Disabled people can experience barriers in accessing education due to a broad range of physical or non-physical conditions. This includes learning differences such as dyslexia and AD(H)D, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, sensory impairments such as hearing or sight loss, neuro-diverse conditions such as autism and physical disabilities affecting a range of mobilities.
Disability is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities”.
As a university, we have a duty to remove barriers for our students, staff and visitors and make “reasonable adjustments” to ensure those with a disability are not placed at a significant disadvantage compared to non-disabled people. At Essex we provide these adjustments through a range of facilities and support services and we constantly strive to do more to provide an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities to all.
We want as many people as possible to use our website, including students, staff and visitors, and we are committed to providing a website that is accessible to all. We constantly strive to improve the accessibility of our digital services in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. You can read our accessibility statement which provides further details and links for reporting any issues with this website.
Our Essex Access Forum is a group that works to constantly review and maintain a high standard of physical and non-physical access to all staff, students and visitors to Essex. Membership of the forum is open to staff and students, disabled and non-disabled, meeting to discuss and consult across a range of access themes and issues, with a view to solving problems and providing practical solutions.
Essex works with AccessAble, a charity that provides detailed information about the accessibility of places, businesses, organisations and venues across the UK. Essex has a ‘Positive about disabled people’ status, reflecting our support for the disabled community across our three campuses.