UWIC is keen to promote the benefits of disclosing a disability to all disabled students. This is in order to know about students' disabilities and discuss reasonable adjustments that can be put in place in order for them to have a positive experience when studying at UWIC.
If you haven't disclosed your disability on the UCAS form
You will have had the opportunity to disclose your disability on the UCAS form. If for whatever reason you chose not to - maybe because you felt you would be discriminated against, that is your right. However, you may find that upon commencing your studies, it is in your interests to disclose. Hopefully UWIC has a culture that makes you feel comfortable about disclosing.
You need to be aware that if you have chosen not to disclose your disability, you may miss out on valuable support for times when you need it, eg:
- in examinations and assessment (extra time, use of a Scribe for students with specific learning difficulties, eg dyspraxia, dyslexia, etc)
- on field trips and placements (eg transport issues, use of a Support Worker for a student with Asperger's Syndrome)
- in the lecture environment (eg use of a Note Taker for a student with a hearing impairment)
- utilising the library facilities (eg utilising of a Library Asssitant for a student with ME)
If you chose to disclose your disability after you have commenced studies
You can disclose verbally or in writing to any member of staff within UWIC. You need to know that once you have informed an individual, the institution is deemed to know about your disability and what needs you may have. If this is the case and there is a written record of your disclosure, then the Institution has a responsibility for meeting your needs.
If you are adamant that you only want limited individuals (ie individuals in the Disability Service and restricted course staff) to know about your disability, then you should state this clearly. It may be that the Disabiity Service will only impart information to your course on what adjustments need to be made and NOT about the disability. If you only want information restricted to the person that you disclosed to, you should be very clear about this.
You should be aware that if you want complete confidentiality regarding your disability, UWIC may need to make reasonable adjustments in an alternative way. These will be discussed with you.
Further, you should be aware that Health and Safety overrides confidentiality. It may be necessary to break any confidentiality agreement for the following reasons:
- you are a danger to yourself or others
- there is a legal requirement to disclose the disability
- there is an issue surrounding fitness to practice