document made available today:
"From 15/16, students will be required to contribute £200 towards the cost of computers provided by DSAs. As a result, consideration will now be given to computers that students already own. If the student’s existing computer is suitable for use with their assistive software for the remaining years of their course, they will be able to use it rather than obtaining a new one. If a student has an existing computer but there is a good reason for them to obtain a new one via DSAs, they are permitted to do so.
As per the current arrangements, students will be able to obtain their computer from the open market. All assistive software and other IT equipment (e.g. digital voice recorders) will be provided by the ATSPs, so students will not be permitted to obtain these from the open market.
Students who use their own existing computer or do not obtain their computer from the ATSPs will need to obtain insurance and warranty cover for their computer (for the duration of their course) from the open market. This will be funded by DSAs.
Note on higher spec/higher cost computers
DSAs will no longer fund higher spec/higher cost computers (e.g. Apple Macs, ‘creative’ spec PCs) if they are needed solely because of the way that the HEI has decided to run the course (e.g. on a Mac-only platform only).
This type of computer will still be funded by DSAs (with a £200 student contribution) if there is a specific disability-related need."
So, they way I read this students will be required to pay the first £200 for a computer, but then only up to DSA-WKH spec's will be supported, so as these machines are around £300 via DSA SFE will only fund the additional £100 of a DSA-WKH machine. If you buy one of any higher spec you cannot claim back the cost unless their is a disability related reason.
Assessors will be required to determine the specification of the computer, processor RAM and age and with the issued guidance can either recommend a DSA-WKH laptop or just assistive software.
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Dsa guidance – changes to it arrangements from 2015/16 watch
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- 28-01-2015 11:09
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- 28-01-2015 11:11
If you want to read the full DRAFT guidance for 15/16 its available here. However it is a 75 page document.