disabled student's allowance for coeliacs???

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it's recently been suggested to me by the disability and well-being office at LSE that i should apply for a DSA (disabled students allowance) because I have coeliac disease. this means i hav to buy more expensive food (basic foods 3 times as expensive and luxury foods twice as expensive) and need my own freezer/toaster/etc. however, i do get certain staples (bread, pasta) on prescription.
obviously all these costs mount up when a student but considering i wouldn't consider myself 'disabled', should i apply? am i likely to get anythin if i do?
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If you get them on prescription, you are unlikely to get more money to buy them. However, you can apply if you want too. Maybe phone student finance? There are some really lovely people there who can tell you how successful your claim is likely to be, and give you some tips. That'll save you the hassle of finding several documents and them then refusing anyway.
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If you get them on prescription, you are unlikely to get more money to buy them. However, you can apply if you want too. Maybe phone student finance? There are some really lovely people there who can tell you how successful your claim is likely to be, and give you some tips. That'll save you the hassle of finding several documents and them then refusing anyway.
thanks for the advice and its only certain things that I can get on prescription, not all basics as obviously you can't get any fresh food.
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it's recently been suggested to me by the disability and well-being office at LSE that i should apply for a DSA (disabled students allowance) because I have coeliac disease. this means i hav to buy more expensive food (basic foods 3 times as expensive and luxury foods twice as expensive) and need my own freezer/toaster/etc. however, i do get certain staples (bread, pasta) on prescription.
obviously all these costs mount up when a student but considering i wouldn't consider myself 'disabled', should i apply? am i likely to get anythin if i do?
I don't think it's something they'll cover (as it wouldn't really have any affect on your ability to study that I know of) but I guess there's no harm in applying.
Have a look here for more about DSA.
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Is the disability office have suggested it, then yes. There are many avenues of support avaialable, it's hard giving specifics as they vary so much by condition (and even person to person with the same condition) but it's important that you have an assessment and your needs recognised and study support arranged.
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Thanks. I read that before and it doesn't mention anything about special dietary requirements. On edinburgh's website for finance they said:
"The Disabled Students' Allowance offers a basic annual allowance of up to £1,640 in 2007-08 for items such as tapes, Braille paper, extra photocopying charges, additional dietary requirements, and any additional course expenses which are related to your impairment."
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Thanks. I read that before and it doesn't mention anything about special dietary requirements. On edinburgh's website for finance they said:
"The Disabled Students' Allowance offers a basic annual allowance of up to £1,640 in 2007-08 for items such as tapes, Braille paper, extra photocopying charges, additional dietary requirements, and any additional course expenses which are related to your impairment."
It may be that they'll cover it - the only way to find out really would be to apply :dontknow: It's just not something I've heard them helping with before!
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It may be that they'll cover it - the only way to find out really would be to apply :dontknow: It's just not something I've heard them helping with before!
yeah, i guess i will just have to apply and hope. the whole issue is what you consider a disability i guess. on the other hand i know other countries provide for coeliacs. e.g. in finland they give every coeliac in full-time education EUR 21 a month.
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yeah, i guess i will just have to apply and hope. the whole issue is what you consider a disability i guess. on the other hand i know other countries provide for coeliacs. e.g. in finland they give every coeliac in full-time education EUR 21 a month.
Yeah, in other countries they have grants to make the costs of the different foods less of a problem... shame Britain doesn't do the same!

It's not so much what they consider a disability but more how the problem affects your ability to study or puts you at a disadvantage compared to other students. This is the sort of the thing you'd need to write on the application form.

I have a friend who has coeliac disease but hasn't been able to get any help - she got a pre-payment certificate to help with the cost of the prescriptions but still has to get more due to the limit on items per month.
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Yeah, in other countries they have grants to make the costs of the different foods less of a problem... shame Britain doesn't do the same!

It's not so much what they consider a disability but more how the problem affects your ability to study or puts you at a disadvantage compared to other students. This is the sort of the thing you'd need to write on the application form.

I have a friend who has coeliac disease but hasn't been able to get any help - she got a pre-payment certificate to help with the cost of the prescriptions but still has to get more due to the limit on items per month.
yeah, i never expected to be able to claim anything until i got that email. i suppose the only way it affects your ability to study is by your ability to pay your living costs. tbf, its not as bad as when i was younger. you used to have to pay a fiver for a small loaf of bread or £7ish for a 250g box of flour!!!
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You can apply for DSA.

You should be aware however that generally DSA covers specific costs you incur because of your disability AND studying.

You'd have your dietry requirements whether you were a student, living at home, or working, so its unlikely you'd get any help with your food costs. That said, there are many who would say that you wouldn't need to buy things like your own cooking equipment if you weren't living in student accomodation so DSA may help you with the costs of those.

Ditto, any extra time or breaks during exams can be arranged through the Needs Assessment, or provision to make like easier if you are ill or miss classes more than other due to problems associated with being Coeliac.
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Just from an assessors viewpoint, I can confirm that other students with this have been awarded DSA. I'll have some specifics on what was awarded available early next week and some case studies for you to go by.
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Just from an assessors viewpoint, I can confirm that other students with this have been awarded DSA. I'll have some specifics on what was awarded available early next week and some case studies for you to go by.
thanks very much. that would be useful.
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Can't find anything to hand, but I know the LEA I'm with has funded for it previously. Can't remember what parts, or the students name though. So I can't actually find the papers.
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Can't find anything to hand, but I know the LEA I'm with has funded for it previously. Can't remember what parts, or the students name though. So I can't actually find the papers.
no probs. thanks for checking.
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it's recently been suggested to me by the disability and well-being office at LSE that i should apply for a DSA (disabled students allowance) because I have coeliac disease. this means i hav to buy more expensive food (basic foods 3 times as expensive and luxury foods twice as expensive) and need my own freezer/toaster/etc. however, i do get certain staples (bread, pasta) on prescription.
obviously all these costs mount up when a student but considering i wouldn't consider myself 'disabled', should i apply? am i likely to get anythin if i do?
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I did you apply for DSL as I don’t k ow where to apply or not
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