Our DSA Claim It! Campaign encourages any student in higher education to look at whether they are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).
- DSAs are one of the only grants still available to UK Higher Education students
- You don't have to pay them back and it can make a huge difference to your studies
- For many people it's the difference between being able to study or having to leave a course
- Many people who are eligible do not apply for DSAs
- Support our campaign and help us spread the word so that every student who is eligible gets the support they need!
Shane Lynch talks to AbilityNet
In our latest video Boyzone star Shane Lynch talks about his Dyslexia and shows his support to our Claim It! Campaign.
What are DSAs?
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) are a Government grant that can pay for extra equipment and support that you may need as a direct result of your disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.
As well as computer hardware and software and other specialist equipment you may be able to use the grant to help with the cost of having a non-medical helper, specialist equipment, and the cost of extra travel and other items for your course, such as extra books and photocopying.
Who can claim DSAs?
You are eligible for DSA if you are a student on a higher education course who lives in England and can prove that you have a disability, medical condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty which affects your ability to study.
DSAs can help people with a wide range of disabilities including all sorts of conditions and impairments which affect your ability to study. This can include:
- Sensory Impairments
- Asperger's syndrome
- Physical disabilities
- Chronic health conditions, such as Diabetes and Asthma
- Mental health conditions, such as Anxiety and Depression
How to apply
Download the application forms and further guidance from the relevant website:
#ClaimItDSA - Help us spread the word!
AbilityNet wants everyone who is eligible to claim their grant but it is estimated that in 2013/14 half the people who are eligible did not claim.
We know the difference that this support can make so we're asking everyone to share this information about DSA with everyone they know - we want to reach new students but we also want to tell parents, teachers, education advisers and even employers.
Anyone whose life has been changed by DSA
Share your story about how DSA changed your life and inspire others
- Like our Facebook campaign page
- Share the link with your friends and tell them how it helped you.
Disability advisers and others who support disabled people
- Make sure everyone entering or thinking about higher education knows about DSAs
Disability charities, student unions or student websites
Help us reach students by:
- Tweet about DSAs to your followers
- Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/claimitdsa
- Post news about DSAs on your Facebook page
- Write a blog post or newsletter article that brings them to this page or the QAG page.
Spread the word in your workplace!
- There may be parents or brothers or sisters or friends or colleagues of someone who's just going to uni and doesn't know about it.
- Why not see if you can get it mentioned in your internal newsletter?
- Or print out our poster and put it on an internal noticeboard.
Or just talk about it in the pub! You never know who could find this useful.