How do I make sure my accessibility needs are met when I start University?

It is important to contact your Universities Disability support Office as soon as possible. They will be able to discuss what adjustments might need to be made to ensure you can access your course, the university facilities, and be able to live independently whilst at university.

As well as talking to you to find out more about your vision impairment, the disability support officer will also review your Disabled Student Allowance needs assessment report to see what support your assessor has advised and details of the support you have been allocated.

If you are moving to a University away from home, it is important to find out who will be providing your mobility training. It varies from university to university, but in most cases, DSA will only cover the cost of mobility training around campus, not offsite. You should therefore contact your local social services department (this will be the department nearest to your home address, not your university). Its worthwhile looking into this as it can be frustrating not being able to find your way around your new town or city.

Further information can be found on RNIB's Negotiating support – what to consider web page.

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