Blindness or visual impairment

Disclosure for applicants

If you have not yet applied, please disclose your blindness or visual impairment when you apply for a place. If you have already applied but not disclosed, you can do so by sending your medical evidence to us at and we will get back in touch with you.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustment to help reduce the effect of an impairment or medical condition that places you at a substantial disadvantage in your learning, teaching or assessment situation. For example, adjustments to assessments such as extra time, use of a computer or alternative assessment.

Find out how to request adjustments

Additional support

If you are already accessing support from an external provider eg Guide Dogs for the Blind, RNIB sighted guide, UWE Bristol can work with you to integrate this support. 

You may also find the following websites helpful:


Depending on your eligibility, funding can cover such things as specialist equipment and support workers.

We strongly recommend you apply for Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) as soon as possible and at least three months before you start your course, if you are eligible. If you are not eligible for DSAs please contact Disability Service.

Study support

The support and equipment you will receive at the University is normally decided through your Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) Study Needs Assessment. Depending on your support needs, the following may be applicable to you:

  • access to note takers and orientation support through dedicated Support Worker Service
  • support assistance for library, reader, specialist lab support etc
  • course materials and hand-outs in enlarged or alternative formats such as Braille
  • assistance with travel to the University
  • alternative formats of library books through our Library Alternative Formats Service
  • provision of assistive technology (equipment and software)
  • exam adjustments such as scribes, readers etc.

You should also look at the range of university study skills support as well as Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions.

More support for impairments

Get more information and advice on support for any impairments.

More support for impairments