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A person is defined as having a disability for the purposes of discrimination law if he or she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her 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 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.

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 hold the Disabled Two Ticks Symbol.  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 previously known as DisabledGo* 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.

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