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University of Sheffield - Disability & Dyslexia Support Service

The Disability & Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) is a friendly and confidential service which offers advice and support to disabled students and applicants.


Disability & Dyslexia Support Service

If you have an impairment or condition that can make it difficult for you to undertake study-related tasks like sitting exams, reading, planning and writing assignments, attending classes and taking notes in them or delivering presentations, then you are likely to be eligible for disability support.

We support students who:

  • have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
  • have a mental health condition such as depression or an anxiety disorder
  • have an autism spectrum condition
  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are deaf or hard of hearing
  • have a long standing illness or health condition such as asthma, epilepsy or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • have a physical impairment or mobility difficulty¬†

This is not an exhaustive list; if you have an impairment or condition that is not covered here but which has an impact on your studies please contact us to discuss what support we can offer you. See for more information.

Description of employment support provided
Preparing for Work
Careers advice & guidance
Work Experience
Careers advice & guidance
In-work Support
Getting to work/ reasonable adaptations to the workplace
Access to work / Other support
Careers advice / job coaching

Who to contact

Contact Name
Bryan Coleman
Contact Position
Head of Disability & Dyslexia Support Service
0114 222 1303

Where to go

University of Sheffield
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Our service is based in the Alfred Denny Building:


When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
Cater for special dietary requirements
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Visual impairment
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Hearing impairment
Cerebral Palsy
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Culture/ethnicities accommodated
Additional culture/ethnicity information
Support for wide range of UK and international students

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Referral required
Referral Details

No referral required. Please just contact us with your query. We will require diagnostic evidence but can assist you in obtaining this: 


Age Range
10 years to 100 years
  • Parking
  • Disabled Facilities
  • ICT Facilities

Local Offer


We provide advice and information, as well as support via support workers, assistive techology and reasoanble adjustments to learning, teaching and assessment. We can also discuss support for placements, study abroad, practical sessions, field trips etc

Contact Name
Bryan Coleman (Head of Disability & Dyslexia Support Service)
Contact Telephone
0114 222 1303
Contact Email
University Prospectus
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

If you are a specialist setting what other admissions criteria do you use? 

See general Admissions information, but also Disrupted Studies notification:

Please state the number of pupils on your roll and your average class size 

3000 disabled students are registered with our service. 

How does the setting identify learners with SEN? 

Funds diagnostic assessments for specific learning difficulties (for current students). Free screening software also available for specific learning difficulties.

Is your setting physically accessible to all learners? 

Support available:

AccessAble guide (accessibility of campus) : 

How does your setting adapt the curriculum for learners with SEND? 

Meet with a Disability Adviser who will (with your permission) create a Learning Support Plan. This will include support recommendations for your academic department, and ensure that staff are aware of your support requirements.

What training have your staff received to support learners with SEND? 

No medical training. Experience in the support of disabled people and students. Various training, depending on individual caseloads.

How do you communicate with and involve families? 

As students are adults, we can only communicate with parents and/or guardians with the written permission of the student.

How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? 

Annual student surveys, regularly achieving 90% satisfaction rate or above.

What support do you provide for the learners' overall wellbeing? 

Optional social group for students on the autism spectrum. Various types of support for disabled students who find university life challenging:

What kind of behavioural interventions do you use?

How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? 

Inclusive approach and reasonable adjustments for placements, field trips, study abroad etc

Do you offer Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs or Holiday Clubs? Please specify. 


How do you consult with and involve learners in their education? 

Collaboration on Learning Support Plans and ongoing discussion throughout their course

Do you have an online prospectus? Are there open days for families and learners? 


Do you offer outreach to home educating families? 

Not as standard, but we would be happy to respond to any requests. 

Does your setting offer any additional services for learners with SEND? 

Adapted study bedrooms, en suite study bedrooms, and other adjustments in accommodation:

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