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A person is defined as having a disability for the purposes of discrimination law if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

The University also has a dedicated Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) working with a large number of staff (and students) including those with:

  • specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia)
  • mental health difficulties (such as anxiety)
  • medical conditions (such as epilepsy and arthritis)
  • deaf and hard of hearing staff
  • blind and partially sighted staff
  • staff with autism/Asperger syndrome etc.
  • neurodiverse staff

Their services can be accessed via their intranet pages:

You can join the Disabled Staff Network Group which is open to all members of staff at The University of Manchester who consider themselves to have an impairment or long term health/medical condition or members of staff who have an interest in this area.

‌The University i‌s proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.  This is recognition given by Job Centre Plus to employers who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment of disabled people.

A map has been produced by AccessAble and shows all accessibility around the campus.  This map can be accessed here:

The map is also available as an app - making it even easier to navigate the campus:

Access to Work is a specialist disability service from Jobcentre Plus that gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment. It is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act.

Zoom has now introduced live closed captions/transcripts to match Teams.

 To turn this on:

  • You must log on to the Zoom web portal Sign In - Zoom
  • Once signed in, select ‘settings’
  • Ensure you’re in the ‘meetings’ tab
  • Select ‘in meetings (advanced)’
  • Select: Closed captioning
  • Allow host to type closed captions or assign a participant/third party device to add closed captions
  • Enable live transcription service to show transcript on the side panel in-meeting

When you open the Zoom app, you’ll now see an option for ‘live transcript’ – click on this and select ‘enable auto transcription’.

Further Info

If you would like any further information on this or any other equality issue please contact the Equality and Diversity Team