News in: DSA

last modified: 3:36pm on Tuesday 26th August 2014

  • Unity Law writes blogpost on DSA changes

    Posted: 10:10am on Wednesday 9th July 2014 - In: DSA

    Unity Law a disability discrimination specialist law firm in Sheffield have written a blogpost about the DSA changes and their legal and practical concerns at

    last modified: 10:10am on Wednesday 9th July 2014

  • Hearing Loop Awareness Week 12-20 July

    Posted: 10:10am on Wednesday 9th July 2014 - In: DSA

    It’s only a few days now until Hearing Loop Awareness Week gets underway. Will you be participating? If you can, please do. It doesn’t need to take much time and it is straightforward to get involved.

    We’re looking for people in towns and cities across the UK to check if there are working hearing loops in venues and facilities in their local area. This includes: shops, banks, GP surgeries, libraries, churches, theatres and so on. You can check one venue or lots.

    Each venue you check should take you only 10 minutes or so.

    You’ll find more information and a copy of the short form you should complete when you visit a venue on our website. Contact our Helpdesk if you need more information – [email protected]

    last modified: 10:10am on Wednesday 9th July 2014

  • Grants and Funding for Disabled Students

    Posted: 11:36am on Tuesday 28th January 2014 - In: DSA

    Higher education opens up many opportunities, but also brings with it added financial worries; this is especially the case if you have a disability. We explain the help available to relieve the strain of being a student.

    While all students are entitled to a tuition fee loan, a means tested maintenance loan to cover living costs and sometimes a maintenance grant, additional grants are available for disabled students.

    Here we review the extra funding available to UK students with a disability. read more

    by EllaM

    last modified: 10:30am on Wednesday 29th January 2014

  • Living with Disabilities: What Help is Available?

    Posted: 11:29am on Tuesday 28th January 2014 - In: DSA

    Whether you’re disabled or care for a disabled family member, times are changing and they’re changing fast. We take a look at what help is at hand.

    Between welfare overhaul, austerity and a sluggish economy there has been a perfect storm of issues impacting on UK family finances.

    If you are disabled, many of these issues will be affecting you more than most. We look at the financial and practical help available to you: read more

    Disabled living FAQs

    Once you’ve had your assessments, use their results to guide your planning across 4 key areas so that you know what help is available and who to contact:

    by BillJ from

    last modified: 10:31am on Wednesday 29th January 2014

  • Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter December 2013

    Posted: 9:21am on Tuesday 10th December 2013 - In: DSA

    Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter December 2013

    Disabled people leading change


    Our reach

    ·         Blog from our new Policy and Communications Manager

    ·         Building a National Voice of Disabled People Conference report

    Our services

    Our publications

    Getting Involved

    Influencing our Policy work

    Other News

    You can also keep up to date with what we do by using our news feed.

    Why not add your own contribution or comment on what we do via facebook or twitter.

    We are always looking for blog contributions related to our work. If you have something you want to say email [email protected]

    Follow Disability Rights UK on Linkedin

    We welcome your views on our e-newsletter any feedback is welcome to [email protected]

    Please note that inclusion of information in this newsletter does not imply endorsement of products, campaigns or services by Disability Rights UK. Disability Rights UK is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

    Our reach

    Blog from our new Policy and Communications Manager
    Arriving at Disability Rights UK – Philip Connolly introduces himself and outlines his aspirations in his role as DR UK’s Policy and Communications Manager. To read his blog go to

    Building a National Voice of Disabled People Conference report
    Our second Conference considered how we can build a strong and loud national voice of disabled people. Given the affects of social security reforms, local government spending cuts, the rise in incidents of disability hate crime and the continuing lack of employment opportunities there has never been a more important time for the voice of disabled people and people living with long term health conditions to be heard. Thank you to all those who attended and participated to make the day a success. You can view a conference report at

    Disability Rights UK condemns Government’s sham consultation on PIP  mobility rules
    When Government suddenly did a 6 week consultation on the specific question of whether being unable to walk 20 metres or 50 metres should be the threshold for claiming Personal Independence Payment, many disabled people viewed the consultation as a sham designed to head off a judicial review. The judicial review action was being brought against the withdrawal of the DLA higher mobility rate to all those who can walk more than 20 metres.
    Disabled people and our organisations wondered if responding to the consultation was a complete waste of time. It now seems they were right. You can view our statement at

    FDR and job creation
    New blog by Roger Berry.  Roger Berry is a trustee of Disability Rights UK and former MP for Kingswood between 1992 and 2010. Ypu can view this at

    Health and Social Care update from our work as Strategic Partner to the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England
    This month’s update includes a report from the latest Strategic Partners meeting, reflections on Disability Rights UK’s events and workplan, and on how this will support local user-led membership organisations and finally news and insights on social care eligibility criteria, working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), personal health budgets, peer support and The Light Touch Regime and Accessible EU Procurement. for more information go to

    Liz Sayce criticises non work programme
    Speaking on Channel 4 Liz Sayce described the work programme as the “non-work programme” and demanded a more personalised approach to supporting disabled people into work. To view this article and see a related video go to

    Our response to ILF Court of Appeal victory
    Disability Rights UK welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal that the closure of the Independent Living Fund has not been pursued lawfully. To view our press release go to

    Our “Taking Control of Employment Support” report
    Disability Rights UK's new report argues that the government's huge Work Programme is failing disabled people (with at least an 88% failure rate) and is very poor value for money. Work Choice - a more specialist programme - does some  good work in spite of a payment incentive system which steers them away from the very people the programme is supposed to help (those facing complex barriers). We call upon the Government to radically re-think, cut out the middle man (the Work Programme or Work Choice provider) and put power in the hands of the people who can really make employment support work  - disabled people, and employers - with advice available to them as needed. To view the report go to

    Shared ownership for disabled people
    Advance, a provider of housing, support and employment for disabled people and Disability Rights UK, have launched a joint report on shared ownership housing for severely disabled people. For more information go to

    Social care limps on from crisis to crisis
    In this blog Sue Bott, Director of Policy and Development at Disability Rights UK identifies seven needs for independent living. She suggests that we should join up these needs to make the best use of the resources available so that they work for each other and give us the support we need? You can view the blog at

    Social Care Portability now accepted as a right
    Disability Rights UK welcomes this important change in the law. We have been working with Baroness Campbell and have achieved much over the three years on this issue although much of it has been going on under the radar. For more information go to

    We want more access to FE for those with autism
    Disability Rights UK was a signatory to a letter asking for this, published in the online Telegraph on 26 October 2013. To read the letter and see the other signatories go to

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    Our services

    Benefits training courses on Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Challenging Benefit Decisions and Appeals
    We have published our 2014 dates at
    Our courses are ideal for advice workers, social workers, support workers and anyone else supporting clients with welfare benefits (but are not intended for individual claimants)
    You can book online via the link on the training page. (Don’t be put off by the User Login box, which is for internal use only, but go to the heading for the training course (by scrolling down if necessary) and to the section that starts “Please fill out the form below …”) If you have any questions about the courses or how to book, please contact Robbie Spence, Tribunal Support Unit Advisor on 020 7566 0128 or at [email protected]

    We have several Helplines within Disability Rights UK that provide information on a variety of issues. Please direct people to the following numbers as appropriate. All of our telephone helplines carry Advice Quality Standard accreditation.

    Join us to make your voice heard
    By being a member of Disability Rights UK you will be joining hundreds of others committed to the vision of a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens. We influence government policy, and lobby MPs and peers – and we can only do it together, on the basis of our members’ views, and with information about your experiences all round the country. We can also offer publications discounts or free publications for member organisations. We can also publicise your events. To find out more go to

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    Our publications

    Disability Rights Handbook (38th edition)
    The Disability Rights Handbook is a must buy if you need advice or provide it. This year sees the biggest changes to the benefit system since the introduction of the welfare state, which will affect over 2 million disabled people.  The Disability Rights Handbook is written by benefits specialists and provides information and guidance on benefits and services to advisors, disability organisations and disabled people. To get your copy go to

    Disability and Welfare Rights Updates and Handbook Updater
    Exclusive to Disability Rights UK members, our bi-monthly Updates newsletter always contains:

    • the latest benefits, campaigns and policy updates;
    • Q&As from our Independent Living, Disabled Students and Member Organisations’ Welfare Benefits Helplines;
    • a digest of significant recent welfare rights caselaw;
    • a timetable of future benefit changes; and
    • details of our welfare rights and disability confidence training courses.

    Our Handbook Updater contains all the amendments-to-date to our Disability Rights Handbook made due to legislative changes made since its date of publication. To find out more, view a sample Update go to

    Into Higher Education 2014 now published
    Into Higher Education is a guide for disabled people thinking about studying in higher education starting September 2014. You can download a copy at

    New factsheet on social care brokerage
    If you are a social care user you could receive funding as a personal budget to enable you to buy you own services and support. Receiving a personal budget/direct payment enables you to choose the services which you want to use. This gives you more choice, independence, control and flexibility. You can get help with managing your personal budget and access relevant information through brokerage and advocacy services. Local support brokers can provide one-to-one support or additional continuous support for those who need it, or support by phone, or online. Having a broker to help you manage your personal budget can help make the process a lot easier. This factsheet tells you the range of support available and how to access the services of a broker. To download the factsheet go to

    Personal Independence Payment - Our free guide to claiming has been updated
    This guide helps you through the claiming process. It covers information on the PIP activities and scores, how to fill out the claim form and the face to face consultation with a healthcare professional. It also gives you advice on what to do if you are not happy with your decision together with an appendix of further help and information available. The Guide has just been updated to take account of additional information now available, including adjustments to the PIP timetable and reimbursement of travelling expenses for those attending assessment centres. You can download the guide at

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    Getting Involved

    Baroness Campbell is urging individuals and organisations to fill in this Lobbying Bill survey
    Among various measures, the bill lowers the threshold that a charity is allowed to spend in the run-up to an election from £10,000 to £5,000 in England. If this sum is exceeded the charity must register with the Electoral Commission, which is highly bureaucratic as each bit of spending must be accounted for. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has pointed out that the bill will “tie charities up in red tape”. For more information see

    Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee vacancies
    The Department for Transport is recruiting new members for Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) to take up appointments in April 2014. The Department will start a recruitment process for the Chair of DPTAC in the New Year. The closing date for applications is 2 January 2014. For more information see

    Equally Ours launch and seminar
    Equally Ours aims to help everyone understand how human rights benefit all of us in the UK, every day, in very practical ways; that they are an important part of our shared heritage. It is a partnership between the Equality and Diversity Forum, Age UK, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, Disability Rights UK, Mind, René Cassin and Runnymede Trust but we want other organisations to get involved. For information about the launch and the campaign go to and

    Free Disability Hate Crime events
    Disability Rights UK are aiming to improve the knowledge of and success in operating Third Party Disability Hate Crime Reporting Centres similar to the massively successful centre operating by DisabilityFirst in Blackpool. In conjunction with DR UK Ambassador Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, who worked with Disability Rights UK in creating the Third Party Reporting toolkit , there will be a series of events aimed at increasing the number of ULDPO's running these centres. For more information see

    International day of disabled people
    Did you host an event on the day? If so tell us about and send any photos you took and we will cover it on our website. Email [email protected].

    Support human rights protections in care homes
    The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) wants you to ask your MP to support a new proposal which will mean that people who use regulated care services will have access to the protections in the Human Rights Act. This will help ensure the vital safety net provided by the Human Rights Act can be accessed by all people using care services. For more information on this campaign go to

    Win a pair of tickets to a captioned or audio-described show by helping us understand the value of accessible theatre to you
    Have you ever been to captioned or audio-described theatre? Or wanted to go but couldn't find a captioned or audio described performance on when you could go? If so, London Metropolitan University would love you to take 15 minutes to fill in their online survey and let them know what you like about accessible theatre, what could be improved, what barriers exist to prevent people who might value it from accessing it, and what changes could be made to make the experience appeal to more people. For more information go to:

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    Influencing our Policy work

    Are you 18 to 25? Want to know what would help you and others to create or obtain work?
    Disability Rights UK is establishing a forum and we want you to get in touch with us if you would wish to be a member of it. Members of the forum will be able to discuss with us and help us develop our campaign plans and campaign activities to increase the participation of disabled people in work, apprenticeships and the gaining of skills.  For more information email [email protected] or telephone at 0207 566 0129.

    Disability Rights UK supporting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to inform key lines of enquiry around forthcoming inspections in all nine regions
    Partners sought for discussion groups and development work!
    We have agreed to help inform disabled people about the CQC and also gather insights about what makes care safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. We are starting communication work in all nine regions using the CQC inspections of 19 NHS Trusts as a hook to engage people in conversations.

    From all nine regions in England, we are looking to identify patient groups and user-led organisations that want to work with us and CQC more closely and more regularly. For instance, we would like to share information at CQC's inspections and find out whether this is the sort of information people would like in those or other formats. Above all, CQC need to hear feedback and more regular evidence about how services are doing locally and how this evidence can lead to improvement, perhaps in some pilot areas. This is with a view to establish regional disability networks with direct influence on CQC inspections.

    As a first step, we are keen to produce a few case studies about what a good service looks like from the perspective of people with different disabilities. In what ways is such a good service responsive to people? We would like to bring this out through a discussion group, and this would be a good way to engage with you to help us produce something concrete early on. So if you are also interested in participating in a discussion group, please get in touch.

    DRUK is looking for local partners to deliver this project potentially over a longer period of time, and we see this as an opportunity to refresh local or regional partnerships with our members and networks. Some small resource will be made available for this in addition to expenses. Please get in touch with Bernd Sass, [email protected] or 07906 521536.

    Making things more fair for disabled people – a research initiative by The University of Bristol and Disability Rights UK

    • Lots of problems are facing disabled people in the UK today. For instance, we are far less likely to have a job, than non-disabled people.
    • 48% of disabled people, compared with 78% of non-disabled people, were employed in 2009 (Labour Force Survey, 2009).
    • Poverty is a real problem for disabled people. On every measure of poverty, disabled people are about twice as likely as non-disabled people to be poor.
    • The Health Services do not always treat all patients equally. For instance, people with learning disabilities are dying some 13-20 years earlier than non-disabled patients (CIPOLD, 2013).
    • The government wants all disabled people to make decisions, and to feel a sense of control about their own lives. But there are some people who cannot always make decisions for themselves, and the Mental Capacity Act is there to help and to protect them. But we know that this does not always work well (BIDS, 2012).
    • Parents with learning difficulties often do not get the support they need to be ‘good parents’.
    • We know that disabled people have increasing problems with hate crime and abuse.

    This is just a part of the picture. The UK is signed up to a Human Rights declaration called the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’, and should be taking action to make sure that all disabled people have equal chances, compared with non-disabled people.

    The University of Bristol is hoping to do some research with DRUK and disabled people across the country, to find out more about how things can be improved. This research could be based on human rights. The following areas are probably important, if we are thinking about how to improve our lives:
    ·         Work and employment practices
    ·         Supporting people to make their own decisions
    ·         Health services
    ·         Care homes and support services
    ·         Disabled people’s rights to become parents
    ·         Learning from disabled people’s ideas about the big problems in the world, like the environment and sustainability
    The University would like to talk with you, if possible, before putting in the research bid. That is so that you can have a say, and tell them what is most important for yourself, and for the people you represent. If it is possible to have a meeting with your organisation, can you contact Val Williams at: [email protected]  If you have no time for a meeting, perhaps you can let her have your ideas by email. Here are the main questions:

    1.    Do you have direct experience of any of the areas above?
    2.  How do you think changes will happen?
    3.  What kind of research will make a difference in practice?

    Policy Network of Members
    Policy has to be a living statement of an organisation’s principles. An organisation’s policy informs its response to external developments and good policy is key to the ability of an organisation to have influence.
    As the new Policy and Communications Manager of Disability Rights UK in line with the values of the organisation I wish to see our policy appraised and developed through the active involvement of our disabled members. I am looking to establish a policy forum of members with whom we could have a regular dialogue to inform our policy work on a quarterly basis. For more information go to

    Take our Peer support networks survey
    As we know, the whole idea of centres for independent living and disabled people’s and user-led organisations is that we support each other through peer support. At long last it seems that national policy makers are taking an interest. We therefore intend to apply for funding for recognition and support for the growth of innovations that mobilise disabled people's energy and talents to support each other. We are starting to gather best practice and fundraising with local partners. Your help with this survey will enable us to collect evidence of the scale of current activities. We'd also like to know what support you'd need to develop these activities further. You can complete the survey at

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    Other News

    Accessible information standard initiative
    NHS England has begun a programme of work to develop and implement an Information Standard for accessible information. For more information go to

    Autumn statement 2013
    These are the key relevant announcements in the Chancellor’s autumn statement. See

    Benefit cuts threaten independent living says Habinteg report
    As a provider of inclusive housing Habinteg has sought to promote accessible homes within the mainstream to meet individual needs. The report examines the effect of benefit cuts on Habinteg tenants. It paints a compelling picture of the impact of benefit cuts on disabled people’s rights and ability to live independent lives. For more information go to

    Disabled child wins right to attend primary school
    To celebrate the first anniversary of the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) we highlight one of their success stories where Alfie, a disabled child, was refused a primary school place. You can view the blog at To find out more about the EASS go to

    Government loses Work Capability Assessment Appeal Court case against key mental health decision
    The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling which found that the process used to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism. For more information go to

    How you can use the Social Value Act
    Since the end of January 2013 The Public Services (Social Value) Act has come into force requiring all public bodies in England and some in Wales are required to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of local areas. This external blog posted by Chih Hoong Sin suggests how ways you can use the new Act. You can view the blog at

    Ipsos Mori Survey indicates the public thinks the bedroom tax unfair when it is explained to them
    A new Ipsos Mori survey “Public perceptions of the removal of the spare room subsidy” examined public attitudes to the implementation of the bedroom tax. The survey, carried out on behalf of the DWP, found that 54% say that it is unfair if there is a shortage of properties with fewer bedrooms in the same area with 18% disagreeing. 48% say that it is unfair if those affected have to make up for the reduction in Housing Benefit by spending less on household essentials with 21% disagreeing. To find out more go to

    'My Sport, My Voice!’ project
    The UK Sports Association (UKSA) has announced the launch of its ‘My Sport, My Voice!’ project – a new initiative which aims to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Set to commence in April 2014, ‘My Sport, My Voice!’ will raise awareness around talented athletes with learning disability amongst the general public, giving those athletes a platform to share their views and challenge perceptions around disability. For more information go to

    New Money Advice Service for disabled people
    To celebrate and support International Day of Disabled People the Money Advice Service has launched a new online resource dedicated to supporting people who people who develop a health condition or become disabled. For more information go to

    Personalisation is now independent living ‘lite
    Gerry Zarb, Policy Advisor at Spectrum, has written a thought provoking piece on the relationship between independent living and personalisation. To view this go to

    Scottish devolution proposals on PIP, the bedroom tax and human rights
    An independent Scottish Government pledges to abolish the bedroom tax, stop PIP and Universal Credit roll out and embed equality and human rights in Scotland's written constitution. "Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland", published by the Scottish Government, outlines the case for independence prior to the Scotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014. To find out more go to

    Views wanted on Scottish future welfare options
    The Expert Working Group on Welfare is seeking views on the future Welfare choices in an independent Scotland. The Group’s call for evidence will run until December 13, 2013. See


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    last modified: 9:34am on Tuesday 10th December 2013

  • Application Form 2013/2014 - Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) | yourDSA

    Posted: 3:55pm on Friday 23rd August 2013 - In: DSA

    If you have completed an online application form for Student Finance and indicated that you want to apply for DSAs, Student Finance England will send you a DSA application form with your details already filled in for you to sign and return with evidence

    You should apply for Disabled Students Allowances as soon as possible as the process can take three months. You do not have to wait until you have a confirmed place, although you can apply at any stage of your course.

    For a downloadable guide see: 'Bridging the Gap'

    Short Form - Disabled Students' Allowances 2013/2014

    If you have already applied for Student Finance and now wish to apply for DSAs you should download the Short Form

    Download Form 2013/2014

    For further information see: Applying for Disabled Students' Allowances

    Full Form - Disabled Students' Allowances 2013/2014

    If you are applying for DSAs ONLY, and are a Post-graduate or Part-time student you should download the Full Form

    Download Form 2013/2014

    For further information see: Applying for Disabled Students' Allowances

    last modified: 3:59pm on Friday 23rd August 2013

  • Charity Donations

    Posted: 12:24pm on Thursday 28th February 2013 - In: DSA
    • Snowdon
    • dogs for the disabled

    10% of yourDSA's profit is donated to charity.

    This year yourDSA donated £162.00 to each of the following charities:

    last modified: 12:34pm on Thursday 28th February 2013

  • Browser Extensions - NEW!

    Posted: 4:49pm on Tuesday 15th January 2013 - In: DSA

    extBrowser Extensions


    Our Assistive Technology directory now includes web browser extensions. Browser Extensions are programmes that extend the functionality of your favourite web browser, such as: productivity, organisation,

    Currently Supporting:

      Assistive Technology Directory

      Assistive Technology

    last modified: 5:06pm on Tuesday 15th January 2013

  • Site Updates

    Posted: 4:08pm on Thursday 13th December 2012 - In: DSA


    yourEDU - School Support went live 26/11/12
    Our aim is to provide useful, jargon-free information on disabilities and available support for children and their parents.
    If you have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact: [email protected]
    last modified: 4:13pm on Thursday 13th December 2012

  • Diagnostic Assessment Directory - NEW

    Posted: 9:43am on Tuesday 13th November 2012 - In: DSA
    The yourDSA website has had a very successful first year helping over 35,000 students and other interested parties to find jargon free, step-by-step information.

    Now in our 2nd year, visitor numbers have increased dramatically average in-excess of 200 independent visits per day (Monday-Friday). Here are our latest visitor stats: Visits: 36,140 / Pageviews: 140,204 / Pages per visit: 3.88 / % New Visits: 69.10%

    Possible Independent Service Provider
    As a Possible Independent Service Provider you will get:

    You get all this for an annual subscription of £500.00 Inc. VAT. 10% of profit will be donated to designated charities.

    If you have any further questions regarding the site or your involvement please do not hesitate to get in contact: Contact Us

    yourDSA - Now it clicks!

    last modified: 11:31am on Tuesday 13th November 2012

  • Current DSA Workstreams

    Posted: 11:52am on Wednesday 7th November 2012 - In: DSA

    For up-to-date processing timescales on key Disabled Students' Allowance workstreams follow this link - DSA Workstreams

    This information is updated every Thursday.
    last modified: 11:53am on Wednesday 7th November 2012

  • Student Disability Assistance Fund

    Posted: 9:16am on Friday 19th October 2012 - In: DSA

    Student Disability Assistance Fund

    The Student Health Association

    The Student Health Association (formerly known as BAHSHE) runs the Student Disability Assistance Fund (Charity no. 253984 - est.1967). The fund helps students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. The maximum amount of each award is £500 and students must be involved in higher education on a full-time or nearly full-time basis.

    Students should first apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance before applying to the Student Disability Assistance Fund. Students who are disabled but not entitled to receive Disabled Students' Allowance are more likely to be awarded a grant by the Student Disability Assistance Fund than students who do receive Disabled Students Allowance. See Application Process

    last modified: 9:25am on Friday 19th October 2012

  • yourDSA Site Update

    Posted: 9:24pm on Thursday 23rd August 2012 - In: DSA

    Access to Work


    Our new 'Access to Work' information website called yourAtW (yourAccessToWork), which has been under development for several months now has gone live. This site provides advice and support if your health or disability affects your ability to work. It gives you and your employer advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs.

    Video Bars

    We've also had a bit of a facelift and added some very useful videos about the Disabled Student's Allowances, which were produced by Microlink PC. Look for the video bars at the top of each page.

    Play ►

    Are Disabled Students' Allowances for me?

    BSL Version

    | Video Produced by Microlink PC

    last modified: 1:14pm on Friday 24th August 2012

  • Disabled Student Service - Bulletin August 2012

    Posted: 4:55pm on Thursday 23rd August 2012 - In: DSA

    Things to note:

    Course Specific Software

    From 17th September the recommendation for course related software will no longer be accepted for students with Specific Learning Difficulties. However exceptional circumstances will still be considered on a case by case basis.

    Remote Training

    When remote training has been recommended, Needs Assessors must provide justification for this method of training. Two remote training quotes ("like for like") will be required outlining the content of these remote training sessions.

    For further information please see: Disabled Student Service Bulletin - August 2012 [PDF]

    last modified: 5:09pm on Thursday 23rd August 2012

  • VI & HE STEM project

    Posted: 9:48am on Monday 6th August 2012 - In: DSA

    VI & HE STEM project

    You can now access all the outputs from the VI & HE STEM project, as well as associated project reports via the weblink here
    last modified: 9:48am on Monday 6th August 2012

  • yourDSA is 1 year old today!!!

    Posted: 10:46am on Wednesday 1st August 2012 - In: DSA

    yourDSA is 1 year old today!!!

    yourDSA which had been in development since September 2010 went live on the 1st August 2011.

    In its first year the site has had:

    yourDSA is also listed on over 30 FE and HE institution websites and has recently had an article written about it in Ability Magazine.
    Current Site Statistics

    Below are some images showing the various design stages the site has gone through in it's first year.

    Original design idea Design Nov 2010 Aug 2011 Current Design Next Design
    last modified: 10:48am on Wednesday 1st August 2012

  • New part-time students can apply for their student finance

    Posted: 8:47pm on Tuesday 24th July 2012 - In: DSA

    New Students

    New students starting a part-time course on or after 1 September 2012 should apply now for their student finance. They can do this by downloading a Tuition Fee Loan application form (PTL1) from or, they can contact their university or college to ask for an application pack.

    Continuing Students

    Continuing students who applied for a part-time Fee Grant and/or Course Grant last year don’t need to do anything just yet. We’ll email them a short application form (PTGC) around the middle of August to fill out. Alternatively, the application form will be available to download from from 3 September 2012.
    Continuing students who are applying for a Fee Grant or Course Grant for the first time will need to complete a full application form (PTGN). This form will also be available to download from from 3rd September 2012.

    Part-time Information, Advice and Guidance

    Students can access a wide range of helpful tools and guidance from our dedicated microsite

    These include new film animations which help new and continuing part-time students understand what they can get and how to get it. They’ll also find a range of quick guides explaining ‘How and when to apply’, ‘What, how and when to repay’ and ‘The steps to applying for DSAs’.

    Stakeholders and delivery partners can also access an extensive suite of resources - specifically designed for student advisors, teachers and tutors working with students - from our dedicated practitioner website

    Here you’ll find factsheets, presentations, lesson plans, videos (to view and to embed) and a range of guidance materials for students including our popular quick guides.

    last modified: 8:53pm on Tuesday 24th July 2012

  • The yourDSA website features in the summer issue of Ability magazine

    Posted: 1:26pm on Tuesday 24th July 2012 - In: DSA
    The yourDSA website, which provides a step-by-step guide of the full DSA process, features in issue 86 of Ability magazine. add
    last modified: 3:23pm on Tuesday 24th July 2012

  • A film about being diagnosed with MS

    Posted: 9:38am on Thursday 19th July 2012 - In: DSA

    Gallop is an enchanting, ground-breaking film, directed by BAFTA nominated film director Michael Pearce. Gallop has been developed and launched by, a web-based charity for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and has already been shortlisted for Best Short Film at this year's Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. The spellbinding film featuring Hollyoaks actress, Holly Weston, has been created to help better convey the impact of a diagnosis with MS, the most common neurological condition affecting young adults. It uses narrative to explore the life-changing event of diagnosis through a compelling love story rather than solely focusing on the disease.

    To learn more about Gallop and the community, please visit

    last modified: 9:38am on Thursday 19th July 2012

  • Disability Rights Handbook

    Posted: 10:26am on Thursday 31st May 2012 - In: DSA

    Order the Disability Rights Handbook 37th Edition online

    Stay informed – know your rights

    The ‘Handbook’ provides information and guidance on benefits and services for people with experience of disability or health conditions.
    Fully updated for 2012, our user-friendly guide presents this complex information in a concise, straightforward and jargon-free way.

    Keep your handbook up to date all year

    Become a member of Disability Rights UK and we’ll keep you up to date throughout the year with ‘Disability and Welfare Rights Updates’, our bi-monthly PDF magazine.

    Join Disability Rights UK

    Help us shape the disability rights picture. Our vision is a society where all disabled people can participate equally as full citizens. Membership provides you with the opportunity for you to lead the debate locally and nationally, share your views and keep up to date with the latest disability rights news. Members get discounted rates on publications. Annual fees start from £7.50 for individuals and £50 for organisations.

    Free online factsheets now updated

    Our free factsheets have now been updated. They provide basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues for claimants and advisers.

    Save over 30% on our Jubilee Bank Holiday Special Offer

    Take advantage of our special offer and buy both the ‘Holiday Guide 2012’ and ‘If Only I’d Known That A Year Ago 2012’ for only £17.99. That’s a saving of well over 30% and we will also give you a ‘Get Caravanning Guide’, worth £3.99 for free too. So start planning your holidays today.

    Want to keep up to date with the latest news and views from Disability Rights UK? Subscribe to our fortnightly e–newsletter.
    Disability Rights UK, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London EC1V 8AF Telephone 020 7250 3222, Textphone 18001 020 7250 3222
    last modified: 10:36am on Thursday 31st May 2012

  • Site Update - Extra Funding Bodies

    Posted: 3:33pm on Friday 4th May 2012 - In: DSA

    We have updated the site to include information for students applying through the following funding bodies:

    This includes information on: Eligibility, Funding Amounts, and Application Forms.

    last modified: 6:31pm on Sunday 6th May 2012

  • Applications 2012 / 2013

    Posted: 12:44pm on Thursday 22nd March 2012 - In: DSA

    If you have completed an online application form for Student Finance and indicated that you want to apply for DSAs, Student Finance England will send you a DSA application form with your details already filled in for you to sign and return with evidence

    You should apply for Disabled Students Allowances as soon as possible as the process can take three months. You do not have to wait until you have a confirmed place, although you can apply at any stage of your course.

    For a downloadable guide see: 'Bridging the Gap'

    Short Form

    If you have already applied for Student Finance and now wish to apply for DSAs you should download the Short Form

    Download Form 2012/2013

    For further information see: Applying for Disabled Students' Allowances

    Full Form

    If you are applying for DSAs ONLY, and are a Post-graduate or Part-time student you should download the Full Form

    Download Form 2012/2013

    For further information see: Applying for Disabled Students' Allowances

    last modified: 12:29am on Sunday 8th April 2012