Edit: I actually got the response this morning, tho I didn't see it, only the email from the Disability Advisor at my uni telling me I should start arranging support etc.
The DSA Centre contacted them on my behalf to get them to reach out to help me with organising equipment etc.
What I don't understand is it seems the equivalent laptop they said they'd fund has worse specs than the 5 year old one they knew I was using? 🤣🤣
I had to list my specs when I told them I had a previous computer and my old Mac had an Intel i7 Core chip; they're funding one which is has an Intel Core i5 10th gen. I don't know much about computers but I know that's a lower spec in terms of the processor.
I also need to get them to change the Windows software to Mac. Needs assessor knew I used a Mac and have for decades. SFE do not. Everything else is web based.
Also, do you have to use the whole delivery setup and familiarisation time? There's a couple pieces of software I'm unfamiliar with, but they recommended Glean notes DSA, and I've been using a free trial since day one of my uni lectures (a week after DSA assessor recommended it. Perfect timing since my free trial just ended and I have read only access til the 28th when they cut me off haha), and recommended Grammarly Premium Academic, and I've been using the free version for years and was tired of waiting (have am essay due on the 28th, was worried I wouldn't have a reply by then) so paid for one month premium and immediately cancelled the subscription (which has really ready helped me tweak my introduction to make it smoother)
There's no way I need 4 2h sessions; can I tell them I need much less? I mean the contact details are in the form, maybe I can email and say I've used the free versions of X and Y before, and the Mic I'm getting (I knew it would take ages, found the mic cheap on amazon so bought it ro use inthe interim. Maybe J need to change the settings, but I've found there's less crackly microphone feedback and my recordings sound better without it)
I applied for DSA in August. I had my assessment remotely on the 19th September, and received the report on the 3rd October (which is also when it got sent off to SFE/DSA). How long did it take you to get a confirmation email from them describing what they will and what they won't fund?
I was stressing a bit about my old laptop anyway when the report was sent out, and wanted to take advantage of Apple's student back to school event which gave me a £120 gift card (which ended on the 17th October) so I have to get them to remove the recommendation for a laptop upgrade as well.
I didn't know how long it would take - I'm supposed to get assisted software such as Grammarly Premium (which I bought a subscription for anyway, and cancelled so I'm only paying for this month to help with my essay due at the end of this week) and also Glean notes (I tried a free trial and I have read only access until the end of this week. Luckily, it's reading week, so I don't go back til the 2nd as I'm in a foundation year so my lectures are only Wed to Friday mornings. But obviously I've been using the free trial to help me take notes in class and need access to the recordings - which the uni have let me do - to type up my notes etc) as well as things like study skills mentoring specific to ASD/ADHD which haven't been put in place yet as its DSA funding them.
From a bit of digging after I received the form and it went to DSA, the websites I've found have suggested between 10-15 working days (today has been 15 working days since the form was sent off) and 20 working days. Has it taken anyone any longer?