Disability Support

The Disability Advisers offer individual support and guidance to students who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mental health issues, autism, medical conditions and physical and sensory impairments.

How we can help

We will work with you to ensure that the right adjustments are made to your teaching and learning. We can also help you to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance. Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning, for example by having lecture notes and other materials being made available in advance of classes, by audio-recording classes or by having extensions to deadlines.  Other support needs may be met through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which may entitle you to I.T equipment, software and specialist one to one study skills support.

FAQs

How do I tell you that I have a disability?

During the application process there are many opportunities for you to declare your disability and the conservatoire’s disability advisers, Laura York and Scott Sinfield, are always happy to discuss your individual needs and requirements at any point during your studies. 

What support does the conservatoire provide for disabled students?

Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning, for example by having lecture notes and other materials being made available in advance of classes, by audio-recording classes or by having extensions to deadlines.  Other support needs may be met through individual reasonable adjustments and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which our Disability Advisers can help you to apply for.

The conservatoire can also offer Learning Support to disabled students.  This service includes help with reading and writing, numeracy and literacy skills, time management, organisation and support with research and completing assignments. 

Free specialist diagnostic assessment for dyslexia is also available.

What is DSA?

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant provided by the government for Higher Education students who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mental health issues, autism, medical conditions and physical or sensory impairments.  It is administered by Student Finance England (SFE).  It’s not a loan, it isn’t means-tested and you don’t have to pay it back. 
DSA can be used to buy specialist computer equipment and assistive software, pay for study skills and mentoring support, fund additional travel costs or help with additional course-related costs.  You will need to get evidence of your support needs from a doctor, educational psychologist or other similar professional to send with your application.  We will be able to advise you on this.  We will also be happy to help you complete the application form.

Leeds College of Music NMH Rates Table 2017.18

Further information is available on the following Student Finance websites: 

Information for DSA Needs Assessors:

Information for Assessors 2017-18

Information for Assessors - Classical
Information for Assessors - Film Music
Information for Assessors - Jazz
Information for Assessors - Popular
Information for Assessors - Production
Information for Assessors - Postgraduate

What is the building access like?

The conservatoire occupies modern, purpose-built premises, with lift access to all floors.  A rest room is provided for the use of anyone who needs to take medication in private, take time out to rest or relax, or is taken ill.

Contact us

Laura York and Scott Sinfield

disability@lcm.ac.uk

0113 222 3421

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