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Our son is going to uni later this year. He has severe OCD and anxiety. We will apply for DSA as he will need his own room with en-suite and in catering halls because of his compulsions.

Is there anywhere else he can get financial support? All suggestions are welcome- thanks in advance.
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Hello
Our son is going to uni later this year. He has severe OCD and anxiety. We will apply for DSA as he will need his own room with en-suite and in catering halls because of his compulsions.

Is there anywhere else he can get financial support? All suggestions are welcome- thanks in advance.
Ah, just one thing you should be aware of, the DSA does not cover accommodation requirements. It can only be used to pay for external helpers and such. It's b******, but that's the Tories for you. It's designed to discourage disabled students as much as possible, there's a reason 60% of em don't apply for it. Generally, it's more hassle than it's worth - student loans are a better bet.
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Ah, just one thing you should be aware of, the DSA does not cover accommodation requirements. It can only be used to pay for external helpers and such. It's b******, but that's the Tories for you. It's designed to discourage disabled students as much as possible, there's a reason 60% of em don't apply for it. Generally, it's more hassle than it's worth - student loans are a better bet.
Hi there, Im slightly different in that i am 48 and a disabled veteran. I tried an LLB (Law) at a uni which was an hours drive each way. I just didnt get on with uni at all and the facilities were appalling for my conditions. Anyway, I applied for DSA and a ML as I couldn't travel to (meds) anymore so after initially applying in August 2020, my DSA equipment came through from a 2018 assessment (because Left and went back to the OU) and my ML came through a week ago..my advice is apply NOW for DSA so you have the assessment and study needs report ready to go and apply for the funding for whatever you can get..I have only just got my desk and chair (AS sufferer) with DDD so my time study time is limited...I will help you as much as I can if you need advice..Ive been through the whole process. DO NOT GIVE UP! is my advice...SFE can be a complete nightmare, and bordering on the wrong side of the Equality Act 2010...
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Thank you - I’ve been reading about how difficult it is to get the funding but every little helps!
Thanks so much for your guidance.
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Thank you - I’ve been reading about how difficult it is to get the funding but every little helps!
Thanks so much for your guidance.
I would recommend getting in contact with the university to see if you can negotiate reduced fees on the accommodation. Worth a shot.
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Financial support is mostly from PIP, DSA doesn't provide financial support in that respect. It just reimburses you in certain areas.
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Sorry but I’m not up on the acronyms ... Pip?
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Sorry but I’m not up on the acronyms ... Pip?
Personal Independence Payments.
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Just looked it up. Thanks - will look into it
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Just looked it up. Thanks - will look into it
Will say though, it's incredibly difficult to get PIP. Is your son under the care of CAMHS? What sort of treatment is he currently receiving for his OCD?
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Yes he was with CAHMS for years but as he’s turned 18 they no longer treat him. He has weekly therapy and daily medication.
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