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    Hi. I'm a third year student studying Computer Science. I've done the assessment and they have concluded I have dyslexia. I went to a DSA centre and after a couple of days I have received my recommendations.
    The report of my dyslexia exam concludes that I have dyslexia. The report after my meeting with the DSA advisor states that I have been recommended a PC HDD and 17" LCD colour monitor, keyboard, mouse.
    Although I am extremely grateful for the equipment recommended, I was just wondering is there any chance I can possibly appeal and try to get a laptop.

    The reasons for me wanting one is because (although the provided dictaphone will enable me to record lectures) I think it will be extremely useful in lectures (final year) and believe it will mean I can easily travel with with the device. As mentioned to my DSA adviser my handwriting is not always legible, and sometimes I come home, not knowing what my own notes say.
    Also as there are a lot of applications including cisco virtualisation applications? I would like to get something with a bit of processing power. I also need applications for designing as I intend to do modules including movie editing, photo editing etc...That way I can use the application as well as record the results. If I get a laptop then I will be able to work in all of my free periods more effectively, as the general queues for the computers during free periods are quite large. Also, by having a laptop all of my notes will be able for me to use whenever I want, should I need to refer back.

    I personally believe a laptop is going to be more beneficial. I understand that say their budget is £500 you can get a more powerful PC, but I would rather have something I can use whenever I want, and mainly because of portability issues I believe a laptop is more beneficial.

    Please can you advice me on whether I should appeal, and if so how? Any advise will be much appreciated. Also is there any chance an OSX appliance can be recommended as opposed to Windows or am I just pushing my luck a little too much here?? Oh and I just thought I'd point out, no note taker has been recommended.

    Thank you

    You don't need to appeal. You are perfectly at liberty to specify a lap top and pay the difference in cost yourself. You can forget OSX though. That's chancing your arm too far.

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