Disability Support

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, we can help you access the study support you need to allow you to reach your full potential. If you’re not sure you have a learning difficulty, you can use this guide to help.

Whether you have a sensory or mobility impairment, an ongoing long-term/progressive medical condition such as epilepsy or chronic fatigue syndrome; a mental-health condition such as depression, anxiety or borderline personality disorder; Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), such as Asperger’s Syndrome; or a  specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia; rest assured you will receive the support and assistance you need. 

Our team will guide and assist you from the initial enquiry, be able to inform and liaise with external providers on your behalf, in addition to signposting you to additional resources and services where required.

In summary, the team are on hand to support you with the following: 

  • Accessing DSA forms online  
  • Filling in DSA forms with you  
  • Booking Needs Assessments with you  
  • Liaising with your tutor to provide in-class support 

If you need support or have any questions around the kind of support available, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What is DSA?

DSA stands for Disabled Students’ Allowance and is a process that can provide extra support for full-time and part-time students on a Higher Education course. If you have a disability, ongoing health condition, specific learning difficulty or mental health condition you could be eligible for DSA. 

There are 6 steps to applying for DSA:

  1. When applying for Student Finance you will have the opportunity to indicate whether you want to apply for DSA. In doing so, your funding body will send a DSA application form to you. If you do not receive a DSA application form, it is also possible to download a form online via this page.
  2. Your funding body will assess your application and will inform you in writing as to whether you qualify. 
  3. If you do qualify for DSA, the next step will be to book a needs assessment, which is designed to identify the support available. 
  4. To book a needs assessment you will need to call a company called Contact Associates on 01803 273060. 
  5. Once you have completed your needs assessment, you will be sent a report that will discuss the equipment and other support you will need and where you can get this support from.
  6. You will receive a letter from your funding body that will confirm whether the type of support that has been recommended to you, can be paid for from DSA. You will also be provided with guidelines on how to order recommended equipment or other suggested support. 

The funding will then be directed to the supplier of the equipment or support service, and your support will commence.