Institutions are required to be proactive in encouraging applicants and students to disclose a disability under the Code of Practice for Part 4 of the DDA, paragraph 5.15.
People are more likely to disclose a disability if the atmosphere and culture are open and welcoming. Institutions could consider
Some applicants don’t disclose themselves as disabled. They may fear that doing so will prejudice their chances of a place. Others don’t think of themselves as disabled or requiring additional support. Or they don’t realise that disclosure is the key to obtaining the services they need. A significant proportion of dyslexic students are first diagnosed as dyslexic at university and so will not refer to their specific learning difficulty on their application form.
Students may disclose that they have a disability, or need some special arrangement, at any point during their course. Many choose to talk to the disability officer, but some find it easier to discuss their needs with their tutor or another member of staff they feel comfortable with.
Tutors have a key role to play in facilitating disclosure of disability. Here are some ideas of what you can do.