The Disabled Studentís Allowance (DSA) and Dyslexia
The Disabled Studentís Allowance (DSA) helps disabled people to study in higher education on an equal basis with other students.
Dyslexic people can often benefit from funding for specialist equipment (e.g. laptop computers, a dicta-phone, a printer, specialist software), extra tuition from a dyslexia qualified tutor and sometimes tinted lenses.
If you are dyslexic you will need an up to date diagnostic assessment for the DSA. If you have had a diagnostic assessment before you were 16 this can be updated (a Ďtop-upí assessment) otherwise you will need a full diagnostic assessment. This evidence has to be sent with your application for the DSA.
You will have to pay for any tests to establish whether you qualify for a DSA. If you need a test but cannot afford to pay for it, you may be able to get financial help through your university or college's Access to Learning Fund.
It is best to apply as early as possible for the DSA. Do not wait until you have been accepted on a course at university.
Details on how to apply can be found at: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/EducationAndTraining/HigherEducation/DG_10034898
A helpful booklet can be downloaded from: Download Bridging the gap: a guide to Disabled Students' Allowances in higher education 2010/11 (PDF, 684K)
Please contact me if you need a diagnostic assessment or a top-up assessment for your DSA.
Full diagnostic assessment for DSA £400.00