On this page:
  • Discuss reasonable adjustments and support
  • Screenings
  • Drop-in service
  • Full diagnostic assessments
  • Discuss the results of your full diagnostic assessment
  • Accessing funding for disability-related support
  • Accommodation
  • Need to talk to us about something else?
The Disability Advisory Service provides a range of appointments to suit your needs. All appointments are treated confidentially and last a maximum of one hour (with the exception of diagnostic assessments which can take up to 3 hours).

Discuss reasonable adjustments and support

If you know you have a disability or impairment and want to discuss required support and adjustments, you can speak to a disability advisor. The appointment will last a maximum of one hour. The support available pages have further information about what we may be able to offer you.  

What happens in this type of appointment?

The advisor will discuss with you the ways in which your disability or impairment may be impacting on your studies. If you already have relevant evidence, we will review this and let you know if it meets the required standard. If you do not have evidence, we will discuss with you how to obtain this.  
Provided the evidence is suitable, the advisor will begin work on your Suggested Reasonable Adjustments Document (SRAD), which will detail what support and adjustments the Disability Advisory Service recommends. Once finalised, we send this document to you and your departmental disability officer.  
You will also be asked to sign a Consent to Share form. This gives us permission to share relevant information with staff members who may be involved in implementing the recommended adjustments.  


If you think you may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) or an autistic spectrum condition (ASC), you can undergo a screening to see if there are any indicators of these. Screenings last a maximum of an hour and depending on the results, you may be asked to come back for a second screening.   

What happens in a screening?

During your appointment, we may ask you various questions regarding:
  • your learning styles;
  • your reading and writing;
  • personality traits.
You will be asked to sign a Consent to Share form. This gives us permission to share your disability and support information with relevant individuals. If you do not agree to sign a Consent to Share form, we cannot refer you for a diagnostic assessment.   
*Please note, we pause screenings during the summer and restart in the new academic year.  

Drop-in service (Online)

The drop-in is a very short meeting (15 minutes max) with a disability advisor.  This service is very popular and in high-demand, therefore, we recommend you use the drop-in to discuss any of the following:
  • checking evidence validity;
  • providing evidence for additional exam arrangements;
  • signposting to relevant services;
  • applying for the disability accommodation subsidy;
  • other basic questions about support.
The drop-in service runs Wednesdays from 14.30 to 16.00. 
If you want to have a more detailed discussion about your support needs, please make an advisor appointment, these last 1 hour and will give us plenty of time to explore your support needs.

Full diagnostic assessments

If the results of your screening indicate the possible presence of an SpLD or autism, the Disability Advisory Service will refer you for a full diagnostic assessment by a qualified assessor. You cannot directly request to have a diagnostic assessment; you must be referred by us after you have had a screening. 

What happens in a diagnostic assessment?

Assessments can take 2.5 to 3 hours, and the assessor will ask a range of questions about how you have learned throughout your life. You will undertake various tests to measure your problem-solving ability, literacy and thinking skills, and you may be asked questions about your development as a child. 

Discuss the results of your full diagnostic assessment

Once you have received your diagnostic assessment report, you are strongly recommended to meet with a disability advisor. This will enable you to discuss your report, along with any recommendations your assessor has made and how you can action them.

What happens in this type of appointment?

The disability advisor will discuss the report with you in order to:
  • check that all the information is accurate;
  • to clarify the findings;
  • to ensure you agree with the recommendations.
If you haven’t already done so, you will be asked to complete a Consent to Share form. Once this has been done, the advisor will draw up a Suggested Reasonable Adjustments Document based on the report as well as the discussion at this appointment.  
The outcomes of my diagnostic assessment page has further information.  

Accessing funding for disability-related support

If you have any questions about funding, we can signpost you to the relevant information. 

What happens in this type of appointment?

The advisor will establish whether you are entitled to any further support beyond that which Imperial provides and will assist you in applying for this where possible or appropriate.


In some situations, the Disability Advisory Service can support you with accommodation related queries. Examples of areas we may discuss in these appointments include:
  • the disability-related accommodation subsidy;
  • continuing accommodation;
  • accommodation adjustments or equipment in undergraduate halls;
  • and accommodation as a postgraduate student.

Need to talk to us about something else?

If you feel none of the options listed here match your need, you are still welcome to make an appointment with one of our advisors.