Disabled. It’s a loaded word not all disabled people want to identify with.

Lead Scotland Disabled Student's HelplineBut 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.

Because 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. DO tick the disability box on application forms for college and uni
  2. DON’T feel embarrassed
  3. DON’T worry if you’re not sure whether you would call yourself disabled, lots of support needs are included in the ‘legal definition’ of disability that people don’t realise.
  4. DO let someone know as early as possible that you’re disabled, to give you the best chance of getting the most out of your course
  5. DON’T wait until you are struggling on your course to ask for help
  6. DON’T worry if you’ve already applied and didn’t tick the disability box, you can tell your college or university at ANY time – it’s not too late!
  7. DO 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