Disability Policy - Cambridge Seminars College

Disability Policy

The management of Cambridge Seminars College recognises that a person with a disability has the equal opportunity right to study at Cambridge Seminars College in the same way as any other students. Cambridge Seminars College management understand that it is against the law for an educational institution to discriminate against someone because that person has a disability. Cambridge Seminars College itself is an equal opportunity provider to all students and staff as long as the person with special needs can accommodate with our available courses and facilities.

Cambridge Seminars College aims to offer people with a special need the same educational opportunities as everyone else. This means that if a person with a disability meets the necessary entry requirements of the college he or she should have just as much chance to study here as anyone else.

College strictly follows administrative decisions on a person’s ability to meet the essential requirements of the course. We do not make assumptions about what a person can or cannot do because of a disability.

1. Purpose

The purpose of this strategy is

To implement the commitment of Cambridge Seminars College in developing an environment in which all applicants and students are given the opportunity to demonstrate and realise their full potential
To provide for the commitment of the staff in their work to develop such an environment.

2. Aims

To embed a culture of support and equal opportunities for students with disabilities or learning difficulties.

3. Objectives

To provide fair and equal treatment of all students;
To comply with current legislation under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and the Disability Discrimination Act 2005

4. Policy

Cambridge Seminars College will ensure:

That applicants and students are given the opportunity to disclose a disability or learning difficulty;
That the requirements of applicants or students who disclose a disability or learning difficulty are assessed on an individual basis;
That reasonable adjustments are provided, within the resources available, for applicants or students who disclose a disability or learning difficulty;
That all discussions and information regarding a disability or learning difficulty are treated in a confidential manner.

5. Examples of Adjustments

Examples of adjustments include:

Additional time in tests and examinations;
Use of computer in tests and examinations;
Separate room provided to accommodate all students with additional time in tests and examinations;
Flagging examination scripts written by a dyslexic student without disclosing the identity of the student, enabling academic staff to take the learning difficulty into consideration when marking the script. Academic staff will be provided with guidelines on marking scripts written by dyslexic students
Facility to record lectures;
In the case of non-standard adjustments, the Course Leader will be involved in any discussions regarding adjustments to ensure that academic rigour is maintained and that the necessary resources are available.

6. Documentation

Students with learning difficulties are required to provide an educational psychologists report in order to enable the School to assess their needs appropriately and entitle them to the necessary adjustments.

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