Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) funds support for home students with disabilities.
You may be entitled to DSA if you have a physical or sensory impairment, ongoing health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difference like dyslexia.
It is a government fund which can provide support with your studies. This support may include specialist software, ergonomic aids and/or 1:1 skills tuition or mentoring. This is tailored to each individual, so you may find that someone else with the same disability as you receives a different support package.
One you apply and your funding body confirms you are eligible for DSA you will be asked to attend a Study Needs Assessment which can be carried out at any Regional Access Centre. Central offers on-site assessments for registered students.
For further information and to apply for DSA, please click on the relevant link for you below. Your DSA is funded by the same body that would be funding your course.
Needs assessments are the next stage of the process of applying for the DSA. These are authorised by SFE (or SFW or SAAS) in a letter sent directly to you (the DDS does not receive a copy from your funding body). Please bring or send this letter to the Disability and Dyslexia Team at Central and we will help you set up a needs assessment appointment which can be carried out on campus at Central through Regional Access Centre for East London (RACEL). Alternatively, you can find a list of centres here.
The needs assessment is a meeting between you and a specialist who is trained to identify the support most appropriate for you and your course; a range of Assistive Technology will be demonstrated.
Needs assessments last about 1-2 hours and are free to you.
·Your needs assessors recommendations still need approval by your funding body - this is sent to you in a DSA2 letter. Please bring a copy to the Learning Centre when you receive it so we can help you put this support into place.
Note: 1:1 Mentoring and dyslexia support is offered on campus/