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    Hi,
    I have dyslexia and mental health issues, and therefore recive extra time etc. At University open days they have recommended applying for the dsa, but when I went to talk to the women at school who deals with it, she said that DSA was mainly for physical disabilities and it’s up to individual Universities to provide extra support, she also said anything the dsa could provide would be available to all students.

    Is she wrong?
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    Hi jhwhittle,

    You can apply for DSA for Dyslexia and mental health issues (if you have a diagnosed condition). Your University can certainly provide you with extra support some offer more than others however you could still get awarded further support through a DSA application that you perhaps wouldn't be able to get from the University alone.

    You are assessed specifically based on the conditions you are applying for in relation to the course you are doing. A Needs Assessment is carried out specifically for this purpose and they would produce a report that would be the basis of the support we could offer you. The support we offer can cover the following:-

    * Specialist Equipment Allowance
    * Non Medical Helpers Allowance
    * General Allowance
    * Travel Allowance

    You can find more specific information about this by clicking here. The evidence you would need to apply for a mental health condition would be a letter from your GP or health professional confirming a diagnosis of your condition, whether it's long term (has lasted or is likely to last 12 months or more) and how your condition has an adverse effect on your ability to carry out daily activities.

    For evidence of your dyslexia we would need a full diagnosis report carried out after your 16th birthday by a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist.

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    (Original post by jhwhittle)
    Hi,
    I have dyslexia and mental health issues, and therefore recive extra time etc. At University open days they have recommended applying for the dsa, but when I went to talk to the women at school who deals with it, she said that DSA was mainly for physical disabilities and it’s up to individual Universities to provide extra support, she also said anything the dsa could provide would be available to all students.

    Is she wrong?
    The woman at your school is likely to be thinking in terms of extended essay deadlines, which can be available to everyone occasionally. But if you have any disability you can claim DSA - you just have to be able to provide proof.

    Some things that DSA might be able to provide are:
    Extra time for assignments
    Someone to help you with organising your time
    Extra study skills sessions
    A dictaphone or someone to take notes in lectures
    Money to spend on photocopying (eg if you find that you need to use colour highlighters, and you can't do that in a library book so you might need to photocopy pages and highlight those)
    Computer software (eg Dragon) to help with writing essays (obviously they won't help with the actual content of the essays, but you can get help with things like formatting, proof-reading or typing)
 
 
 
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