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Should I disclose to my university? Help

Post by hanna » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:36 am

Hey

I am starting a masters in Occupational Thearpy and I am unsure should I disclose my learning disability to the university.

I didn’t tick the box on the application if I disclose later will they think I have been withholding information and not trustworthy? The reason I withheld the information is that it is an excellerated program and feel strongly that a learning disability would have effected me getting a place.

I am afraid of being discriminated against which I know is technically illegal but I think I would be naive to think it doesn’t effect even subconsciously people’s opinions of you.

Maybe I am to emotionally connected to the issue to think clearly and definitely still have a chip in my shoulder about the whole thing but feel that tutors would be looking more closely at me to see if I make mistakes or that I am inadequate to practice if I disclose.

The other thing is OTs work with people with dyspraxia and I guess I feel weird about becoming an OT since I have dyspraxia. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s illogically but I have a fear that people will be like don’t be stilly you need an OT and can’t become one.

Reasons I want to disclose is that I am financially struggling to do this course so also working part time so feel I should get all the support I can and hopefully a free laptop as I can’t afford one. Also scared of lying and getting found out.

Does anyone know if it’s my choice to disclose or I legally have to since it’s a health care course?

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Re: Should I disclose to my university? Help

Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:00 am

I believe it is your choice.

When I undertook professional study for a University Diploma in social work - to become a probation officer in 1973 - I was not aware I had DCD/Dyspraxia and so could not seek specialist support, which I do not know whether it would have been provided as the UK anti disability discrimination laws were not passed until 1995.

In hindsight I would have reported it and taken what ever support may have been available as eventually the fact that my subsequent employer was not formally aware of my disability contributed to the early end of my career when by 2003 I could not cope with changes in working practices and was not then in a fit state to effectively campaign for them to be put in place. I also struggled at times with my course of study and completing assignments in a timely way, which would have been less stressful if I had understood about DCD at the time and knew what may have helped. Instead I muddled through but possibly became better at making adaptations - a very good skill in relation to social work, which is basically about using all the facilities available to support a client make the best of their life without harming others.

At the points of conflict in 2001/2 I was greatly supported by my trades union - of which I had been an active member from 1974 and had taken on various representative roles almost up to my regretted early retirement

I know that Universities are now legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments as are employers and not to advise them of a disability maybe considered by some as effectively making the study and the job harder than necessary.

I think one needs legally reliable personal information and so I think I now would initially consult the National Union of Students with a view to consulting my University Student support department. I may also join any trade union to which I was eligible as a student member, considering my possible future employment.

Unison would be one I would consider, they can probably advise, as I expect can the TUC.

https://southwest.unison.org.uk/healthcare-students/

I would also seek advise in the UK from The Dyspraxia Foundation or alternatively the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Not getting appropriate advice early enough probably contributed to me ending my career on a lower salary than would otherwise be the case and so the effect continues to this day as I receive a lower occupational pension, which in turn affects my family. Fortunately it is sufficient to provide the necessities of life, even though I did not give it a thought as a student.

https://www.nus.org.uk/en/campaigns/disability/

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/abou ... a/finding/

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Re: Should I disclose to my university? Help

Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:08 am

Incidentally - maybe there is useful experience in another thread which could be worth posting in - to see how things are working out for contributors from years ago?

http://www.dyspraxicadults.org.uk/forum ... =12&t=4623

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Re: Should I disclose to my university? Help

Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:20 am

Incidentally - as a probation officer/social worker - I worked with clients throughout an almost 30 year career who were dyspraxic - sadly I only gained self knowledge very latterly but even over that time it was useful.

The biggest problem was the high number I suspected who were dyspraxic who had no idea about the condition - I did not necessarily disclose to them and at that time was (ridiculously) initially ashamed of being found out.

My efforts to get one fellow referred for assessment were a complete failure due to the poor services available in the prison where I was then seconded to work - nonetheless I felt my practice was enhanced by that knowledge.

I do not know what happened to this research: -

https://www.theguardian.com/society/joe ... fficulties

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Re: Should I disclose to my university? Help

Post by northolt999 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:17 am

I recommend disclosing to your university even if you just go to the disability service department during freshers or any time, this will allow you to receive extra support if needed. Before going to uni I had an unofficial diagnosis and got a full assessment free of charge and feel the help I have recieved has been able to get me through the first year.

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