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Background

As defined by the Equality Act 2010, a disabled person has a physical or mental impairment whereby the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out typical day to day activities

Disabled students remain underrepresented in further, and higher education and retention rates for such students are lower than average, particularly amongst those with mental ill-health or multiple impairment groups.

Students can also develop disabilities during their degrees, which is particularly common for mental health

Accommodating the needs of such students poses challenges to how academia currently operates

Key Issues
• Disabled students, like many widening access groups, may experience stigma
This is particularly significant for this group of students as in order to receive support, self-identification is required, and stigma can prevent a student from declaring disability upon application

The inaccessible nature of higher education (both physical and structural) coupled with a lack of willingness of academic staff to make reasonable adjustments

Useful Resources and Contacts

SAAS and DSA
o SAAS Contact Form

LEAD Scotland
o Contact details/ form

enquiries@lead.org.uk

0131 228 9441

Lead Scotland
525 Ferry Road
Edinburgh
EH5 2FF

Disability Information Scotland
o Contact details
 0300 323 9961
 info@disabilityscot.org.uk
 Disability Information Scotland
Thorn House
5 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2PR

UCAS – Application Guidance for students with a disability
o Contact details
 03714680468

UCAS – FAQ’s

Commissioner’s Briefing Paper on disabled students at University

Network

If you would like to be part of a network and interest group to share experience, examine issues and challenges and develop appropriate best practice resources, please contact scapp@stir.ac.uk