informing tutors when students have a disability-related reason for missing lectures, arriving late or leaving early (except where attendance is used as a means of assessment)
similarly, some students may need to move or stretch during lectures to alleviate discomfort due to a physical impairment or health condition, and tutors can also be made aware of this
all students are permitted to make recordings of lectures (unless the content is confidential). If additional assistive technology is needed, such as an assistive listening device/radio aid system, we can advise lecturers of what they may need to do to facilitate this
in practical sessions, additional help can be requested if students struggle to follow demonstrations of written instructions, or have difficulties with physically using any of the lab equipment
tutors can be asked to compile a glossary of course language in order to support Deaf students working with sign language interpreters.
Please contact the Disability Advisory Service as soon as possible to ensure there is enough time for adjustments to be put in place. Adjustments can include:
smaller exam venues
use of a computer, plus access to assistive technology
provision of ergonomic aids, such as an adjustable chair
'green stickers’ can be applied for students with specific learning difficulties for empathetic marking, so spelling, punctuation and grammar errors are not penalised (unless this is a specific learning outcome of the course)
exam papers with enlarged fonts, coloured paper or use of coloured overlays.
When students are required to give presentations, adjustments may be made to present to tutor only.
Adjustments can also be made for placements. The Disability Advisory Service can discuss with you and the academic department if you have a placement for a vocational course. Examples of this could be:
adjustments to working hours
consideration of travel time
parking on site
accessibility of buildings
The library staff can assist with:
providing accessible electronic versions of books
finding books for you to collect
sourcing and creating accessible formats of materials
accessing the library online catalogue to locate books
1:1 introductions to the library building, its study spaces and facilities
using assistive technology installed on the library PC’s.
For more information and support in the library, please contact email@example.com or visit reading.ac.uk/library
Apps Anywhere is a web based tool which provides access to a range of software applications which can then be used by students using their own Windows device or from a university owned PC, from any campus location. The applications available include Texthelp Read&Write (textto-speech) and MindManager (mind mapping), as well as Audacity, which can be used to make and edit recordings, and EndNote to help with referencing. There is also one computer within the library with Supernova available for students with visual impairments.
The Disability Advisory Service will include this information on the student’s Individual Learning Plan. It is required that if an assistance animal has been organised through one of the ADUK organisations that a representative from the organisation will make contact with the Disability Advisory Service to discuss practical details including arrangements for Halls.
A therapy animal (or emotional support animal) is an animal that provides emotional support to help alleviate identified symptoms or effects of a disability or medical condition. A therapy animal does not necessarily aid with mobility and does not assist with practical daily tasks.
Students who wish to bring a therapy animal on campus must:
provide appropriate medical evidence to support the request to have a therapy animal on campus, which should include information about the support the animal will provide and where it may need to go on campus
arrange public liability insurance (through pet insurance) and provide a copy of the policy to DAS
DAS will include this information on the student’s Individual Learning Plan. Consideration will then be given as to whether the adjustment of bringing a therapy dog or other animal onto campus and into Halls is reasonable or if the student can be supported effectively through other services. Consideration will also be given as to the possible impact of the request on other members of the University community such as significant disruption to services and allergies, as well as the welfare requirements of the animal.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
PEEP stands for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, and these only apply to certain individuals.
A PEEP is a personal plan for people who require assistance or special arrangements in order to get to safety during an evacuation. PEEPs are created between the individual student and the Fire Safety Adviser, then disseminated to Security, Fire Safety, Disability Advisory Service, Academic Tutors, and Disability Representatives, so that colleagues are aware of those who require assistance. If you think you might need a PEEP, please fill out the University's PEEP form.
How do I know if I need a PEEP?
If you are not sure whether you need a PEEP try answering the following questions:
When the fire alarm goes off, are you able to evacuate the building on your own quickly (approximately 2.5mins) without assistance? (if your answer is no, you need to fill out our PEEP form)
Do you use or need mobility equipment or other types of assistance that may affect your ability to evacuate the building during an evacuation? (if your answer is yes to question 2, you need to fill out our PEEP form)