1. How do I contact Disability Services?
The easiest way to make an appointment is to telephone Disability Services on 028 9097 5250 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can call in to the Student Guidance Centre and make an appointment at the Information Desk.
2. How do I register for support?
To register for support from Disability Services you will need to attend an initial meeting with one of our Disability Officers. If you disclosed your disability or long term condition on your University application, you will automatically be invited to this meeting when you accept your firm offer. If you didn't disclose this information on your University application please contact Disability Services on 028 9097 5250 or email@example.com.
At the meeting you will receive information on the service and we will discuss the supports that may be available to you when studying at Queens and engaging in University life. You should bring medical evidence which confirms your disability or long term condition to this meeting.
3. How do I arrange a Needs Assessment?
Once you have received a letter from your Education Authority confirming that you are eligible for DSA, book your Needs Assessment by contacting the Needs Assessment Centre on 028 9097 5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Should I declare my disability or long term condition?
Deciding to disclose your disability or long term condition is a personal decision. However, we strongly recommend that you inform us at application stage to enable us to address your individual support requirements.
All information will be treated in strict confidence.
5. What types of support are available?
Following your registration meeting, Disability Services may liaise with a variety of departments within the University, as follows, to endeavour to ensure that appropriate support is put in place to meet your individual requirements.
Disability Services is also involved in the provision of a variety of other services as indicated below:
6. Is there any financial assistance available?
The main source of additional funding for the majority of students with disabilities and long term conditions is the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) which is available through your local Education and Library Board, Central Services Agency or Social Services Inspectorate, depending on the appropriate funding body. The allowance is available to full-time and some part-time undergraduate students who are resident in the UK, and to some postgraduate students. Disability Services will carry out a 'needs assessment' of your support requirements and assist you with the application process. You are, therefore, advised to contact Disability Services as early as possible in the academic year if you wish to submit an application.
If you are a student from the Republic of Ireland, you are eligible to apply to its Department of Education's Special Fund for Students with Disabilities. Disability Services keep a supply of application forms, however it should be noted that the closing date for applications is at the beginning of October each year so early application is essential.
7. How many students are registered with Disability Services?
There are over 1900 students at Queen's registered with Disability Services. This includes students with visual and hearing impairments, mobility and physical disabilities, medical conditions, specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and those with multiple disabilities.
Queen's strongly encourages students to declare their disability or long term condition. All students registered with Disability Services will have an individual support requirements assessment. Disability Services staff will endeavour to put appropriate support in place for each individual student.
8. Does the University have a policy on students with disabilities?
Queen's is committed to equality of opportunity for all students and will, therefore, strive to facilitate students with disabilities as an integral part of the Queen's community.
There are six principles, which underline this commitment:
9. Where can I find careers advice for students & graduates with disabilities?
There are often other issues for students with disabilities and long term conditions, which may affect your career destination. Questions you may have could include; should you disclose your disability to a potential employer? Whether or not you need adapted/specialised equipment in the working environment? And, will your employer fund this?
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
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