Disability Assist - part of the Learning Gateway
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Disability Assist - part of the Learning Gateway

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Watch the video below for an introduction to Disability Assist
( transcript of the video):


Welcome to Disability Assist

Learning Gateway logo resized.jpg We are part of the Learning Gateway and offer advice and guidance on disability to current and prospective Plymouth University students and staff. This includes arranging appropriate provision for disabled students. We can also help students who think they may have a disability such as dyslexia.

Prospective students

If you are thinking of choosing Plymouth University, we can advise you on the support available, procedures for gaining support, your choice of course and the practicalities of living/studying on campus.
There are some courses which are regulated by the requirements of professional bodies. If you are interested in education, nursing or medicine you should check with us at an early stage to ensure that you can meet all the requirements of the course.
You can also declare a support requirement or disability - visit our Disclosure for applicants pages for more information.
More information for prospective students can be found on our Guidance for students pages, and to learn more about what to expect when you start at Plymouth University visit our induction pages.

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Student finance information

You can apply for student finance up to nine months after the start of the academic year if you are a full-time or part-time student at Directgov.
You don’t have to have a confirmed place to apply – simply use your first choice of course and change it online at a later date if you need to.
If you’re returning to a full-time course at university or college later this year and haven’t applied yet for your student finance, go online today and apply at:

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Plymouth University supports students with dyslexia in a range of ways from advice and guidance to exam provisions and support through DSAs.
If you think you may have dyslexia  or would like more information regarding the support Plymouth University can offer, please come to the Learning Gateway or follow the link below.
More information on dyslexia
For a free test for Visual Stress please visit: www.visualstresstest.com

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Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are for UK disabled students in Higher Education.
If you are eligible for the DSAs, it will cover the extra costs you may incur as a direct result of you disability when studying your course. The allowances are decided individually according to your particular needs. The DSAs may help with the cost of a non-medical personal helper, items of specialist equipment, travel and other course related costs.
Don't wait until you have a confirmed place or until you start your course to apply for the DSA, apply now to make sure your support in in place for the start of term.
It takes, on average, over 10 weeks from applying for DSAs to receiving support. Applying for DSA early means students can get their support in place before the start of term.
The SFE YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SFEFilm which has a range of one-minute videos on the DSAs, attending a needs assessment and how to apply.
More information can be found on our DSAs pages
Support is available for International students and those not eligible for DSAs, for more information see our Guidance for students page.

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Exams (Modified Assessment Provisions)

Disability Assist can liaise with the examinations office and the head of faculty administration on your behalf to arrange Modified Assessment Provisions (MAPs), but it is essential to make contact as early as possible to organise provision.
In accordance with Plymouth University Regulations students requiring MAPs must be assessed by Disability Assist prior to any provisions being put in place by meeting with a Disability Advisor.
MAPs can be made for any time constrained assessment that contributes towards a final mark for a module. The purpose of these arrangements is to facilitate equality of access for students who, because of a disability or dyslexia, may be disadvantaged when assessed under time constraints.

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Contact us

Disability Assist
Learning Gateway
Roland Levinsky Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Tel:      (+44) (0) 01752 587 676
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Our opening times:
Monday to Friday