 
  • a social communication difficulty such as Asperger Syndrome or autism 
  • a mobility impairment 
  • a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia 

Should I disclose?

The main reason for letting the College know about your disability is to allow for adjustments to be made and support to be put in place to ensure that you can fully participate in your course and life at the RCA.

If we have accurate data on how many students have a disability we can use this to make sure that adequate resources are designated to disability support.

How to inform the College of a disability

If you have declared a disability in your application, the Student Support Office will contact you before you start your course to ask for more information. We will also ask you whether you would like us to inform your department of your disability and any adjustments you might require. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the support available to you during your studies please contact a member of the team.

If you have a disability which you didn't declare in your application, have recently become disabled or have just been diagnosed, you can inform the College by contacting the Student Support Office.

What happens once I have informed the College?

Any information that you disclose to the College about a disability will be treated as confidential. The information will be recorded on your student record and will be passed to your department if you request this.

CONTACT

Shaalinie Sivalingham
Student Adviser – Disability and Wellbeing 
+44 (0)20 7590 4140
student-support@rca.ac.uk




"The main reason for letting the College know about your disability is to allow for adjustments to be made and support to be put in place to ensure that you can fully participate in your course and life at the RCA."