Learning Disability’s Week 2021

Learning Disability’s Week is running from the 14th – 20th June 2021, with this year’s theme being all about Art & Creativity!

A learning disability is a condition which affects how a person learns new things throughout their lifetime. This disability affects both how they understand information & how they communicate. A person with a learning difficulty may experience difficulties with:

  • processing & understanding new or difficult information
  • developing new skills
  • coping independently

The NHS predict that “around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability”, with up to 350,000 of those people having a “severe learning difficulty”.

Support available at Reading

If you have got a learning disability, there are a range of support options available to you at the University of Reading. A list of all of these can be found on the “Specific Learning Difficulties” page on Essentials, and include arrangements for exams, access to lecture recordings & more.

We would also recommend registering with the Disability Advisory Service upon starting at the University. If you are unsure about how to do that, here are the steps:

Students can register with DAS by completing our online form and uploading medical evidence for their condition/s:

  1. Log on to the RISIS Portal with University username and password, plus RISIS security password: https://www.risisweb.reading.ac.uk/si/sits.urd/run/siw_lgn
  2. Click ‘What to do next’ (on right hand side of the page)
  3. Click ‘Register with the Disability Advisory Service’

If you would like to find out about Exam Arrangements & considered, all of that can be found on the “Specific learning Difficulties” page above, or you can talk through it with an advisor after registering with DAS.

Learning Disability’s Week has been created by Mencap, be sure to check out their website to find out how you can get involved!

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