Most colleges and universities in the UK have a student disability service providing invaluable guidance and support to students who have a disability or health condition, such as epilepsy. If you feel you need extra help and support because of your epilepsy or any other physical or mental health condition, get in touch with this service.
Support given by this service often includes access to counselling, one to one support, or funding for technology that you may need to overcome some of the issues you may experience as a result of your epilepsy, such as a poor memory.
The service can also help liaise with lecturers over adjustments you may need, for example, sitting exams in a smaller room, getting more time sitting exams, or longer deadlines for submission of course work and essays. It all depends on how you are affected by your epilepsy, including possible side effects of medication.
It is important to explain to the student disability service the whole effect epilepsy can have on a person. It is not just about the numbers of seizures and possible side effects of your medication, but often poor memory, lack of confidence, low mood, and the risk of injury. All of this potentially impacts on your life and your ability to study and complete your course work but with the right support, epilepsy should not hold you back.
For more information like this, check out our Student guide.
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