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

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

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:

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

Student stories

Listen to Hager's story about how she navigates university life with her disability.

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