Whenever the word 'disability' is brought up, I am sure most people will conjure up an image of a person sitting in a wheelchair in the first place . Besides physical disabilities, students have a right to disclose any minor and invisible disabilities such as dyslexia, diabetes and epilepsy to the university if they feel they require education related adjustments to enable them to undertake the tasks associated with study. Moreover, a disclosure may create an opportunity for educating others about disability and its impact to avoid misunderstanding and labelling by others. However, disabled students are likely to encounter discrimination and be excluded from certain activities after disclosing a disability. On top of that, not every university is able to provide enough resources to fulfill the needs of disabled students, if so, what difference does a disclosure make?
As 'disability' is the main theme of this essay, I would have to define such term before moving on to explain the dilemma of disclosing a disability to the university. A disability can be either a mental or physical impairment which has an adverse effect on one's ability to carry out normal daily activities which has lasted for at least 12 months . Therefore impairments such as dyslexia, diabetes and epilepsy are treated as a disability. If I take dyslexia as an example, without doubt it can be improved through academic training, however it can never be cured therefore it remains an example of disability.
The dilemma of disclosing a disability to the university normally takes place before students submitting their degree application. The following questions will be considered by students before disclosure. 'Do I need to disclose my disability', 'when and how do I disclose my disability' and 'what are my rights' . Students may feel confused as they do not know the answers to these questions and rather leave it if their disability does not require any specific adjustments at this time. Therefore they should also contact individual university or college to discuss any individual support and need.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the only British admission service for students applying for an university and college course, students may choose to disclose any form of disability on this online application system and chosen institutions will be informed in advance which help both students and themselves to prepare and arrange support in time for the start of the course. In this case, disclosing a disability via UCAS and making sure one will receive reasonable support at university is simple. There is no reason not to disclose in terms of procedures, nothing is complicated, there is even different categories of disability with definitions on UCAS to help students to disclose their actual situation. When the form is completed, disabled students can be sure that additional help will be given by university, I will discuss the perspective of university to...