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Who can get disability support

There's no single universal term relating to disability that is accepted by everyone in every situation. When we need to use one or two words to cover all these groups we say ‘disability’ or ‘disabled student’ as an inclusive term to cover all students who are entitled to this support and adjustment for their study.

You're entitled to support and adjustments to teaching, assessments and study materials and activities if you have:

  • a physical or sensory disability
  • an ongoing health condition
  • an ongoing mental health difficulty
  • a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia
  • an autistic spectrum condition
  • a speech or language difficulty.

If you're still unsure whether you'd be entitled to support please speak to your student support team - their contact details are in Contact the OU.

Take a look at timescales and steps for getting disability support for a step-by-step guide on what you need to do if you want to apply for disability support. You'll need to apply for both Open University (OU) support and Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) to get disability support and for any arrangements to be in put in place.