The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a Government grant for UK students enrolled on full-time or part-time higher education courses. These grants help meet the extra costs students can face as a result of a disability or specific learning difficulty and are aimed at helping disabled people to study on an equal basis with other students.
Eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance? Further information can be found at:
This grant doesn’t depend on your household income and it is paid on top of the standard student finance package. And you don’t have to pay it back. The maximum allowances for full-time and part-time higher education students are meant to support the highest levels of need, so most applicants will not receive the full amount; however, if you are eligible, the Disabled Students’ Allowance is worth up to £5161 for specialist equipment for the entire course. More is available for a non-medical helper.
Further information from Student Finance England can be downloaded as a PDF called: Bridging the Gap. This leaflet gives full details of eligibility criteria and how to apply. The process can take a while, so the sooner you do this the better.
If you qualify for a Disabled Students’ Allowance you will need to have a Needs Assessment. It is recommended you use one of the centres from the Disabled Students’ Allowance Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG); this web page will help you find the centre nearest to you.
iansyst’s role in the DSA Process
iansyst Ltd is a leading Assistive Technology supplier. We are also an approved DSA-QAG (the Disabled Students’ Allowance Quality Assurance Group) supplier and provide specialist equipment and training for students who have received the DSA award. With UK-wide coverage iansyst, is one of the largest and most experienced DSA suppliers, meeting the needs of disabled students since 1996.
As part of the Needs Assessment, an Assessor or Disability Officer will be required to provide your funding body (i.e. Student Finance England (SFE), Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), Local Education Authority (LEA) etc) with a report which includes quotes from different suppliers for the equipment and training you need to help with your disability. iansyst provide a DSA Quoting System 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or alternately access to a quoting team to help generate quotes easily and efficiently , making sure your requirements are fulfilled.
We supply complete computer systems using well-known brands. These have been tested for reliability and compatibility with the assistive technology recommended from the disabled students needs assessment report. Some of these additional recommendations include: speech recognition; text to speech and mind mapping software, as well as electronic dictionaries and digital voice recorders.
iansyst has many years experience in providing assistive technology and we are proud to offer independent, expert advice on the solutions available. This gives our customers the ability to make an informed decision when finding the right product for them. We specialise in helping people with disabilities including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, visual impairments, hard of hearing and disabilities which require ergonomic solutions, such as repetitive strain injury and other mobility issues.
Students who receive their equipment and training from us can note that iansyst took a leading role in setting up a the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for suppliers. To give you an idea of the high standards expected of a DSA Supplier you can read what is now known as the Quality Assurance Framework QAF (PDF). This is a base standard which we always try to exceed.