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Disability Coordinator

RTC Education

Location: London
Salary: £35,000 to £40,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024

The postholder will focus on providing specialist support for students with disabilities and specific learning differences (SpLDs), in addition to general advice to the wider student population.

Regent College London’s diverse student population includes a significant proportion of students with disabilities and additional learning needs. The Disability Coordinator will assist students with Disabled Student Allowance applications and identify support with diagnostic assessments. The Disability Coordinator will be able to conduct initial screenings and full diagnostic assessments for individuals with Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs). The successful candidate will hold the SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) from a SASC Approved awarding organisation (BDA, Dyslexia Guild, or Patoss) and will be responsible for producing comprehensive assessment reports in accordance with guidelines for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) applications.

Specific duties 

  1. Provide specialist advice, guidance, and support to disabled & students with long-term medical conditions and mental health conditions.
  2. Develop plans and reasonable adjustments in coordination with relevant stakeholders.
  3. Reduce and remove barriers to accessing learning and teaching for disabled students.
  4. Liaising with academics and other members of staff, where necessary, to ensure students receive appropriate on-going support.
  5. Conduct full diagnostic assessments with the objective of determining the technical and human support study needs of a student with a disability and/or SpLDs.
  6. Construct written reports which fully justify the outcome of the assessment and which specify equipment/services recommended, their costs and potential suppliers
  7. Demonstrate a range of suitable assistive technology and specialist software during the needs assessment.
  8. Keep up-to-date with all relevant legislation, policies and updates relating to disabilities, government funding (DSA), equipment and software, higher education and support strategies.
  9. Participate in Continuous Professional Development to ensure that each assessment report reflects an indepth and up-to-date knowledge and awareness of enabling technology hardware, software, support strategies, policies and relevant legislation.
  10. Working with academic and professional/specialist support staff to develop and deliver a programme of events and activities to support both applicants to the institute and students in relation to wellbeing and mental health.
  11. Ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations related to disability support services and Regent College London’s partners.
  12. Contribute to the overall improvement of disability support services within RCL.
  13. Planning and delivering high-quality workshops, webinars and presentations to students and staff (in-person and digitally).
  14. Deal competently, sensitively and in a professional manner when interacting with students who can be distressed and or demanding, observing confidentiality in line with Data Protection and GDPR and policy regulations including those with external partnerships.
  15. With appropriate training, act as a Safeguarding Lead for the college. 

Person Specification

  • Hold a SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) from a SASC Approved awarding organisation (BDA, Dyslexia Guild, or Patoss).
  • Experience in conducting initial screenings and full diagnostic assessments for SpLDs.
  • Possession of a degree or an equivalent qualification, or qualification by experience, coupled with a comprehensive understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and DSA legislation, and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively in the higher education (HE) sector. 

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