Disabled students may be eligible to apply to different sources for financial assistance with their studies. This funding can be used to purchase specialist/assistive equipment, to employ personal assistants, and to cover other costs associated their disability such as additional photocopying.
The Disabled Students’ Allowance offers a basic annual allowance of up to £1,725 in 2013-14 for items such extra photocopying charges and any additional course expenses which are related to your impairment.
There is an allowance, up to £20,520, for funding provision of student support assistants, such as notetakers, proofreaders, library assistance, sign language interpreters, or study skills support.
An equipment allowance, up to £5,160, is made for the whole period of your programme of study, and may cover the cost of assistive technologies such as personal computers, digital recorders, screen-readers and dyslexia-friendly software, as well as ergonomic equipment and furniture.
If you not able to use public transport, there is an allowance which can be given towards your travel costs. For example, if required, taxi fares can be paid to take you to University every day.
For further information you should contact SAAS, Student Finance England or the relevant funding body for your course of study. Alternatively, you can contact the Student Disability Service for advice on applying for DSA, on being assessed for appropriate equipment support, and to find out more about working with student support assistants.
For details on the University’s Disability Statement and other useful information, including funding for disabled students who are not eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance, visit the Student Disability Service website or contact the Student Disability Service directly.
This article was published on May 21, 2015