Providing evidence that you are disabled: information for current students

To be eligible for disability support and adjustments you need to provide the DDSS with written evidence which confirms that you are disabled. If you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) you will also need to provide appropriate evidence of your disability to your funding body.

It generally takes at least a few weeks – and in some cases can take a few months - to obtain diagnostic evidence so it’s a good idea to get evidence prior to accessing DDSS if you can to avoid a delay in being able to access support.

What evidence do you need to provide?

The table below outlines the evidence we require and how to obtain this. This evidence should also be sufficient to support an application for DSA.

A specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD*

What evidence is required?

A full SpLD diagnostic assessment report which

• Has been produced by a practitioner psychologist or by a specialist teacher who has ‘Approved Teacher Status’ awarded by the British Dyslexia Association or the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS) .
• Has been produced in accordance with current SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) guidelines
• Contains a clear diagnosis

*A recent medical letter from a GP or other medical consultant which confirms a diagnosis of ADHD may be sufficient.

How can I obtain this evidence?

The University of Sheffield currently meets the full cost of SpLD diagnostic assessments for students registered at the University. In order for us to determine whether you should be referred for an SpLD assessment, we need you to first take our online Quickscan screening test.

Access the QuickScan test

I have evidence that I accessed additional support at school/college: will this be sufficient to access support at University?

It may be. Email, post or drop in to DDSS any diagnostic information you have relating to your SpLD as soon as possible (e.g. a statement from your school or college which confirms that you have accessed additional SpLD support). We can then

• Advise you on whether this evidence will entitle you to any support and the steps you need to take to access this
• If your current evidence is not sufficient, refer you for an SpLD diagnostic assessment

An autism spectrum condition

What evidence is required?

A medical letter or report from a GP or other medical consultant which confirms your diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and gives some information about the impact this condition has on your day-to-day life.

How can I obtain this evidence?

If you do not yet have medical evidence confirming that you have an autism spectrum condition – or you do not think that the evidence you already have will be sufficient - contact us so that we can help.

DDSS contact details

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

What evidence is required?

A recent medical letter from a GP or other medical consultant which confirms that your condition or impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

How can I obtain this evidence?

If you do not yet have medical evidence confirming your condition or impairment – or you do not think that the evidence you already have will be sufficient – contact us so that we can help.

DDSS contact details

If you already have written evidence of your disability

Please either email, post or drop this in to DDSS as soon as possible. We can then advise you on the next steps you need to take to access disability support.

In addition to the specific criteria outlined above, any evidence provided should:

• Be written by a medical or other suitably qualified professional
• Be written in clear English* and provide a clear diagnosis, or a description of the condition/impairment in simple terms which can easily be converted into academic support requirements by DDSS staff

*Any medical evidence submitted which is not written in English must be accompanied by a fully certified translation into English by a professional translator/translation company.