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Assessments for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

What is a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) diagnostic dyslexia assessment?

Where appropriate, full diagnostic reports for students aged 16 years and above by a Specialist Assessor holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate. A full diagnostic dyslexia assessment supports the application for DSA as it is accepted as evidence of a specific learning difficulty. It also provides recommendations when preparing to apply for university or to Student Finance England for the disabled students’ allowance (DSA).

The report uses the format and tests recommended in accordance with DfES and SASC Guidelines.


What is Disabled Students’ Allowance?

As a higher education student living in England, an application can be made for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if they have a disability, including a:

  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia

A student must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. The support received depends upon individual needs and not on income.

A disabled students’ allowance (DSA) can help towards the cost of:

  • specialist equipment, eg software
  • non-medical helpers
  • extra travel because of disability
  • other disability-related costs of studying
  • exam concessions (reader, scribe, extra time)

How much does a DSA assessment cost?

The price of a full diagnostic assessment suitable for a DSA application £350 if it takes place at our office or £375 if it takes place elsewhere. This assessment usually takes approximately 2 – 3 hours to complete.

Which locations are covered?

Dys-appear are able to provide diagnostic assessments for DSA in the geographical location of the North West encompassing:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Liverpool
  • Wigan
  • Warrington