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Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) at Barnsley College Higher Education

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

We begin working with someone even before they start their HE course; we can devise support strategies for part-time, full time,  undergraduate or post-graduate students – of any age!

We can arrange appropriate for any long-term diagnosis, specific learning difficulty, disability, chronic health condition or mental health issue, such as those listed below – there is no definitive list! If the diagnosis is persistent and long-term there is a support option available and reasonable adjustment can be arranged.

  • Mobility impairment/ wheelchair users
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Arthritis
  • Aspergers / Autism
  • Diabetes
  • ME
  • Persistent anxiety
  • Depression / Mental Health
  • Sight impairment
  • Dyslexia/ dyspraxia etc
  • Crohn’s / IBS/ Colitis

What we can offer you

Our service can offer you the following:

  • Dyslexia advice and guidance
  • Advice and assistance with applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and arranging a Study Needs Assessment
  • Advice to your academic team on adjustments that you may need
  • Liaise with college services including extended library loans
  • Liaise with external agencies to coordinate the practical support you may need
  • Advice on disability issues such as campus access or assistive software
  • Arranging your essential support workers such as a dyslexia tutor, a study mentor or a British Sign Language Interpreter
  • Flexible exam arrangements

Contact details

Jackie Reaney is the Disability Adviser and she will work with each student registered with the service to secure DSA funding, where appropriate, and explore a range of strategies which will improve the student’s academic engagement and experience.

Email: j.reaney@barnsley.ac.uk

Telephone: 01226 216 782

In person: Jackie is located in Room 316 at Church Street Campus.

Additional Information

What is DSA?

What counts as evidence

The Needs Assessment

Support strategies and reasonable adjustment





Last updated: 25th May 2023

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