ASSIST-TECH: DSA Study Aids and Study Strategies Assessor ("Needs Assessor") Resources.
QUICK LINKS: Check DSA Spec Here. | NMH RATES / RESOURCES
'Laptop tax' for disabled people.
In 2014 the coalition government decided that students receiving
a computer from DSA should contribute £200 towards the cost. Many
non-disabled students who are not able to buy a computer can rely on
campus-based computer resources, but disabled people in the same
position are forced to buy a computer if they want to perform to the
best of their ability but their disability means they cannot
spend long periods on campus outside time-tabled taught sessions (e.g.
due to pain, fatigue, frequent ill health etc). This seems incredibly
Some universities are trying to help by offering access to funding to
help cover this cost. Here is a link to a site that is trying to gather
up information about which universities are offering help.
£200 shortfall and MS Office info.
If you are thinking of apply for support from DSA please do not let
this put you off. Funding is currently still available to help
with some of the computer costs along with specialist software and
other strategies you might need. Given the current track record there
is no guarantee this will continue, so do not delay your application!
DSA for students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
Type of student
Specialist equipment allowance
Non-medical helper allowance
Up to £5,212 for
the whole course
Up to £20,725 a
Up to £1,741 a
Up to £5,212 for
the whole course
Up to £15,543 a
Up to £1,305 a
allowance of up to £10,362 a year
(Travel continues to be effectively unlimed for undergraduate, part of the allowance for postgraduate).
Major changes for 2015-16:-
guidance (in its current form April 2015). This is supposed to be the
final version but given the current circumstances be sure to check for
any updates to this guidance.
now expected to contribute £200 towards a computer
recommendation. Some HEIs are looking into how they can help students
cover this cost.
- DSA will only be
available for high cost computers e.g. non-PC laptops and desktops, PC
computers with larger memory, faster processors and/or graphics cards
where such a computer is required solely because of the student’s
disability – and they will no longer be funded through DSAs where
the need is solely due to the way in which the course is
Two quotes now required for all NMH and taxis.
Most forms of DSA support are still available to students (thanks to all the effort of disability professionals!).
- Expect to make greater use of existing computer subject to it meeting a certain specification / criteria. Check DSA Spec Here.
- More info on DSA policy changes.
Non-medical helper £20,725 (max PT £15,543)
Specialist equipment £5,212
General Allowance £1,741 (max PT £1,305 - calcuated based on FTE after assessment fee is deducted)
Postgraduate students: may be eligible for one allowance of up to £10,260 per year to meet all costs for both full-time and part-time courses.
DSA Petrol Allowance (single journey): (£0.29 X miles) - public transport cost.
NOTE 2015-16 DSA Petrol Allowance (single journey): (£0.24 X miles) - public transport cost.
NMH Rates, Sources and Calculations.
DSA Practitioner Updates.
Disability Evidence and Definition.
Taxi companies with capability to set up a DSA account (April 2015).
World Taxi Meter to calculate estimated travel costs by taxi.
TransportDirect for distance by car and public transport routes.
TFL (London) for single ticket costs.
TravelLine for national public transport routes and links to operators.
For students who are not automatically eligible for public transport concessions, this guidance document might indicate if they could be eligible for discretionary travel support.
Freedom Pass info (Greater London).
Student Advice, Reasonable Adjustments and HEI Responsibilities.
Disability Rights UK Advice.
Advice and Info from the NUS.
Adjustments for Disabled Students - Disability Rights UK.
ECU Equality Legislation.
EHRC Disabled Students and Learners in Post-16 Education.
Resolving Equipment Issues.
Equipment suppliers: check supplier QAF
Advising on non-DSA matters.
Independent benefits advice: DIAL Network.
Learning and Development: Podcasts.
BBC In Touch Podcast.
Assistive Technology Update Podcast.
2010/11 DSA amounts summary.
2010/11 DSA guidance summary.
Full govt. guidance (Doc) 2010/11.
Education (Student Support) Regulations 2009 (DSA Section).