Are you starting a new course and finding all the new terminology and information overwhelming? Wondering what an ATSP is or how to apply for DSA?
We’re here to help!
If you’re a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability you could be entitled to Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
DSAs can help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because of your disability
- other disability-related costs of studying
In addition, you may get a new computer if you do not already have one, or your current one does not meet your study needs.
You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance and will not need to repay DSAs.
How to find out if you’re eligible?
You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:
- specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia or ADHD
- mental health condition, for example anxiety or depression
- physical disability, for example if you have to use crutches, a wheelchair or a special keyboard
- sensory disability, for example if you’re visually impaired, deaf or have a hearing impairment
- long-term health condition, for example cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV
For more information on eligibility visit the Gov’s website here!
Applying for DSA
Applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) depends on whether you’ve already applied for student finance and whether you’re studying full-time or part-time.
For more information on ‘How to Apply’ visit the Gov’s website by clicking here!
Once your eligibility for DSAs is confirmed, Student Finance England may ask you to contact an assessment centre for a needs assessment. This helps them to understand what help you need (Be sure not to book this until Student Finance England asks you to).
The assessment is paid for through any DSAs entitlement you may have.
After the assessment, you’ll get a report listing equipment and other support you can get for your course.
This is where an ATSP comes in!
What is an ATSP?
An ATSP is an ‘Assistive Technology Service Provider’. ATSP’s supply your DSA equipment and/or training. Your appointed ATSP will need a copy of your funding body approval letter. Examples can be found here!
If your appointed ATSP is Remtek Systems you will be contacted within 24 hours of them receiving your information. Providing an email address will help speed up the ordering process.
You can send us this information by:
Fax: 0161 745 8343
Remtek Systems Ltd.
Unit 42, Leslie Hough Way
Salford University Business Park
Or if you’d prefer you upload your documents directly to Remtek Systems here!
If you are a student and would like to book training or equipment delivery contact our admin team on 0161 745 8353 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
0161 745 8353
0161 745 8353
University Business Park, Unit 42 Leslie Hough Way, Salford M6 6AJ