If you're a UK student, combining support and adjustments arranged by the OU with extra support and adjustments provided through government funded Disabled Students' Allowance, will give you the best chance of study success.
The following adjustments are available as standard from the OU:
- Recordings of tutorials.
- Assessment banking for some modules so you can spread your study over more than one academic year if you get behind with your studies.
- Different formats of study materials, made available from the Resources section of the module website including Ebook (epub2), Kindle Ebook, Word versions (optimised for use with a screen reader) which you can print yourself, and DAISY talking books.
You'll need to complete the Disability Support Form to ask for the following adjustments:
- Alternative versions of module materials that are not available from the Resources section of your module website.
- Comb-bound versions of module materials that lie flat, making them easier to handle and photocopy.
- Printed versions of module materials produced to suit your needs in terms of colour of paper, layout, font size and colour.
After you've filled in the Disability Support Form you'll be contacted by the Disability Support team to discuss your study needs. We'll create a personal profile detailing the support you need from your tutor.
These adjustments and support are available in addition to the above:
- Non-medical help support.
- Communications support for D/deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Assistive software loan.
- Loan of small items of assistive technology.
- Support to participate in online and face-to-face tutorials, for example tutorial notes in advance and notes after tutorials.
- Strategies for managing workload and staying on track.
- Agreement to arrangements for you to record tutorials where recordings aren't available from the online rooms.
Other OU support available
You can get adjustments to assessments, including adjustments to an end-of-module assessment, speak to your tutor if you need these.
Other support available to you includes:
- Use of an advocate - details and guidance on how to apply for an advocate.
- Support and equipment at residential school - or an alternative learning experience if you can’t attend residential school because of your disability.
- Examination adjustments - if your module has an exam you can find out more about these nearer the time.
- Library services for disabled students - assistance with using the library.