Not all disabled people want to identify with the word disabled. 

But if you want to get off to a good start at college or uni, the advice from Lead Scotland’s Disabled Students’ Helpline is – try to make peace with that word and tick the disability box on your application form.

If you don’t tick the box, your college or uni might not know that you have learning support needs. And without talking to people about what extra support you might need on your course – or what kind of support helped you at school – it’s difficult for your college or uni to make sure you get the same chances as  non-disabled students.

7 top tips for letting your college or uni know you’re disabled:

  1. Tick the disability box on application forms for college and uni.
  2. Try not to feel embarrassed.
  3. There are lots of support needs included in the ‘legal definition’ of disability, so don’t worry if you’re not sure – ask someone at school, college or uni that you trust to help you out.
  4. Don’t wait until you’re struggling on your course to ask for help.
  5. If you’ve already applied and didn’t tick the disability box, it’s not too late! You can tell your college or university at ANY time.
  6. To help you get the most out of your course, let someone know as early as possible that you’re disabled.
  7. Have a look at this link to find out about the different types of support you could get on your course.
Got questions? Need advice? Call Lead Scotland’s Disabled Students’ Helpline on 0800 999 2568

Click here to read the full blog post, ‘Tick the box’, by Rebecca from Lead Scotland.

Lead Scotland Disabled Student's Helpline