Disability Support in Durham
by Minnie Parker, SHAPED Junior Rep
This is published in reminder of the disability support/exam concession deadline on March 22.
The university has hundreds of services that we get emailed about, what seems to be, every day. Loads of them just fill up our inbox and we know they probably don’t apply to us (or we just don’t want to face the “50 new emails” bubble). But sometimes you might miss out on something that could really help you.
One of those things might be disability services.
If you know you have a disability, whether it’s physical or a learning difficulty, disability services would be great to get in contact with. They have a huge range of support that they can offer for everything from ADHD to dyslexia to wheelchair use. They’ve got you covered. Maybe you’ve thought how much easier your life would be if you could just keep that book from the library for a bit longer to finish that reading. Or maybe some days you’ve been in too much pain to trek cardiac hill to your lectures.
Nothing you are struggling with can’t be helped in some way. It can sometimes be really hard to ask for help. People can get self-conscious about admitting they have a disability and that they might need help. But it’s better to have the help in place and not need it than get to a breaking point and not have the support you need. Just one email can help you get a meeting to talk about how you’re struggling and to see what they can do to help you. Any question you have for them is a valid question. It’s their job to help and they’re really good at it so they are really worth a visit.
If you are struggling with a disability you don’t have to put up with it. Have a chat with disability support. You won’t regret it.