5.3b Examples of 'reasonable adjustments'

Departments  may be asked to be reasonably flexible about course requirements and deadlines, without jeopardising academic standards.

Library additional services may include the provision of a “buddy”, a book fetch service, subsidised photocopying, longer loan periods, ergonomic furniture and/or specialist software.

Access to rest rooms and study rooms may be provided in the Old Building and a small room with specialist dyslexia software in St Clements Building.

LSE Circles Network, the Neurodiversity Interest  Group and a community service volunteer organise personal study support among students who form a peer-group support network, with individual and small group activities. This may provide note-takers, readers, “buddies”, informal support groups and practical assistance.

Individual Examination adjustments (covers all types of summative assessment). Students who have current medical or educational psychology reports that recommend alternative or adapted arrangements for assessment due to a disability, dyslexia or ongoing medical condition may apply, through the ISSA, for:

  • extra time  (usually 25%) for students who are dyslexic and/or dyspraxic to provide enough time to read the question and plan, proofread and edit their answers;
  • rest breaks  (usually ten minutes per hour) for students who experience fatigue, RSI difficulties, attention deficit disorders or certain medical conditions;
  • amanuensis  (scribe) for students unable to write or type for themselves;
  • use of word processor  for students with certain visual and physical impairments and some dyslexic and/or dyspraxic students;
  • provision of question papers in alternative formats, eg, enlarged, tape recorded, electronic or Braille; and
  • smaller exam room and/or ergonomic furniture  for a variety of conditions.

Other adjustments may be considered as appropriate.

Moodle, lecture capture and other technologies benefit all students and may reduce some of the requirements for individualised reasonable adjustments. Staff in the Disability and Wellbeing Service can advise about these and other aspects of inclusive practice and universal design.