Disabled Student Allowance Support
Are you thinking about going to university?
We know that deciding and moving to university or college can be an exciting and stressful time. At Complete Communication, we aim to make this transition as smooth as possible. We have years of experience in providing educational support (Non-medical helpers) via Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) to support Deaf and disabled students to be able to access education and workplace settings. We pride ourselves on ensuring the support we provide matches with the students and course needs. We are also a member of the Association of Non-manual helper providers.
What we do:
We spend time to ensure that support is tailored to your needs and course requirements Monitor all academic support to ensure DSA funding or equivalent is not exceeded. Provide consistent support and support professionals throughout your education and employment journey. We can assist with getting set up with DSA.
Disabled Students Allowance Funding (DSA)
What is DSA?
DSA is additional funding which may be available to meet any additional study related costs that you may incur, as a result of your disability. Students with a range of disabilities can apply, including those with:
Student support offered via DSA:
- Library Support Assistant
- Workshop/Laboratory Assistant
- Sighted Guide
- Proof Reader/Text Checker
- Study Assistants
- Exam Support Worker
- Mobility Trainer
- Manual Notetaker
- Specialist Notetaker (Deaf/Hard of Hearing students) including Electronic NoteTaker
- Specialist Notetaker for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students – Respeaking
- Specialist Notetaker (VI Students) – including Braille
- Specialist Notetaker for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students – Speech to Text Reporter (STTR)
- Specialist Transcription Service
- Communication Support Worker (CSW)
- Communication Support Worker with British Sign Language Users (CSW-BSL)
- BSL/English Interpreter – Includes Interpreter for the Deaf or Deafblind People
- Specialist Mentor – Mental Health Difficulties (MH)
- Specialist Mentor – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
- Specialist one-to-one Study skills and strategy – Specific learning disability (spLD)
- Specialist one-to-one Study Skills and Strategy Support – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
- Assistive Technology Trainers (AST)
- Specialist Support Professionals for Deaf Students (HI)
- Specialist Support Professional for students with Vision Impairment (VI)
- Specialist Support Professional for students with Multi-sensory impairment (MSI)
What can DSA cover?
DSA funding is divided into three parts:
Basic Allowance – general costs related to your course and incurred as a result of your disability e.g., printing, Braille paper, etc.
Equipment Allowance – used to buy any recommended equipment required to undertake your course due to your disability, such as computing equipment, assistive software and other technical aids.
Non-Medical Helpers Allowance (NMH) – pays for personal helpers e.g., notetakers, mental health mentors, sign language interpreters and study skills support.
Please note that every DSA application and assessment is individual to the student, and recommendations are based on that individual student’s needs, related to their disability and course.
How to Apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
To have the best possible chance of Complete Communication Services LTD supporting you through your education, follow the steps below when applying for your Disabled Students Allowance (DSA):
- Make sure you have a doctor’s note confirming your impairment or health condition, or a diagnostic assessment of your learning difficulty from a psychologist or specialist teacher.Apply for DSA via Student Finance England
- Arrange your Study Needs Assessment. You can find an assessment centre near you, or your course provider, using the DSA Quality Assurance Group website – with this link
- Attend your Study Needs Assessment – this is an informal chat with an Independent Needs Assessor, it is not a test. You’ll be asked about your course, and what challenges you experience as a consequence of your disability. During the assessment, ask your Assessor to call Complete Communication LTD for a quote for your non-medical help.
- After the assessment:
- You will receive your Awards Letter, which will tell you what equipment and support has been approved for you.
- Contact Complete Communication LTD to arrange your support.
What can you expect from us?
We are here to make your education journey as smooth as possible. When applying for Disabled Student Allowance, ask them to recommend Complete Communication LTD as your NMH provider and in return you will receive:
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I can honestly say that, were it not for you, I would have left and would be in a much worse place with my mental health right now.
Thank you so much for supporting me!