Disabled Students


​Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended), Cardiff Metropolitan University has a legal obligation not only to guard against direct discrimination resulting from someone’s disability but also to:

  • promote equality of opportunity between disabled and non-disabled people

  • eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the DDA

  • eliminate harassment of disabled people related to their disabilities

  • promote positive attitudes towards disabled people

  • encourage participation by disabled people in public life

  • take steps to take account of disabled people’s disabilities, even where that involves treating disabled people more favourably than non-disabled people.

When seeking work placement for disabled students, it is expected Cardiff Metropolitan University will make reasonable adjustment to enable this. You are going to be the best adviser of how placement organisers can help you through the application process and placement period. For example, extra support may include increasing frequency of visits if required, assisting with CV writing and applications, assisting with transport arrangements, ensuring adequate health and safety measures are in place.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Disability Service, 029 2041 6170, will be able to provide you with additional information, including financial assistance available etc.

Useful links

These are just some of the organisations which provide support for disabled students seeking work experience. If you need help finding more or making applications, please make an appointment to see a Career Adviser.

SKILL (National organisation supporting disabled students), Freephone 0800 3285050, Text Freephone 0800 068 2422

Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently.

EmployAbility works with disabled university students and graduates to ease the transition from education into employment and runs an ever-expanding range of internships and graduate programmes for large international and UK employers.

RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind), Helpline 0845 7669999, Cardiff office 029 20 450440

Blind in Business is an organisation who will help visually impaired students look for work, from supplying vacancy information, to assisting with the application process.

Action for Blind People also offer support for work preparation for visually impaired students.

The Employers Forum on Disability provides a framework for employers committed to developing best practice in the employment of disabled people. Their membership list is available on the website and may be a useful starting point when choosing work experience providers with a positive attitude to disability.