AbilityNet's Advice and Information Officer, Alex Barker, revisits his concerns about his disability in his early days at university, and wonders what tech support and advice is available for students with a disability starting university this year.
Expert Resources: DSA
These are the items that relate to DSA found on the AbilityNet website. They may be factsheets, webinars, news stories, blog posts or reports.
Blog Post | Sep 2017
Blog Post | Jul 2016
Smartphones and tablets have helped to close the gap between disabled students and their peers, particularly in the form of apps. Here's our selection of ten apps that will help a visually impaired or blind student get the most from their education - and don't miss number 10 which is an app that lists accessible apps....
Blog Post | Jun 2016
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) can provide additional support and funding to UK students in higher and further education. It is extra funding designed to ensure a level playing field for people with disabilities of all kinds and can be used to pay for specialist software, computer hardware and a range of study support and extra resources.
Blog Post | May 2016
Disabled Student Allowance changes are happening regularly. AbilityNet DSA practitioner Days will keep you informed
News | Apr 2016
AbilityNet is running a series of DSA Practitioner Days in centres around the UK. These free events provide an opportunity to discuss the latest changes to Disabled Students' Allowances, meet other advisers from FE and HE and see some of the tech that AbilityNet has been recommending to the students we assess.
Blog Post | Mar 2016
Yesterday was University Mental Health day and our social media feeds are full of posts about events going on around the country at different universities. AbilityNet is proud to support this day because we realise that mental health and physical health and equally important.
Factsheet | Jan 2016
This factsheet looks at how you can use your computer to help manage stress more effectively, whether you're at home, at work or in education. Work and study pressures, together with the ‘always on’ culture, can be significant causes of stress. If not managed successfully, more severe stress can lead to long-term sickness, anxiety and depression.
Blog Post | Dec 2015
Mental health issues can be a huge issue for students but Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) may be able to pay for extra help for students who are struggling with the effects of stress or depression. This blog highlights the types of support that may be relevant as part of our DSA Claim It! campaign
News | Dec 2015
AbilityNet is concerned that disabled students face greater uncertainty about their ongoing studies, following the government’s recent announcement that it will restructure Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) from 2016/17.
Blog Post | Oct 2015
The extra funding and support available through Disabled Students' Allowances can be the difference between success and failure in higher education, yet figures from 2013/14 suggest that at least 50% of the people who are eligible for DSAs don’t claim them. Why not?