PhD and disability

23-Jun-18, 18:57
edited about 28 seconds later
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posted about 2 years ago

I understand the highly personal nature of this question, but I would very much like to hear from anyone (personal message, if preferred) who has done or is doing a PhD and has a disability/ies. I have the opportunity to do a PhD (which, without wishing to sound fluffy, is a dream come true) but I have multiple and complex disabilities. Any experience shared will be treated with respect and in confidence if PM'd.

I have read blogs about this but would very much like to open a dialogue about it.

25-Jun-18, 17:45
by Biggles
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi WitchingHour, I have experience of both of these. I'd message you personally, but I can't work out how to do that. So if you could somehow get back to me, I'd be interested in talking further. Best wishes.
23-Jul-18, 18:57
by Cat123
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posted about 2 years ago
Having multiple disabilities myself I strongly advise speaking to the University's Disability Services before starting or applying even if you can, get an idea of reasonable adjustments that have been approved in your department. Look online the for guidance the University has in this respect. Also apply for DSA as early as possible if you are eligible, if your stipend is research council funded you need to apply to the research council. Look at what student health facilities the University has also, this can make a big difference. The Uni where I did my undergrad was great where disabilities are concerned, they would do their best to meet needs of all students as far as possible so few adjustments were needed and they had an excellent SH Service. Where I am now is quite a contrast. Having supportive and understanding supervisors really helps also, sadly I don't have this. My disabilities have not held me back but with the right support and adjustments where needed it can make things a lot easier.
24-Jul-18, 09:49
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by Mark_B
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi Witching Hour,

You mention that you've already looked at some blogs on this topic, but just in case you've missed it, I thought I'd share a page from FindAPhD that brings together different students' experiences:

These were actually drawn from some very helpful folks on the forum a few years back. Perhaps they'll be helpful.


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