Mental Health Issues
How do I apply for DSA and other Funding?
Click on the link below for information about DSA and other funding
How do the teaching staff get to know about my recommended support?All students with a disability can have plan drawn up which describes any adjustments that need to be made or support you may need to access the course. It includes advice to your lecturers / tutors and other relevant SOAS staff on: physical access; access to the curriculum; exams; other forms of assessment; study skills support; mentoring; library; IT; and health and safety.
Students who registered BEFORE 2016/2017: If you registered before 2016/2017, the plan was called a 'Learning Support Agreement' (LSA). NB: The LSA is still in use and you DO NOT need to change it to the new Study Inclusion Plan. The LSA was agreed between each student and your disability advisor. The agreed document was then emailed to you and copied to your course convenor and your faculty student support office.
If you want lecturers / tutors to see your Learning Support Agreement and act on the recommendations in it, you will need to send it to them. They will not see the LSA if you do not send it to them.
Students who registered in 2016/2017 or later (ie students whose first year at SOAS was 2016/17): The plan that describes adjustments and support is now called a STUDY INCLUSION PLAN. There is a link to Study Inclusion PLans FAQs on the left hand navigation bar of this page (or you can click on this link to get to the same page).
Are there any mentors available who can help me manage my work?
Some disabled students find it helpful to have some regular time with a specialist tutor called a mentor to help them to manage their studies e.g. time planning, assignment planning, etc. A typical arrangement might be to see the mentor once a week for an hour. The Disability Advisors can help to arrange this form of support if you think it would be helpful.
Are there any adjustments made for exams?
Adjustments to your exam arrangements can usually be put in place on the basis of recommendations made by an Educational Psychologist, specialist teacher, doctor or consultant. The Disability Advisor will need to see a copy of your evidence and will meet with you to discuss the recommendations.
These adjustments might include: extra time, use of a computer, rest breaks, use of screen reading software such as JAWS, enlarged text or an amanuensis (scribe).
The deadline by which the Disability Office needs to be notified is given on the Special Arrangements for Exams page in the disability section of the SOAS website.
For students with dyslexia: your dyslexia report must be the report of an assessment taken after you were 16. If it is an assessment made by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher, it should include adult tests (WAIS) rather than child tests (WISC). The author of the report should certify that the assessment was conducted and report written in accordance with the Specific Learning Details Working Group 2005/DFES guide-lines for assessment of specific learning difficulties in higher education. (read more).
For students with medical evidence: medical evidence should be current and outline the condition you have that necessitates special arrangements. It should also, if possible, explain what arrangements are necessary and why. This should be on headed paper, dated and signed by your medical practitioner.
Are there any particular library services available for disabled students?
Your disability advisor can organise for you to have access to extended loans, use of the quiet study rooms D12, D15 and 482 (with assistive technology) and assistance with retrieval, photocopying and scanning if any of these are necessary to make the library accessible to you.
There are also two height-adjustable workstations suitable for wheelchair users and a wheelchair-accessible toilet on Floor F in the Library.
I don't have my own laptop or any assistive software. Is there any equipment I can borrow?
SOAS has a small stock of laptop computers (loaded with a range of assistive software), digital recorders and other equipment for loan to students who are either not eligible for the DSA or who have not yet received any equipment. Please contact the Disability Advisors if you would like to borrow any of this equipment.
Am I allowed to use a recorder or laptop in lectures and tutorials?
If your Learning Support Agreement recommends that you record lectures, this should be fine. It is helpful to mention it to lecturers beforehand. If there are any difficulties with this, email the Disability Advisers and let us know firstname.lastname@example.org