Association of
Non-Medical Help


Due to the current Government restrictions resulting from Coronavirus, all DSA non-medical help support is being offered remotely, online, and/or by telephone. The Association members are continuing to provide support in this way which remains very beneficial to disabled students in accessing their learning at this very uncertain time.

Providing specialist learning support to students who study in higher education and are receiving Disabled Students Allowances.

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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.*


“I came out with a first, I would not come out with a top degree without that support…. My personal tutor spent extra time sitting with me going through things i needed to ask questions with it. Without the support of the tutor and my notetaker i think i would be in a different position”*       




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