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Benefits of the Disabled Students' Allowance

This page describe some of the ways that Disabled Students' Allowance could support you at university. They are listed by condition to give you an idea of how we might use Disabled Students' Allowance to support students with some of the most common difficulties, but your support package is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.

Please note the Department Fof Education are continually updating the level of support available through the Disabled Students' Allowance.

How can DSA support me if I have severe allergies?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Higher levels of absence
  • Catching up with missed work
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration due to illness or medication
  • Concerns about using shared facilities
  • Concerns about going to places that may trigger the allergy
  • Concerns about going places that are some way from medical help
  • Additional time taken by managing diet / health

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Reimbursement of cost difference between standard and en-suite accommodation if necessary
  • Travel allowance to enable quick travel home when necessary
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you. For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Anxiety?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Maintaining concentration and focus when studying or attending classes
  • Side effects from medication, for example drowsiness and nausea
  • Periods of extreme anxiety and / or panic attacks
  • Difficulties with motivation and self-confidence
  • Intrusive thoughts and worries
  • Difficulties managing stressful periods such as exams or deadlines

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to assist with organising your thoughts and ideas
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with stress management and prioritisation of academic work
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.

For more information contact:  accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Maintaining concentration and attention
  • Organising and structuring ideas within your written work
  • Meeting assignment deadlines
  • Organising appointments and meetings
  • Effectively managing time and workload
  • Making good written notes in lectures
  • Presenting information in a structured way

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to help with the structure of your written work
  • Weekly sessions with a study skills tutor to develop effective essay writing, presentation and planning skills
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with the managing your time and workload effectively
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you. For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Asperger's Syndrome?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Difficulties working in groups, especially with recognising and responding to social cues
  • Problems with processing verbal and written information
  • Feeling stressed or anxious in noisy or busy environments
  • Organising your time and workload effectively
  • Trouble understanding academic requirements and adapting to new teaching styles
  • Feeling distressed by uncontrollable changes to your routine or timetable

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A contribution towards a computer to enable you to study in your own environment, so you can study in your own quiet environment
  • Weekly sessions with a study skills tutor to develop effective group work, presentation and workload management skills
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with time- management, organisation and minimising anxiety
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.

For more information contact:  accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Bipolar Disorder?

Do you experience any of the following difficulties when studying?

  • Maintaining concentration and attention
  • Side effects from medication such as drowsiness and nausea
  • Low motivation and self- confidence
  • Fatigue from disturbed sleeping pattern and medication
  • Higher levels of absence
  • Organising your thoughts and planning your workload
  • Intrusive thoughts and worries
  • Difficulties managing stressful periods such as exams or deadlines

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to assist with organising your thoughts and ideas
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with stress management and prioritisation of academic work
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have CFS, Fibromyalgia or ME

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Maintaining levels of concentration and attention
  • Becoming tired / exhausted in lectures
  • Being unable to focus on academic work due to fatigue or medication
  • Making effective written notes
  • Pain and discomfort when writing / typing or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Being unable to attend university due to illness or fatigue
  • Reading for extended periods
  • Carrying heavy items to and from university

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to run assistive software
  • Ergonomic equipment to reduce pain when studying
  • A supportive chair to reduce pain when sitting and studying for long periods of time
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with the managing your time and workload effectively
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you get any information missed
  • Travel allowance to enable you to get to university by taxi when the condition prevents you from using public transport / driving

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Crohn’s or Coeliac disease?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Higher levels of absence and difficulty catching up with missed work
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration due to illness, fatigue or medication
  • Concerns about using shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Concerns about going places that are some way from bathroom facilities or concerns about undertaking travel when unwell
  • Managing the additional time it takes to look after your diet / health

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Travel allowance to enable you to quickly travel home when necessary
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Depression?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Maintaining concentration and attention
  • Side effects from medication such as  drowsiness and nausea
  • Low motivation and self- confidence
  • Fatigue from insomnia, or oversleeping
  • Higher levels of absence
  • Organising your thoughts and planning your workload
  • Worrying about, or inability to start or complete assignments
  • Intrusive thoughts and worries
  • Difficulty participating in classes due to low mood

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to assist with organising thoughts or ideas
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with stress management
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Diabetes?

Do you experience any of the following difficulties when studying?

  • Lack of energy and exhaustion
  • Concentration difficulties – either around meal times or due to illness or medication
  • Higher levels of absence
  • Difficulty catching up with missed work
  • Concerns about using shared facilities to store medication
  • Managing the additional time it takes to look after your diet/health

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • A fridge to store medications safely and securely
  • Travel allowance to enable quick travel home when necessary
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Specific Learning Difficulties?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Reading, processing and retaining information
  • Organising and structuring written work
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation and use of vocabulary
  • Effectively managing time and workload
  • Maintaining concentration and attention
  • Making good written notes in lectures
  • Presenting verbal or written information in a structured way

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to help with the structure your written work, spelling, grammar and use of vocabulary
  • Software which will read your work aloud to you so you can better identify errors
  • Weekly sessions with a study skills tutor to develop effective essay writing, presentation and workload management skills
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have an eating disorder?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Maintaining concentration and attention because of fatigue and worry
  • Side effects from medication such as drowsiness and nausea
  • Low motivation and self- confidence
  • Distracting or intrusive thoughts
  • Lack of energy and exhaustion
  • Managing the additional time required to take care of your diet/health
  • Worries about situations where you may be expected to eat in public

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to assist with organising your thoughts and ideas
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with stress management and prioritisation of academic work
  • Help with the cost of travel to get to university
  • Help with physical tasks such as carrying books or moving heavy equipment
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have epilepsy or migraines?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Higher levels of absence due to illness
  • Side effects of medication – drowsiness, difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Difficulty working in some types of lighting
  • Difficulty working from computer screens for extended periods of time
  • Concerns about going to places that may trigger the condition
  • Concerns about going to places that are some way from medical help

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to dim the computer screen to reduce eye strain and reduce risk of triggering the condition
  • Travel allowance to enable quick travel home when necessary
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance on how to adjust resources to suit your learning needs

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have a head injury?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Processing and absorbing information
  • Memory / information retention
  • Effectively managing time and workload
  • Maintaining concentration and attention
  • Making good written notes in lectures
  • Presenting information in a structured way
  • Timekeeping and managing competing demands for your time

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer if you needed any software to help with planning and note taking
  • Software to help with the structure of your written work and software which will read your work aloud to you, allowing you to better identify errors
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to develop effective essay writing, presentation and workload management skills
  • An electronic personal organisation device
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance on how to adjust resources to suit your learning needs

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have a hearing impairment?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Making written notes in lectures and seminars, particularly if you rely on lip-reading
  • Following and participating in group discussions
  • Difficulty working in noisy environments
  • Worrying that you may not have heard all the information you need in lectures and seminars
  • Problems with accessing audio learning materials such as video clips and sound recordings

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • An FM radio system to feed audio directly to your hearing aid/ears/cochlear implant
  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to run assistive software and work in s quiet space
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars so you can concentrate on lip reading and make notes later
  • A note-taker in lectures and seminars to ensure you have a complete and accurate set of notes
  • Transcription of any audio / video information provided in lectures and seminars
  • An interpreter if BSL is your first language
  • Additional study skills tuition if appropriate

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have a long-term health condition?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Catching up with missed work due to illness or attending medical appointments
  • Tiredness / exhaustion from illness or treatment
  • Difficulty with concentration and focus due to illness, fatigue or medication
  • Higher levels of absence
  • Concerns about going places that are some way from medical facilities
  • Undertaking travel when unwell
  • Managing the additional time it takes to look after your health

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to run assistive software
  • Money towards the cost of printing / photocopying and buying books if it is difficult to use the library
  • Reimbursement of cost difference between standard and en-suite accommodation if necessary
  • Travel allowance to enable quick travel home when necessary
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you get any information missed

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have Long-term pain?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Higher levels of absence due to pain or fatigue
  • Side effects of medication – drowsiness, difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Maintaining levels of concentration and attention
  • Becoming tired / exhausted in lectures
  • Being unable to focus on academic work due to pain, fatigue or medication
  • Pain and discomfort when writing / typing or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Carrying heavy items to and from university
  • Time planning when pain levels are unpredictable

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to run assistive software
  • Ergonomic equipment to reduce pain when studying
  • A supportive chair to reduce pain when sitting and studying for long periods of time
  • Travel allowance to enable you to get to university by taxi if pain prevents you from using public transport or driving
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you get any information missed
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have mobility difficulties?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Using study resources in the library, for example accessing books or using photocopiers
  • Requiring adapted versions of commonly used technology
  • Traveling to university, particularly in bad weather
  • Pain or stiffness caused by note taking or sitting in the same position for long periods
  • Carrying heavy books or a laptop
  • Difficulties typing or making handwritten notes
  • Planning workload if your condition is variable

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to run assistive software
  • Ergonomic equipment such as an adapted mouse or keyboard
  • A supportive chair to reduce pain when sitting and studying for long periods of time
  • A travel allowance to enable you to attend university during periods of illness or bad weather
  • Support in the library to enable you to access books and photocopy or print
  • A note taker if appropriate to ensure you have a full set of notes from lectures
  • A way to audio record the lectures and seminars to ensure you get any information missed
  • Voice recognition software to allow you to type your assignments without needing to use a keyboard

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you.  For more information contact: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have obsessive compulsive disorder?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Managing intrusive and distracting thoughts or worries
  • Everyday activities taking longer due to rituals/routines you need to follow
  • Maintaining concentration and focus
  • Side effects from medication -  for example drowsiness and nausea
  • Periods of extreme anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Difficulties with motivation and self-confidence
  • Difficulties managing stressful periods such as exams or deadlines
  • Difficulty using shared spaces within the university

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to study in your preferred environment when you feel at your best
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with stress management
  • Library support to assist with accessing information without having to handle the books / photocopiers / shared computers
  • A way of recording lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you. For more information contact:  accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

How can DSA support me if I have psychosis?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Managing side effects from medication such as drowsiness and nausea
  • Maintaining concentration, focus and attention
  • Managing intrusive and distracting thoughts
  • Low motivation and self- confidence
  • Fatigue from disturbed sleeping pattern and medication
  • Higher levels of absence
  • Organising your thoughts and planning your workload

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • A financial contribution towards a computer to enable you to study in your preferred environment when you feel at your best
  • Weekly sessions with a mentor to assist with workload management and keep stress levels low
  • Software to help you organise your thoughts and plan your assignments
  • A way of recording lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you. For more information contact:  accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

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How can DSA support me if I have a visual impairment?

Do you experience difficulties with any of the following when studying?

  • Finding your way around campus or navigating around new or unfamiliar environments
  • Difficulties using the university library to locate information
  • Needing adaptations to standard versions of course materials
  • Finding it difficult to read the text in small print books, or in a small font on screen
  • Trouble accessing visual / video information in lectures and seminars, or in a virtual learning environment
  • Making handwritten notes in lectures

DSA could help by providing you with:

  • Support with orientation around the university and familiarisation with any placement locations
  • Library support to assist with locating books and journals
  • A contribution towards a computer and software to enlarge text and images, and / or screen reading software
  • A way of recording lectures and seminars to ensure you have all the information
  • Provision of a note-taker in lectures and seminars to ensure you have a full set of notes
  • Advice and guidance (with your permission) to your tutors at the university to help them understand and accommodate your difficulties

The support package you receive through DSA is based on your particular needs and course requirements, so it is tailor made for you. For more information contact:  accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk

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