Three students sat on a bench chatting between lectures
Three students sat on a bench chatting between lectures

Who can we support?

This page provides a definition of disability, and gives examples of students who can be supported by the DAS.

The DAS facilitates access to study for all students with a disability which meets the Equality Act (2010) criteria. This includes students with, for example:

  • A sensory impairment such as those affecting sight or hearing
  • A mobility impairment
  • A musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis
  • A long-term health condition including those of a fluctuating or progressive nature
  • A long-term mental health condition such as depression or an eating disorder
  • A specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
  • A social or communication difficulty such as an autism spectrum condition

A person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial ('more than minor or trivial') and long-term (lasting or likely to last 12 months or more) adverse effect on their ability to do normal daily activities. Some conditions like Cancer, HIV and Multiple Sclerosis are included immediately from initial diagnosis. Study activities, including examinations, fall under daily activity.

We are not able to support students with temporary illnesses or injuries, or conditions which fall outside the Equality Act (2010) definition of a disability. You should contact your college doctor or senior tutor for advice on temporary college support.

Watch a series of videos of students discussing their experiences studying at Oxford with a disability:

If your needs or circumstances change or your support is not working, you can discuss making changes with the DAS. Whatever your concerns, stay in touch with your disability advisor, or your disability coordinator in your college or department. Let the DAS know about any questions, queries or concerns and they will do their best to help. 

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