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Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)


If the student intends to apply for DSA they should first consult a member of the disabilities team in Student Services who will assist them in completing the form and ensuring documentation is adequate. Most students will require a needs assessment and request this from SAAS/SFE or their LEA. For dyslexic students once they hear that they have a referral for a needs assessment, an appointment will be given to the student to discuss whether all appropriate background information is in place.

The Needs Assessment

An appointment for the Needs Assessment will be offered to the student, at a mutually convenient time and prior to the assessment; further information concerning course content and requirements will be sought from departments. The assessment process will be carried out in two parts by the staff concerned; Part 1 by the Dyslexia Adviser will cover sections A-C of the Pro Forma Assessment Report and Part 2 by the IT staff.

The assessment will be carried out in an accessible and private area where appropriate software and hardware are available for demonstration by the IT staff.

The draft report will then be completed within 10-14 days and sent to the student for confirmation that the report is correct. Upon signed receipt that the report is correct the final report will be sent to the student, SAAS/SFE, (or the student's LEA,) and a copy for the students file in Student Support.

Timescales and information

Students will be contacted immediately to arrange their appointment, which would be within 4 weeks of this date. They would receive their report within 10-14 days of the appointment. They will receive email notification at key stages of progress and appointments, including a reminder of their appointment.

Purchase and supply of equipment

On approval from SAAS/SFE or their LEA, our IT staff will assist students with the purchase, set up and ongoing support of their equipment. The IT staff, have a clearly established relationship with suppliers to outline the following:

  • Quotation system
  • Pricing (timescale for review of prices)
  • Delivery method and timescale
  • Set up and support
  • Training

External Links

Further information for Scottish students is available here

Further information for English students is available here

Further information for Welsh students is available here

Further information for Northern Irish students is available here

Further information for students from the Republic or Ireland is available here

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