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RADA welcomes applications from Applicants with disabilities, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

A high proportion of RADA students come with some form of disability, mostly specific learning disabilities (SpLDs) such as dyslexia or dyspraxia or with mental health conditions. We have fewer students with physical or sensory disabilities (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.

Accessibility

RADA’s main training buildings in Gower/Malet Street and Chenies Street are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

Tell us about your disability

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 on your application form, this may be shared with the panel.

You are not required to include this information at application stage but we strongly 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

  • Do not worry and remember the audition/interview panel wants you to do your best in your audition/interview. The panel will be made aware of your access requirements if you have made them clear on your application.
  • A member of the admissions team will be on hand in case you need any kind of additional support or adjustment during your audition or interview.
  • Please tell us if you would like to be seen first and we will try to accommodate this.
  • 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.

Do note that all of our programmes are very physical. Most auditions will involve games or warmup exercises which are likely to include eye contact and/or physical contact. Adjustments to this may not always be possible.

How do RADA support disabled students?

RADA will make reasonable adjustments for all students who declare a disability and require reasonable adjustments to enable them to participate in the training.

RADA’s support is currently jointly managed by the team in Student and Academic Services working with 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 in the first instance.

We encourage students to tell us about any condition that might affect their training, and that 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. This will be done with the student, and the agreement will only be shared with the people whom the student has agreed will have access to it.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
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 the point of application before full support is implemented, therefore, we strongly advise that you apply for DSA at the same time you send your application to RADA. Student Loans Company will require evidence of the disability 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 Student and Academic Services 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, should there not already be one in place. 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 the student to make a contribution to costs (for example, if you prefer an Apple Mac to a PC), but 1:1 Study Skills or mentoring support will be covered. Students may also receive additional funding for printer supplies and photocopying, for which receipts should be submitted to SLC at the end of the year for reimbursement.

How does RADA support students?

Under the Equality Act 2010, all students have a right to reasonable adjustments. These are changes made to remove or reduce barriers to learning caused by differences or disabilities. For example if someone is diagnosed with dyslexia, they can be given course materials in advance of a class. Reasonable adjustments are made on an individual basis in collaboration with students to ensure that the training is made as accessible as possible.

Any student who discloses a learning difference, disability, or neurodiversity will be offered a Learning Agreement. A Learning Agreement describes the nature of the difficulty the student is experiencing, and lays out the reasonable adjustments that RADA will put in place to support them. We will do this in collaboration with you and you will be able to agree who has access to the Learning Agreement - it won't be shared with anyone else.

You can speak to your Course Director, a member of the Student and Academic Services team, or the Head of Student Wellbeing about any support or adjustments that will help you get the most from your training.

Once you are enrolled, any information you disclose to us will be kept confidential, and only shared with those people whom you choose. We manage all sensitive information according to General Data Protection Legislation.