All Disabled Students Allowance learning support is currently being provided remotely and online. Providers are experienced in using various online support platforms and will continue to help students access their learning. There are many benefits for students in continuing with their support through this period and we would suggest students speak to their support provider if they have any questions.
The Association Student and Provider Survey: Your DSA Support and Covid-19 is now available here.
BSL videos and audio transcriptions of the DSA Support and Covid-19 student survey are available here
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Disseminate information and guidance
to members on government funding, auditing and other initiatives relevant to the sector
Develop and maintain links
with other professional organisations involved in the provision of services to disabled students
Attract and maintain
the widest representation of those with a stakeholding in DSA-funded NMH provision
and be the collective voice of those with a stakeholding in DSA-funded NMH provision.
Promote best practice, quality and improvement
across the sector to ensure the most effective outcomes for students.
Act in an advisory capacity
to appropriate stakeholders including the Department for Education, statutory funding bodies and any designated auditing body
What is the current feedback from Students?
68% of DSA recipients agreed that DSA support enabled them to participate more fully in their course.*
85% of students strongly agreed or agreed that ‘DSA learning support is important for me at this time’ (Covid-19 survey, April 2020)**
37% of students said that they couldn’t have done their course without getting support from DSAs*
*Department for Education – Evaluation of Disabled Students’ Allowances. Published 17 January 2019 available here
“I couldn’t do without my mentor, she really is amazing! My results have gone up two/ three grades!”
Feedback from a student in receipt of DSA support in 2018/19