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University Students

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

As a higher education student living in England, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have dyslexia (or other qualifying disabilities).

In order to prove your eligibility you will need a full diagnostic assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher (such as a Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor) which has been carried out after the age of 16. Reports for Access Arrangements are not accepted.

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The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.

The DSA is available to both new and existing students.

You will need to send a copy of your report to Student Finance England with an application form.  If your application is successful, you will be offered an Assessment of Study Needs which will be carried out by an Access Centre, in order to assess what is appropriate in your specific case. 

To find out more about DSA please visit https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Helen Arkell is a DSA-QAG Registered NMH Provider (Band 4 Specialist Tuition)

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Moving on to University

Many of you will experience your first year of university this year. You are probably feeling somewhere between extremely excited and incredibly nervous. Learning to manage your studies in a new environment can also be daunting. We are able to provide you with support before you go and also during your studies.

Before you go - Degrees of Success Workshop

This Workshop is for students about to start their first year at university but those returning for their second or third year of study are also welcome.

What will I learn? You will learn strategies to help with:  Organisation /time management, research skills, advanced reading strategies, note-taking strategies, revision/examination techniques, writing including editing /proofreading skills and referencing.  

Where/ when? The workshop will take place at the centre. Read more on our course page >>

Support while you are at University

Our dyslexia tutors are trained to work with students at university. You will be able to learn study skills and strategies to help you achieve success. 

Where? Our dyslexia tutors’ can provide tuition at the centre or by Skype, which means that wherever you are in the Country or Overseas we can provide you with the support that you need.

When? The day and time of the sessions is arranged by the dyslexia tutor and you.

How much does it cost? As a higher education student living in England, you may be able to receive funding for support by applying for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have dyslexia (or other qualifying disabilities). 

If you would like to know how to arrange support contact us on enquiries@arkellcentre.org.uk

Reasonable Adjustments

Reasonable adjustments are the steps that can be taken to help the dyslexic student gain the most from his or her strengths and their ability to think differently, whilst helping to minimise the weaknesses. Sometimes the simplest changes can make the greatest difference. Reasonable adjustments will vary according to the individual student's needs, or course of study and the environment.

The reasonable adjustments should not compromise the essential requirements of the course of study, nor should they place undue financial burden on the institution (university or college).  Because reasonable adjustments vary according to individual need it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of examples. It is essential that advice be sought from a specialist to ensure that appropriate reasonable adjustments are recommended.

Implementing reasonable adjustments can sometimes take time depending on the nature of the student's dyslexia, course and environment. They work best alongside the development of skills and strategies and the individual will need time to practise these, as well as adjust to new study methods. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that improvements in performance will also take time.  The following examples are provided to show you a few of the different types of reasonable adjustment that might be considered within the context of university:

Examinations

  • Extra time
  • Use of a computer
  • Separate room
  • Consideration for spelling and punctuation

Lectures

  • Permission to record the lecture
  • Hand outs provided in advance

If you would like advice concerning reasonable adjustments contact us to arrange to meet with a specialist.

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