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University is a massive change in your life. New digs, new people and a new schedule—there’s a lot to take in! We understand how daunting this transition can be, especially if you have a disability or an illness.
Don’t fear — these days, most universities offer disability support, so if you do have a condition, such as dyslexia, you can get the relevant provisions through Disability Student Allowance (DSA).
It’s important to find out if you are entitled, so below we have created a guide to the different conditions that can receive DSA.
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities that people face in the UK today. Usual symptoms include: difficulty reading, writing or spelling, poor handwriting and phonological skills, problems with short-term memory and organisational skills.
Dyspraxia is a condition that’s often associated with dyslexia and it affects the person’s spatial and coordination skills, which include difficulty with typing, handwriting and drawing and the individual can struggle constructing essays and analysing complex visual arrays, e.g. multiple choice questions.
People who suffer with dyscalculia will have difficulty understanding maths concepts, such as quantity, values, carrying and borrowing and the relationship between numbers. Usually, this condition is associated with dyslexia and dyspraxia and there is a wide range of support and assistive technology that can help.
People who suffer from visual stress have difficulty focusing on documents, as they find that that they might lose their place when reading, that the print “jumps” around and patterns are hard to look at.
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also associated with dyspraxia, as the individual with the condition has a short attention span and can be impulsive, have trouble staying motivated and easily stressed out.
There are other disabilities and conditions that you can claim disability allowance (DSA) for, such as: hearing and visual impairments, mental health conditions like anxiety or depression or long term health conditions, such as chronic heart disease or HIV.
If you have any of the above, you could be entitled to DSA and be given an allowance for specific equipment and support, such as: specialist tuition, IT support, occupational therapy, social skills training and general counselling.
It’s important that you read our next blog post, as we will be looking at the process of claiming DSA, so you can have an informative guide on what to expect.
For more information on our range of assistive technology and training, take a look at our website or ring us on 01223 420 101.