Disability Advisory Service (DAS)

We caught up with a member of the Disability Advisory Service team to see who they are and what they can do for you. Here’s what we found… 

What is the Disability Advisory Service?

The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is a service for students that focuses on supporting current and prospective students with Disabilities. They support a wide range of physical or sensory disabilities, mental health difficulties, medical conditions and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ASD.

What kind of services do you offer? 

DAS provides information and advice for current and prospective students.

Students may not be aware of the support that they are able to receive. The government (through the DSA application process) provides non-means tested grants that can help support student with disabilities.

DAS has links with:

  • Academic departments
  • DSA (Disabled Student Allowance)
  • Specialist support
  • Arrangements for Exams

How can students make an appointment?

It’s very easy for students to make an appointment with the Disability and Advisory Service. You can email them at disability@reading.ac.uk or call them on 0118 987 4202.

Where can students come and find you?

The Disability and Advisory Service can be found right at the heart of campus in the Carrington Building on the ground floor. Opening hours are from 10am-4pm.

The Counselling service can be found on the 1st floor.

Confidentiality?

Confidentiality is key. There are many private offices where meetings can take place. In addition to this, consent forms can be signed to share information with relevant parties only, and this is completely at the discretion of the student (this even counts for parents too!)

Don’t forget!

  • It’s not just visible medical conditions that can count as a disability
  • Requirements for support in university examinations need to be sorted by Feb 9th 2018
  • It’s never too late to find out what support you may be eligible for!