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How many students don't receive DSA support because a £200 contribution for computer equipment is required if you need a laptop? I've had friends express this is a detriment to the allowance because they can not afford it. Any one else?

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The issue is people used to pretend they had disabilities (I know it's wrong but it's not hard to get a doctor to write a letter for depression or anxiety and before anyone jumps on me I have been properly diagnosed with both of those things but I know people who claim to have it so they can park on campus or get extensions) and then they're getting a free laptop out of it.
When I was offered a laptop I didn't mind paying the £200 because you won't find a decent laptop for that anyway.. That said I wanted a mac so I just bought mine myself and claimed back what they would've paid
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How many students don't receive DSA support because a £200 contribution for computer equipment is required if you need a laptop? I've had friends express this is a detriment to the allowance because they can not afford it. Any one else?

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The thinking is that most students these days will need a laptop. It's no longer a specific requirement for DSA applicants unless they need to run disability-related software. DSA is supposed to level the playing field rather than give an advantage.

If you can't pay the £200 for the laptop, you can still get the rest of the free elements of your DSA recommendations. You don't lose all of your DSA facilities/equipment if you turn down the laptop.
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Have your friends approached the university, OP? There may be some hardship type funds available to help with the contribution needed.
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they may even supply a laptop.
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The uni won't supply a laptop. At least not permanently.
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uhi supplies one for folks that have a learning problem and don't have one. the only adaptation ive been given was 1/3 more time in exams plus the right to use a computer. as i wont qualify for any other assistance that uni have not provided it would be a waste of money to go through it.
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How much did they pay for the Mac to you?
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