How to get diagnostic assessments and medical evidence
External and local support agencies
Student induction presentations
Setting up support
1. Tell us about your disability
Declare a disability on your application form. If you forget to do this email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and so we can contact you.
Support at University is not automatic and you will need to complete the whole process.
2. Complete the forms you have been sent
Once you have made a declaration you will receive an email with forms to complete and return, and also a request for your diagnostic evidence. Please email these to email@example.com.
We only accept electronic forms and diagnostic evidence.
This email will also advise you about support to explore and apply for before you start your course.
3. Next Steps
Once you have returned your forms and diagnostic evidence we will send you a follow-up email with your next steps.
Some students may be asked to book an appointment with a Disability Adviser by emailing their availability to firstname.lastname@example.org, or be asked to come to an Access Solent Drop in at the start of their course.
4. Set up support
Following any communications with Access Solent, we will email you the key points, including any next steps for you to complete.
This may include any agreed exam support, applying for any support funding, or if you need to make any further support arrangements before the start of term.
5. Contacting your Course Team
After your appointment or drop-in, with your permission, we contact your course team with further information about your declaration and support needs.
You should discuss your support needs with your course team and develop good communication with them throughout your studies, including any opportunities for tutorials and feedback. Ask your course team about any prior reading you can do before the start of your course.
Make any arrangements for support, including your personal care or any support from funding bodies (such as Disabled Students’ Allowance), before the start of your course.
If you have any questions about your disability support please contact Access Solent.
Register with Access Solent
To access any support, you will need to register with us first.
Complete the registration form. We will also need diagnostic evidence or a Needs Assessment Report.
Email these documents to email@example.com. If you book a an appointment online you can also attach this to the booking.
Personal care support is
funded and arranged by your local social services / NHS team, and you will need to arrange this with them directly. It is essential
you ensure this support is in place before you start your course.
If you access any support or medication via your GP or the NHS, you will need to arrange
the transition of any on-going treatment
requirements with your current doctor before you start your course.
University staff cannot set up your personal care or your medical prescriptions. You will need to collect medicine yourself from your GP or pharmacy.
How to get a diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties
If you want to explore a diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties, it is important to inform the assessor you require a full diagnostic assessment for university and to apply for DSA. You'll need to have had an eye test in the last two years. You may be asked to have an Optometrist assessment before an SpLD assessment.
The following websites provide details of assessors:
Medical Evidence for disabilities and long term health conditions
If you have a disability or long-term health conditionyou need to provide the university with evidence of your diagnosis or a DSA
needs assessment report so that we can set up support for you. Medical evidence must:
state clearly the
confirm that the
condition is long term i.e. over 12 months
include a summary
of how the diagnosis impacts on you
be from a medical
professional qualified to give a diagnosis e.g. a GP, psychiatrist etc. Please
note that statements from teachers or counsellors are not acceptable as
The medical evidence template below can be given to a medical professional to complete.