Students we support
We support students with a range of disabilities, learning difficulties, and other health and mental health conditions.
Disabilities we can offer support for
Specific learning difficulties
Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) include, but are not limited to dyslexia, dyspraxia, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Mental health difficulties
Mental health difficulties include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders, or psychosis.
Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Find out how University of Bristol research into understanding the issues experienced by autisic students is helping improve our help and support.
Sensory impairments include, but are not limited to visual or hearing impairment, blindness, or deafness (with or without British Sign Language as a first or preferred language).
Mobility difficulties include, but are not limited to paralysis, scoliosis, chronic pain, difficulty walking, or using a wheelchair.
Ongoing health conditions
Ongoing health conditions include, but are not limited to arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, narcolepsy, repetitive strain injury (RSI), cancer, HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, chronic pain, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).
Other disabilities and conditions
If you have another disability, specific learning difficulty, health, or mental health difficulty that is not listed, contact the team to discuss options for support.
How to get support
Tell us about your disability
If you have a disability, tell us so we can make recommendations for your teaching and assessment.
Get a diagnosis
If you suspect that you have a disability, or one that is not listed, we encourage you to get a diagnosis.
Temporary injuries, illness and pregnancy
Temporary injuries, illness and pregnancy are not disabilities. This includes injuries such as a broken arm or leg, or illnesses such as viral infections. You can:
- contact a doctor for advice and treatment
- contact your school as soon as possible to discuss any impact on your studies
- consider applying for extenuating circumstances
- contact the student funding team if you are in financial hardship
- request wellbeing support.
If you are diagnosed with a temporary condition that becomes a disability, contact us to discuss your options. This happens when your injury or illness leaves you with a lasting, non-trivial impairment that affects you in your day-to-day life and study.
If you already have evidence that your temporary condition has become a long-term disability, request a study support plan.
Listen to Hager's story about how she navigates university life with her disability.