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What is a disability?

The definition of disability is very broad and includes physical, psychological, sensory, intellectual disabilities and medical conditions.

A disability might be something that affects or limits your movements, your senses, your communication abilities, or your learning abilities. It may or may not be visible, and it may be permanent or temporary.

It may be something you were born with, or it may have appeared later in life or resulted from something that’s happened to you. Some people have more than one disability.

Common disabilities and medical conditions seen at university are:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Autism spectrum disorder.
  • Mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.
  • Medical diagnoses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy and diabetes.
  • Temporary disabilities such as fractures and injuries.
  • Vision and hearing impairments.

If you have a diagnosed disability, we may be able to help you with your study needs, accessibility, and general support.