Disability & Dyslexia Service

Disability & Dyslexia Service


Welcome to the webpages of the University of Worcester Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS)

We are here to support students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) including dyslexia. If you are not sure if this service applies to you then please just check with us and if we can’t help then we’re sure to know someone who can.

We also offer support and advice to other departments and individual staff in how to ensure that the needs of disabled students are met. 

Who is support aimed at?

Students with dyslexia or those who think they might have dyslexia and would like to be assessed. We are also here for students with sensory impairments, mobility difficulties, Autism/Asperger's Syndrome and a variety of medical conditions. This is not a definitive list so do just ask or check our web pages if you are unsure.

What support do you offer?

Examples include:

  • Discussing the barriers facing students and their potential support needs 
  • Supporting disabled students throughout their studies, offering advice and support. 
  • Liaising with other departments (academic and support services) to put appropriate support in place
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Offer advice around finance for aspects of their support, including Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) applications and help with the application process.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Offer guidance and training to staff and students.
  • Running Training and awareness raising workshops     

How will the Disability and Dyslexia Service help me when I am at the University of Worcester?

We encourage you to contact us as soon as you have decided to study at the University of Worcester so that we can discuss all aspects of your studies, any potential barriers you might face and to ensure that appropriate support and advice is provided to overcome these. We run an Information Day during the summer open to all prospective students and are available at Open Days and other University events to meet and discuss the support we can offer. However, our role doesn't stop there and we can meet with you at any point throughout your studies to discuss any of your support needs in a confidential and supportive environment. Please contact us to discuss your support needs with us and we will do as much as we can to help.

Assistive Technology

The University of Worcester has a range of assistive software available on the student networked PCs or available for loan from the ILS Helpdesk. The software includes:

For loan on dongle:

JAWS – screen reader and Supernova – screen reader and screen magnifier

Networked software:

Supernova - screen reader and screen magnifier

Inspiration – mind mapping
TextHelp – proofreading.