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    I am going back to college in September to do a part time foundation degree, I am hard of hearing a wear a hearing aid it has never been a problem for me and I manage as well as I can.

    I got an email for the colleges disability officer yesterday asking more about my disability and that I should apply for Disabled Students Allowance, I have never applied for this before so I have no idea how it all works :confused:

    The college I am going to is where I studied my further education and they provided me with note takers which were a godsend as I find it hard to write and listen at the same time.

    I just wondered if I get DSA will I have to get my own note taker or will my college provide them?

    Does anyone else here have a hearing impairment and get DSA? If so what do you use it for?


    You apply for DSA and have a Needs Assessment. During this Assessment your areas of support will be discussed and, following this, the assessor will make some recommendations. This an include a note taker (or, more widely, support worker), various equipment, and other things.

    The notetakers will be employed by a specific company (e.g. Randstand, Neuropartners) and they are paid by your funding body. You do not need to find, or pay, for the notetaker yourself.

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