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Disability support medical evidence

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All students are required to provide supporting evidence to qualify for disability support at Goldsmiths

Evidence provided needs to indicate the students meets the definition of a disabled person as described in the Equality Act 2010.

A person is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on ability to undertake normal daily activities.

  • ‘Substantial’ is more than minor or trivial, eg activities take longer than is usual, compared to someone who is not disabled
  • ‘Long-term’ means 12 months or more, eg an injury that heals within 12 months is not a “disability” regardless of severity, whereas a medical condition likely to last more than 12 months is (provided it conforms with the substantial condition)

Acceptable Evidence

This should be in the form of a recent letter from a GP or other health professional, or a specific learning difficulties assessment report (for dyslexia, dyspraxia).

A Disability Adviser will determine whether the evidence meets the Equality Act definition and the LSO can seek the advice of the Inclusion and Learning Support Manager if required.

Each disabled student will be offered a RASA (Reasonable Adjustment Support Agreement) which will outline the appropriate support and adjustments that can be expected from Goldsmiths.

You can arrange to meet with a Disability Adviser via the Student Centre.

Insufficient Evidence

Letters or reports may not include sufficient information, for example:

  • A statement that repeats self-described symptoms
  • Symptoms are of a short term nature
  • No diagnosis is given

Payment for evidence

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain evidence and pay any fees incurred.

However if a student provides medical evidence in good faith and this is deemed unacceptable proof of disability then financial support can be provided. 

In the following circumstances, Goldsmiths will reimburse up to £50.00:

  • Student’s evidence was considered acceptable by the Disability Service, but has been rejected as inadequate by Disabled Students Allowance.
  • Student’s evidence was not considered acceptable by Disability Service, but the Disability Adviser believes the student is likely to demonstrate a disability if further evidence is sought.