Disability and Dyslexia

Found within the new Student Centre, the Disability and Dyslexia Service offers a range of information, guidance and support to students with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Disability and Dyslexia

Under the Equality Act 2010 the definition of disability includes any condition that has a substantial and long-term negative effect upon a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

This definition includes not just those with mobility or sensory impairments, but also a wide range of other conditions including mental health difficulties and specific learning differences. A ‘long-term negative effect’ is one that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12-months, or is likely to become permanent.

Dyslexia and Neuro-Diverse Learners

Specific learning differences are common in people who are talented at visual or performance based skills. About 18% of students at Central are dyslexic or dyspraxic learners. The DDS actively encourages the understanding of neuro-diversity across the School and is involved in promoting teaching, learning and assessment strategies that are inclusive at point of design. Central acknowledges and is committed to a School-wide approach to supporting neuro-diverse students.

The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers:

  • Support during the audition/ interview process
  • Free dyslexia 60-minute screening appointments with specialist tutors
  • Dyslexia diagnostic appointments (to the cost of the student)
  • Dyslexia diagnostic feedback appointments
  • Assistance to students with applications to their funding body (Disabled Students Allowance (DSA))
  • DSA funded needs assessments
  • 1:1 specialist study-skills support
  • 1:1 enabling and assistive technology training
  • 1:1 In-house mentoring
  • Disseminating information school wide and to relevant academic departments.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

If you have a disability or specific learning difference and you are a home student, you may be eligible for a DSA. The DSA is a government fund which can provide support with your studies. This support may include specialist software, ergonomic aids and/or 1:1 skills tuition. This is tailored to each individual, so you may find that someone else with the same disability as you receives a different ‘support package’.

If you want to apply for DSA, it is important to begin this process as soon as possible, as the entire procedure can take up to 12-weeks.

If you require further information about the DSA application process, or any further information on Dyslexia or Disability support at Central, please contact the DDS service via email on DDS@cssd.ac.uk to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment with one of the DDS team.

Contact Us

Email: DDS@cssd.ac.uk 
Phone: 020 7449 1624

The support and guidance has always been invaluable... if you are lucky enough to have access to the service, use it!

I profusely believed in my first year that I wasn't dyslexic. If the DDS had not been friendly and approachable with their free no hassle screenings, I would not have entertained the idea.

Student Testimonials