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Access Independence Consulting provides Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Needs Assessments. The DSA provides support and/or the additional financial assistance Higher Education students with disabilities or learning difficulties require. To find out if you are eligible please contact your Funding Body (Student Finance England, NHS Student Bursaries etc).

Once your eligibility for the DSA has been confirmed, contact Access Independence Consulting to book your DSA Needs Assessment.

Appointments are available within 2 working days. 

The Needs Assessment occurs in a relaxed environment by one of our team of qualified assessors who will identify the strategies which may enable you with your studies. This may include the consideration of assistive technology, specialist support and travel assistance. All strategies will be demonstrated and discussed, with specialist consideration of your condition, course and place of study.

After the Needs Assessment a report is written which, once you have read and agreed it, is sent to your Funding Body. This will occur within 10 working days of your Assessment.  If the Funding Body approves the Assessor’s recommendations, they will contact you regarding how to proceed with getting the equipment and support recommended.

The Assessment is funded through the General Allowance of the DSA, so you do not have to pay for it yourself.

We charge your Funding Body a single fee which covers your assessment and any additional reviews of your DSA provision for the duration of your course. This includes any time spent by the Assessor researching and communicating with the relevant people/institutions/Funding Bodies to ensure your needs are met.

If you acquire a new diagnosis during your studies, a Review Assessment may be required and we can advise on how to apply for this. 

Postgraduate and PGCE students may be eligible for a formal Review of their needs, funded through the Postgraduate DSA. We can advise on how to apply for this.

More information

More information about Disabled Students Allowances is available on: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview

DSA Application Form 2016/17: http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/1617/ft/sfe_dsa1_form_1617_d.pdf

DSA Application Form 2017/18: http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/1718/ft/sfe_dsa1_form_1718_d.pdf