Disability and Dyslexia Service
Step by Step Guide for University of Worcester students applying for the
Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
Receiving the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is one of the key steps for
disabled students wishing to access additional support whilst at University. If
you think you may be eligible for such support please follow carefully the
If you want to know more about the Disabled Students Allowance and how it
may benefit you please ask one of the team in the Disability and Dyslexia
Service (DDS) or go to
If you are a UW student studying at a Partner Institution you may alternatively
wish to seek guidance from the Disability Co-ordinator based at your institute.
In either event the procedure will be similar.
Step Process Who makes
Step 1 Contact the relevant Funding Authority You, the
Apply for DSA: and ask for a DSA1 form to be sent to student.
Students waiting you early in the summer prior to joining
to join university university. (* see notes on final page)
Return the completed application to the
relevant Funding Authority with
evidence of your disability, medical
condition or dyslexia.
Step 1 It’s likely that you have come in and DDS will
Apply for DSA: discussed your needs with the Disability send off
Current students and Dyslexia Service (DDS), talked completed
about DSA and have completed a application
DSA1 form whilst here. In which case
we will forward your DSA application to
the relevant funding authority.
Step 2 Your funding authority will write to you You, the
Arrange Needs and ask you to arrange a Needs student.
Assessment Assessment where your support needs
whilst at university will be assessed. It
will enclose a list of places that can
offer this service.
If you are not sure how to go about this
please contact Disability and Dyslexia
Service (DDS). If you do not arrange a
needs assessment, the process will
If you wish, DDS can make
arrangements on your behalf to have
the needs assessment conducted on
the UW campus
Step 3 Once you have booked your needs You, the
Attend the Needs assessment you should attend at the student
Assessment agreed time and location. All your
support needs will be discussed with
you so that the right support can be put
in place when you start university.
Step 4 The Needs Assessor will write a report You, the
Receive needs setting out what your support needs are student
assessment and giving recommendations as to what
report support should be put in place for you.
The assessor will send you a copy of
the report, asking for your agreement to
forward a copy to your Funding
Authority and to DDS. You must
respond to this request to enable the
assessor to release the report.
Step 5 With your consent the Needs Assessor Funding
Funding authority will forward the Needs Assessment Authority
approves report to your Funding Authority.
The Funding Authority will review the
recommendations, agree and release
funding for support.
Step 6 In some cases the needs assessment Various
Ordering may recommend the use of certain
equipment (where equipment. If that is the case your
appropriate) funding authority will tell you how to
order your equipment. Some advise
the student to contact the suppliers
direct and others will ask the suppliers
to contact the student.
Most funding authorities will pay the
equipment suppliers direct.
A copy of your Needs Assessment will DDS
Step 7 also be sent to DDS. We will make
Arranging arrangements, with your agreement, for
support at university based support to be
If you study at a partner institute a copy
of the needs assessment report might
only be sent to one institute. Therefore
a copy should be shared with the other
institute to ensure your needs are met.
At all of the above If at any stage you want to check the You, the
steps progress of your application please feel student.
free to ask someone in DDS as they
can help you with this.
Also, if you are a current student waiting
for your needs assessment, we may be
able to offer you some support whilst
you wait. Please ask!
*What is the relevant Funding Authority?
HND, UMS and post graduate students: -
New students applying for 2009-10
the Student Loans Company, PO Box 210, Darlington DL1 9HJ
tel: 0845 300 50 90. Applications available to download from website.
For students having started their course in academic year 08-09 or before –
the student finance section in the student’s home LEA
NHS (bursary) students: - NHS Student Grants Unit. Applications available
to download from website http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/969.aspx
PhD students:- the Research Council that provides your bursary or if it is a
UW bursary then it will be the Student Finance section in your home LEA
If you need help completing the DSA1 please do get in touch with the DDS
who will be able to help.