Accessing Disabled Students Allowance Support

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disabled students allowance
disabled students allowance

Phoenix Dyslexia Consulting is a Non-Medical Help Provider

Access to education is a fundamental right for everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a government-funded program in the UK that provides support to undergraduate and postgraduate students with disabilities in higher education. 

The aim of the DSA is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal opportunities and can access the resources they need to succeed in their studies during the academic year. DSA provides financial assistance for disability-related costs or expenses that go beyond the reasonable adjustments provided by colleges or universities. This support can cover a range of needs, including specialist equipment, non-medical helpers, travel expenses, and general support. The amount of support available through DSA varies depending on individual needs and is not means-tested, meaning it is not based on income. 

Applying for DSA involves completing an application form and providing evidence of your disability. Once your application is approved, you will undergo a needs assessment to determine the specific support you require. 

Some Non-Medical Help (NMH) support may be recommended as part of your Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) assessment by your needs assessor. At Phoenix Dyslexia Consulting, your disability advisor will match you with a Non-Medical Helper based on your needs. They will have the right experience and qualifications to help you. Payments are made directly to service providers such as PDC from Student Finance England , to organise and provide equipment suppliers or support workers. 

DSA is designed to cover the additional costs associated with a disability that would not be incurred by a non-disabled student. It is important to note that DSA is not intended to cover personal care support or study materials that all students would need.

Student Enquiry Form

You will need evidence of your Disabled Students Allowance funding (e.g. DSA2 Letter)

Our team offers an experienced range of diverse, professional support, such as:

Assistive Technology Training
Communication Support Worker
Communication Support Worker - BSL
Lip Speaker
Specialist One to One Study Skills Support (SS-ASC)
Specialist One to One Study Skills Support (SS-SPLD)
Specialist Mentor (SM-ASC)
Specialist Notetakers for Deaf Students

Overview of ​​Types of Support Available Through DSA England

NMH Student Support

Specialist equipment and software are crucial elements of the support available through DSA, tailored to individual needs by your assessor. Additionally, non-medical helper support offers human assistance for academic tasks. Moreover, DSA covers extra costs like travel allowances to facilitate access to educational resources. These provisions aim to ensure reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act, fostering inclusivity and supporting students with disabilities in their academic pursuits. The range of support provided through DSA, including appointments at a study needs assessment centre and a diagnostic assessment, is designed to address the diverse challenges faced by disabled students, enhancing their learning experience and overall well-being.

Our NMH Student Support Service? 

Navigating higher education with a health condition can be daunting, but the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) can be a game-changer. Students with specific learning difficulties or disabilities have shared inspiring stories of how support with our DSA team at Phoenix Dyslexia Consulting paved the way for their academic success. From receiving essential equipment allowances, organising distance learning and tuition for Uni, travel costs, application process support, to accessing specialist software, PDC ensures that individual needs are met, including those with a mental health condition. These personal experiences and outcomes highlight the transformative impact that our tailored support can have on students, empowering them to excel in their academic pursuits. You can request that your needs assessor contacts us for a quote by completing the form  here or emailing us at

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