Disabilities and Dyslexia

If you have a disability, medical condition, or specific learning difficulty, we seek to ensure that your chances of academic success are not reduced because of it. We strongly encourage you to contact the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS).

DDSS is a confidential and friendly service which offers a range of support, including:

  • Liaising with academic staff and central services about disabled students’ support needs
  • Helping students to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances
  • Organising support workers, e.g. note takers, readers, library support, scribes, interpreters
  • Advising on specialist equipment and technology
  • Referring dyslexic students for study skills support, at the English Language Teaching Centre
  • Referring students who think that they might be dyslexic for diagnostic assessments with an Educational Psychologist
  • Putting students in contact with local and national external agencies who offer support and advice on specific issues
  • Formalising alternative arrangements for examinations and assessments, e.g. extra time in examinations; reasonable adjustments to assessment tasks; or alternative assessment formats. (These cannot be organised by the department without DDSS involvement.)

If you are likely to need alternative exam arrangements and do not yet have these in place, we can liaise with the exams team on your behalf. We do need time to organise this and you would normally need to contact the DDSS by 29th November. The earlier you contact DDSS the more likely it is that we can put arrangements in place for the January exams. See www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/disability for more information.

Your Personal Tutor will be happy to discuss any concerns you might have about disability issues. Kate Findlater is the Department’s Disability Advice Officer and can be contacted for advice and information: 


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