Disability support is a free service to support OP students who identify as having a disability that will impact on their ability to participate in learning. Our aim is to support you to succeed.
Who can access this service ?
Any student who feels their disability, impairment, injury, medical or mental health condition or wellbeing is affecting their ability to study.
How can you access Disability support?
You can access this support service by:
- Visiting the front desk at Student Success in the Hub
- Emailing us
- Calling us
Teachers at OP can suggest our support and direct their students to our area.
How can we help you?
We can provide you with support tailored to your individual needs. This may include:
Creating plans and goal setting
Pastoral care and coping strategies
Readers and writers
Tutors and academic resources
Orientation and liaison with lecturing staff and community agencies.
At your first meeting any issues and challenges you are facing will be discussed and a plan will be put in place. This often involves liaising with teachers and other members of the Student Success team. Sometimes outside agencies and services are offered to complement the support plan. We expect you to be open and honest with us around the challenges you face and to take responsibility for your own learning.
You will be asked for any supporting documentation regarding your condition. Documentation must be from a licensed medical professional and should include the following information:
Your specific diagnosis
Whether your disability is temporary or permanent
A list of recommendations to assist you in your learning
Need to talk to someone?
Student Success, the Hub,
Confidentiality and privacy
All information provided to staff will remain private and confidential. This means they will not disclose anything confidential unless:
You expect us to do so and it is agreed on. Some disclosure might be necessary in order to provide the right support.
You give us written permission
There is a compelling reason such as significant risk to yourself or others
Choosing a programme
When choosing a programme of study it is important to understand the programme requirements. You may have to do placements, fieldwork or laboratory tasks to complete your qualification.
If you are uncertain whether you are able to meet these requirements, you should contact the Programme Manager to discuss this. Disability support can help you with this. Sometimes adjustments can be made to the learning environment to help you with your chosen study path.
These adjustments could include:
- Alternative examination arrangements
- Access to assistive technology
- Access to peer note taking