To confirm your eligibility for support and adjustments you will need to provide appropriate evidence of your disability. This evidence is held securely within the Disability and Mental Health Service and is only seen by staff who need to decide what specialist support you can receive. For more details on this, please see our Confidentiality Policy.
Please note: although for full adjustments and support we require the evidence listed below, we may be able to provide you with advice and some support with a lower level of evidence. It is always worth submitting whatever evidence you have as early as possible in your application for support, and we will let you know how we can help.
Specific learning difficulties
For specific learning difficulties i.e. dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. you will need to provide a full diagnostic assessment report carried out by an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. The report must give a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty, and not simply be for the purpose of assessing the need for exam adjustments, such as extra time and the use of a computer.
We can arrange for current students to undertake new diagnostic assessments where necessary. For more information please see the specific learning difficulties page.
We can accept one of the following:
- A letter confirming the diagnosis from a medical professional such as your family doctor or psychiatrist
- A Diagnostic Assessment Report from an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher demonstrating significant attentional difficulties
We can accept one of the following:
- A written statement or letter from a doctor or qualified medical professional, which confirms the nature of your diagnosis
- A Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) by a Local Authority or an Education Health and Care Plan
Mental health conditions
A letter or medical pro forma written and signed by your family doctor, psychiatrist or specialist mental health team is required. Documentation from a counsellor would not usually be considered sufficient.
For all other disabilities
For all other disabilities you must provide evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional such as a GP, consultant, specialist nurse etc. Depending on the prognosis of your condition this evidence may need to be within the last 12 months. It should specify the following:
- The name of your impairment or health condition
- When your impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
- How long your impairment/health condition is likely to last
- The main effects of your condition, particularly in relation to studying
- The side effects of any medication or treatment
If you do not have any suitable documentation you can ask your GP or specialist to complete our medical pro forma.
All evidence must be signed, dated, and written in English. If your evidence is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation. Please contact your embassy for a list of authorised agencies. The original (untranslated) document must also be provided, and this must be signed by the author.
Please provide electronic documents, not JPEGs or photos, wherever possible.
Payment for evidence
It is your responsibility to obtain suitable evidence and, if necessary, pay any fees incurred. However, for current LSE students, DMHS can arrange for you to be reimbursed for those charges within reasonable limits. If you are unsure, please provide details of costs before paying them, in order that we can advise how much can be reimbursed.
If you have any questions about the evidence we require please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.