Support for students with a learning difference, disability or neurodiversity
RADA is a diverse community where we embrace difference.
Many RADA students present with learning differences ie dyslexia, dyspaxia, ADHD; mental health issues ie anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress; and neurodivesity ie Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Some students present with physical or sensory impairments such as limited mobility or hearing loss.
We support students as individuals and will work with you to make appropriate adjustments to help you succeed in your training and reach your potential.
RADA’s main training buildings in Gower Street/Malet Street and Chenies Street are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.
Applications, auditions & interviews
RADA is committed to supporting all applicants. Applicants are encouraged to declare any difficulty, condition or disability so that appropriate support can be put into place as soon as possible.
Please note that if you 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 for support
- 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 RADA welcomes and supports students who present with learning differences, disabilities and neurodiversity.
Please note that all of our courses are physically demanding. Most auditions will involve games or warm-up exercises that are physical and likely to include eye contact. Adjustments to these may not always be possible.
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.
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
If you have a learning difference, disability, neurodiversity or health problem you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a government funded grant, which can include the following provisions:
- Computer equipment and assistive technology
- 1:1 Mental health mentoring, up to 30 sessions per year
- 1:1 Study skills tuition, up to 30 sessions per year
- General allowances to cover the cost of printing, photocopying and other expenses
We will support you to make an application. The process can be complex and take several weeks from making the application to receiving support. We understand that if you are dealing with a learning difficulty or similar, filling in forms can be stressful. We will help you through each step until you have a successful outcome.
If you have declared a learning difference, disability, neurodiversity or a health problem on your application form we will get in touch with you at the start of term to discuss whether you would like to make an application for DSA.
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.