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HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Disability

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HESA Student Record 2007/08

Fields required from institutions in Northern Ireland


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Short nameDISABLE

This field records the type of disability that a student has, on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students where any Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01

Base data typeDISABLECodeType
Field length2
Part of
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Reason required

To permit disability-based analysis; for monitoring levels and trends in participation by particular groups of people; to monitor take-up of Disabled Students' Allowance as Disabled Students' Allowance is now not means tested; to permit analysis based on type of disability.


Code 00 'No known disability' should be returned when the student indicates that they do not have a disability.

Code 10 'Autistic Spectrum Disorder' is to include Asperger Syndrome, as an example of an ASD.

Code 96 'A disability not listed above' may be used where it is known that the student has a disability, but what type is not known.

Code 97 'Information refused' should be used in all cases where the student has explicitly refused to provide disability information.

Code 98 'Information not sought' may be used for continuing students in cases where the institution does not already hold the information.

Code 99 'Not known' includes all cases where the information has been sought but is missing.

If this field is coded 02-96 indicating that the student has a disability, then Instance.DISALL should be coded 4, 5 or 9.

For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.

Business rules

Student.DISABLE must exist where any Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01

Schema components
Element: DISABLE
Valid entries and labels
00No known disability
02Blind/partially sighted
03Deaf/hearing impairment
04Wheelchair user/mobility difficulties
05Personal care support
06Mental health difficulties
07An unseen disability, e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma
08Multiple disabilities
10Autistic Spectrum Disorder
11A specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia
96A disability not listed above
97Information refused
98Information not sought
99Not known

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