I have a couple of disabilities or health issues and in two minds about declaring them on my UCAS application.
I have Dyslexia which I don't mind declaring.
I also have lifelong general anxiety disorder starting in my teens, after a nervous breakdown. On the one hand, Its mostly under control the last few years, on the other hand, I kind of want them to know about it. For in the event I need some support at some point, and in someway to provide context for why I failed my GCSE's the first time around. (I'm a 29 year old mature student retaking all qualifications I need to meet entry requirements.
This poses a few questions.
Will declaring one or both of the above hurt my chances of getting offers? I know it isn't suppose to, but the applications are being processed by human beings.
My UCAS application currently only shows terrible school grades from 13 years ago, with all current grades pending. Will unis assume that I won't do much better this time around? (Given they don't have access to this background context anywhere on the application.)
How would I declare both when UCAS appears to allow only one category to be selected on the application? Should I add the second health issues in the "further details" box below?
Help with any one of these questions would be greatly appreciated.
(Original post by claireestelle)
Hello fellow dyslexic person,I declared my dyslexia and dyspraxia both times going through ucas, and then i was given information about accessing support and could have had reasonable adjustments in interviews if i'd asked so i would recommend doing so if you feel comfortable . Tick either relevant box then mention both in the further details box. Get your referee to mention the background of when you were in school in your reference. Also once you have a confirmed place, apply for disabled student allowance, it can take time to get support in place so the sooner you apply the better
I will probably declare both in the further details box then.
My only concern is my reference is more of just a standard reference issued by my current institution (Open University), and gives no real personal information or grade predictions. So, its not possible for me to provide that background context through my referee. (Which might normally have been the case.) I feel handicapped by this, but having spoken with the OU, they won't include anything else in the reference.
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