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Disability Services

Metanoia Institute – Disability Services

The MI welcomes applications from students with disabilities. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support that we can offer as a way of enabling those with disabilities to study as independently as possible during their time at the MI.


On your application form, you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability. You do not have to declare your disability at this point but we recommend that you take this opportunity to make us aware of your disability and support needs. This will ensure that you receive information and advice from us promptly.

To discuss your particular needs in confidence, please make an appointment with us to arrange a visit, via the administrator of the course that you are applying for, so that we can tell you what support is available and discuss with you what if any, reasonable adjustments you will require during your course of study. Wherever possible we will try and combine this discussion with the day of your interview.

Campus accessibility

The MI aims to ensure that all courses are designed to offer the best possible opportunities for full participation by disabled students. Due to the age of the buildings, however, there are some parts of both campuses, that may be difficult to access for some students. If you are a wheelchair user or have difficulty with stairs, please contact us so that we make sure to arrange for you to be seen on the ground floor of our building at North Common Road, which is fully accessible. If you benefit from the use of a hearing loop, then again please let us know, and we can arrange for your to be seen in one the training rooms where we have hearing loops fitted.

You are welcome to contact us before you enrol, or even before you accept an offer from us to help you assess the suitability of our facilities and to discuss your individual support requirements

What you should do if you are already studying here.

If you are already studying at the MI and have not disclosed a disability, we would encourage you to do so. The sooner that you tell us of your requirements, the better we can put the appropriate support in place.

How your information will be used

The information that you provide will be used to enable us to liaise with those colleagues who need to know about the support that you require so that this can be arr anged to best serve your interests. Your data will not be disclosed for other purposes without your consent, except where there is a legal obligation to do so or where exceptional issues of personal safety arise.


The information will be processed and held in the MI’s administration systems and used for the administration of your related academic support and any other legitimate purpose. In doing so, we will observe at all times the data protection principles embodied in the Data Protection Act 1998.

Advice and support are available, but not limited to students with the following conditions: -

  • Specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia)
  • Blindness or visual impairment
  • Deafness or hearing impairment
  • Mobility difficulties (e.g. wheelchair users, back pain, hypermobility)
  • Mental health difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • Long-term health issues (e.g. diabetes, arthritis, cancer, HIV)


Support on Offer

The MI will work with you to identify and implement reasonable adjustments. Our aim is to reduce any disadvantage you may experience as a result of your disability and support you in your independence.

There are a variety of different forms of support available, which may include:

Programme-centred support

Examples of possible adjustments implemented within the learning and teaching and research environments include:

  • Providing handbooks, lecture slides, handouts in advance, or in different formats such as large print or on disk.
  • Providing a directed reading list
  • Allowing students to record lectures
  • Extra tutorials to provide explanations of practical tasks
  • Personal emergency and egress plans

Academic and Exam support

We have established procedures in place for making alternative course work and final assessment arrangements if you should require this. Depending on your specific needs, a range of alternative methods may be employed including:

  • Extra time for examinations and course work submissions
  • Disregard of poor spelling, writing and grammar
  • Provision of examination questions in alternative formats e.g. Braille, large print or disc or on coloured paper
  • Specific exam arrangements, e.g. alternative format, extra time, breaks, etc.



Specialist Equipment


We have a small stock of specialist equipment, which is available to loan to students who are either in the process of making an application for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) or are unable to access disability funding. We may also be able to purchase smaller pieces of equipment, where appropriate.

This equipment includes for example:

Laptops / PCs,
Digital voice recorders, video equipment, student enabling IT packages, such as mind mapping technology, assisted text-to-speech and magnification software.


Useful Resources for Studying:

The following lists have been amended from information Mary Noon, Dyslexia Specialist www.maynoon.uk


Free Electronic Aids




What does it do?


Where can I get it?


NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)

Free complete screen reading package for blind users. Reads out web browsers, word documents and Windows operating system.

Text to Speech, Screen-reading





Reads out aloud text in separate window (does not read Word docs directly). Uses Windows voices (You can download high quality Techdis voices). Text can also be saved as .mp3

Text to Speech





Reads any selected text, highlighted, in a separate window.

Text to Speech



Citethis forme

Helps generate references





Free mind mapping software – which helps you plan your essays. PLEASE NOTE: There is a charge for XMind8 Plus and XMind8 Pro

Mind Mapping





Note taking software that makes your notes available online, on your computer and on your phone. Also available: Apps on the App Store and Google Play)

Note Taking




Athena: Free Assistive Technology Software Inventory

Tints the screens and can work from USB (Google ssOverlay Greece).


http://access.uoa.gr/ATHENA/eng/ applications/view/61


Adobe Reader 10

Reads aloud most PDF documents. View menu, Read Out Loud, Activate Read Out Loud, click on text or Read This Page Only.

PDF Annotator and Text to Speech

http://www.adobe.com/products/ reader/


Nuance PDF Reader

Converts PDF documents to Word which can then be read out aloud by Orato or NVDA.

PDF   Converter





Word prediction software for those who find spelling difficult. You need to load up documents from text files to generate vocabulary lists.

Word Prediction



Windows Voice Recognition

You speak and it writes what you say. You need a reasonable quality headset (microphone) for this.

Voice Recognition

On your computer, Windows button, type in ‘speech’ and click on ‘Windows Speech Recognition’.




Dyslexia/Dyspraxia Support


Metanoia Institute - Assessments for Dyslexia.pdf

Dyslexia in Adulthood - a Complete Guide for Therapists.pdf

Dyslexia - an Emotional Account.pdf




Library support

If you are a disabled student or have a support need or medical condition, the Library staff aim to ensure that you can make full use of the library facilities.

In order to take full advantage of all the Library's resources and services, it is important to make yourself known to the Library staff as soon as possible after starting your course. Extra support includes:

  • Extended library loan facilities
  • Prioritised reading lists
  • List of free on-line resources which can assist your studies.

Funding Opportunities

For students from the UK, with evidence of a disability or medical condition, you may, provided you have started on a degree, be funded by The Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). Other financial support is also sometimes available. Full details of entitlement are available at: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students- allowances- dsas/overview.

The support received through DSA depends on your residence status and your individual needs: it is not dependent on income, it is paid on top of other student finance, and it does not have to be repaid. If you have any questions about this allowance you can contact Amalia Sexton on amalia.sexton@metanoia.ac.uk

DSA can help fund:

  • Specialist Equipment e.g. computers, dictaphones, software, ergonomic equipment, etc. Non-Medical Helpers e.g. specialist dyslexia tuition, sign language interpreters, note takers, mobility support, mentors, etc.
General Expenses e.g. extra books, photocopying, Braille paper, USB's, printer cartridges, etc. Extra Travel Costs
  • Once you have received confirmation of eligibility for DSA from your funding body, please contact Amalia Sexton who will then meet with you, if necessary to help you with your application.

International Students

The MI recognises that disabled students may have to incur additional costs in order to pursue their studies. Because international students are not eligible for DSA, MI will wherever possible support disabled international students so that they may benefit from an academic experience similar to that of their UK peers. We do, however, advise that international students also investigate sources of funding in their home country before coming to the MI.

To be eligible for this support you must be enrolled at Metanoia and be able to show that you have a disability that affects your study such that you will incur extra costs.

Charities offering funding

The following organisations may also be worth approaching for grants to help with your study costs:

  • The Snowdon Award Scheme provides grants to physically impaired students to help them make the most of further or higher education or training. 
  • Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired offers financial grants to young people who have a hearing impairment and are residents of the UK. 
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is available in many public libraries and contains information about possible sources of funding. 
  • The UKCP http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/UKCPTraineeBursaryScheme offers financial grants for psychotherapy students on UKCP accredited courses who are seeing clients under supervision. They give priority to disabled, black and Asian and LGBTQ trainees.


Student Voice 

Students are represented on the MI’s Equality and Diversity Committee, Staff and Student Committee and Academic Committee. The committees (and others such as the Board of Studies) offers an opportunity for students to raise with us issues about academic provision and the provision of and access to facilities and support services. It also provides an opportunity for students to influence our policies. If you are interested in being involved in one of these committees, please let your programme leader know.

Contacts and further information

If you have any queries regarding the above, please talk to your programme leader or the administrator from your course who will put you in touch with the right person to talk to.

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