Support for disabled students
We support students as individuals at RADA, and we will work with you to make appropriate adjustments and ensure that you can obtain additional support.
A high proportion of RADA students come with some form of impairment, mostly specific learning disabilities (SpLDs) such as dyslexia or dyspraxia or with mental health conditions. We have fewer students with physical or sensory impairments (although they are welcomed on our courses and we support students from all backgrounds) and an increasing number of students who we describe as ‘neurodiverse’, who are on the autistic spectrum or have ADHD.
RADA’s main training buildings in Gower Street/Malet Street and Chenies Street are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.
Tell us about your disability
RADA is committed to admitting and supporting disabled applicants. Applicants are encouraged to declare a disability so that appropriate support can be put into place as soon as possible. The term ‘disabled’ includes people with a physical or sensory impairment such as limited mobility or hearing loss; a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia; or a mental health condition such as depression.
Please note that if you do disclose a disability or impairment on your application form, this may be shared with the panel.
You are not required to include this information at application stage. but we recommend that you do in order to give us time to prepare and arrange suitable support. It will also mean that we can provide appropriate arrangements during the admissions process, where possible.
During an audition/interview
- A member of the admissions team will be on hand as we understand that you might feel nervous
- Please tell us if you would like to be seen first and we will try to accommodate this
- Do not worry. The panel will be aware of your particular circumstances if you have made them clear on your application
- It’s fine to ask the panel to repeat any question
- Take your time
- Remember that many applicants and students with disabilities and SpLDs have been to RADA before
Please note that all of our courses are very physical. Most auditions will involve games or warm-up exercises that are likely to include eye contact, and adjustments to this may not always be possible.
How does RADA support disabled students?
RADA will make reasonable adjustments for all students who declare a disability or impairment and require reasonable adjustments to enable them to participate in the training.
RADA’s support is currently jointly managed by the Student and Academic Services team and your Course Leader. We will usually encourage students who disclose a disability to speak with their Course Leader, as they will be able to advise on adjustments and what would be most helpful in their learning. Students can also talk to RADA’s Counselling & Wellbeing Manager, if they are concerned about sharing this information.
We encourage students to tell us about any condition that might affect their training, and they should do so knowing that we will handle that sensitive information in accordance with data protection legislation.
Once we know about a particular condition we will produce a Learning Agreement where necessary. This outlines the adjustments that will be made, who needs to know about this, and when it should be reviewed. We will do this in collaboration with you, you will be able to agree who has access to the Learning Agreement - it won't be shared with anyone else.
Disabled Students' Allowance
UK students are advised to make an application for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) through the Student Loans Company. This can provide valuable financial assistance to help with the adjustments required for learning for example, particular software for learning support, or a one-to-one session with an experienced learning support practitioner.
It can take several months from applying before full support is implemented, so do try to apply early. We can help you with the DSA application process, so please let us know if you'd like some assistance.
Student Loans Company will require evidence of the disability in order to make an assessment for DSA. There is more information here.
Students who are not eligible for a UK Disabled Students’ Allowance should, in the first instance, seek funding from their own country, funding body, sponsor or other source. However, RADA can offer some Study Skills support sessions and you should contact the Student and Academic Services team for more information.
Support for students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs)
For students with specific learning difficulties, we have relationships with external specialists who can undertake a diagnostic assessment, if you do not already have one. RADA will pay for the initial assessment and the Disabled Students’ Allowance will cover the cost of other support.
The Student Loans Company may ask you to make a contribution to costs (for example, if you prefer an Apple Mac to a PC), but one-to-one study skills or mentoring support will be covered.
You may also receive additional funding for printer supplies and photocopying; you will need to submit receipts to the Student Loans Company at the end of the year for reimbursement.