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    Hi guys,
    Just applied to my university's disability services for my sciatica and was wondering if anyone had done something similar and been entitled to DSA? I'm not expecting anything but with doing placements would be helpful with travel costs! Any similar experiences would be wonderful! Tia
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    (Original post by Saturnsaturn)
    Hi guys,
    Just applied to my university's disability services for my sciatica and was wondering if anyone had done something similar and been entitled to DSA? I'm not expecting anything but with doing placements would be helpful with travel costs! Any similar experiences would be wonderful! Tia
    If you have a diagnosis and can get medical evidence then you should be eligible for DSA, assuming that it makes study and study-related activities more difficult for you
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    You'll need medical documentation which is fairly recent, confirms your diagnosis and describes how the condition affects your ability to carry out day to day tasks. Send this in with a DSA application form. If you're eligible for DSAs, you'll be asked to attend an assessment of needs, which is more of a general chat, discussing how your back problems affect all aspects of your studies, including placements etc. Any recommendations are made in their report. You never know, you might be eligible for a specialist chair which helps maintain a good posture whilst you're studying, or extra time in exams, software to help overcome concentration difficulties you might have while reading and writing up work etc.
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    I have a type of arthritis in my spine and had my DSA assessment where I have been awarded an ergonomic chair. I'm hopeful it will help as sitting for over two hours becomes very uncomfortable. I'm yet to receive my chair but expecting in the next 4 weeks, it is worth many hundreds of pounds so I'm hopeful!
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    (Original post by Saturnsaturn)
    Hi guys,
    Just applied to my university's disability services for my sciatica and was wondering if anyone had done something similar and been entitled to DSA? I'm not expecting anything but with doing placements would be helpful with travel costs! Any similar experiences would be wonderful! Tia
    Hiya. As people have said, you'll need medical evidence but as long as you have that DSA can help you with study related stuff. You'll get an assessment where you talk about the sort of thing that might help so while you're there you can talk about placement. If you can't use normal methods to get there and have to do something that would cost you more they should be able to help you out with that. Whatever you can think of that your condition affects talk about in your assessment and they'll discuss what they may be able to do to help you.
    This was a few years ago now, but when I was at uni I had issues that meant I would have really benefited from my own space and that I would have some difficult getting to placements. We discussed options like them helping with the cost of taxis and me staying in the en suite accommodation. I also got some help with exams like extra time, rest breaks and somebody to help with reading the questions and writing my answers down.
    I wouldn't have thought they could or would help me out that much so I'm really glad I tried.
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