What are sensory, medical or physical impairments?
A physical disability is a long-term condition affecting a part of a person’s body that impairs their physical functioning, mobility, stamina or dexterity; it does not necessarily stop them from performing specific tasks but makes those tasks more challenging. Sensory impairments are when one of your senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness – is no longer normal.
Physical and sensory disabilities can be visible or invisible. A visible disability can be noticed by looking at the person whereas an invisible disability is, as the name suggests, one that cannot be seen or that is not immediately apparent. Invisible disabilities have their own challenges and can be just as challenging – and in some cases, even more so – than more ‘obvious’ ones. Sometimes, people with hidden disabilities can face discrimination from others who do not think they are really disabled.
Support and guidance
Sense: How to Support People with Sensory Impairments
Occupational Health, Safety and Training
Reasonable Adjustments for Students with Disabilities
Advance HE: Managing reasonable adjustments in higher education
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Support and Resources
Ally for staff
To help support staff with accessibility improvements and the use of Ally, a series of workshops will be facilitated by Digital Education.
These workshops will:
- Introduce key considerations for accessibility, including changes in recent legislation and what these mean for teaching and learning content.
- Demonstrate Ally for Moodle along with tips and tricks on creating accessible content.
- Support the materials we have updated on the DLE, 'Creating Accessible Content'.
If you have any queries or concerns, then please speak to us by
Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Our opening times: Monday to Thursday 8:30–17:00, Friday 9:30–16:30