How to provide evidence of your disability

What evidence you need to provide to confirm your disability and how to obtain it.

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Overview

To be eligible for disability support and adjustments and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) you’ll need to provide written evidence that you’re disabled.

The evidence below can be used to support applications for both.

We advise obtaining your evidence before you start your course to ensure you can access support when you arrive. 


Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) 

To evidence a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD) you must provide a full SpLD diagnostic assessment report which:

For ADHD only, a recent medical letter from a GP or other medical consultant confirming a diagnosis of ADHD may be sufficient.

How to obtain an SpLD assessment

As an applicant, you can undergo an SpLD diagnostic assessment before you arrive at University so your support can be set up quickly after you arrive, or you can do it once you’re registered at University.

Please visit the page below for information on how to apply before you arrive:

Apply before you arrive: British Dyslexia Association

If you choose to complete the process once you’re registered, we can help you arrange your assessment and cover the costs. This route may take longer due to higher demand, particularly in the first semester.  

Using existing evidence from your school/college

If you have diagnostic evidence relating to your SpLD from your previous school/college you may be able to use this as evidence to access support at University (e.g. a statement confirming that you’ve accessed additional SpLD support).

Please send us this information as soon as possible so we can determine if you can use it, or whether you need to complete an SpLD assessment via our service.

Contact DDSS

Autism spectrum conditions 

To evidence an autism spectrum condition you must provide a medical letter or report from a GP/medical consultant which:

  • confirms your diagnosis; and
  • explains the impact this condition has on your day-to-day life and studies 

If you don’t already have sufficient evidence, we recommend that you ask your GP/medical consultant to complete the form below:

DDSS applicant medical evidence request form


All other conditions (including mental health, medical conditions, sensory impairments)

To evidence a condition that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out day-to-day activities, you must provide a medical letter from a GP or other medical consultant confirming this.

If you don’t already have sufficient evidence, we recommend that you ask your GP/medical consultant to complete the form below:

DDSS applicant medical evidence request form


Where to send your evidence 

If you’re applying for disability support and adjustments, please send this to DDSS as soon as possible so we can advise you on the next steps.

Contact DDSS

Any evidence provided must:

  • be written by a medical/suitably qualified professional
  • be written in clear English or accompanied by a fully certified translation into English by a professional translator/translation company 
  • provide a clear diagnosis or description of the condition/impairment in simple terms which we can easily convert into academic support requirements

Related information 

For information on the disability support available or how to apply for DSA, please visit: