We've put together a lit of frequently asked questions for students who want to find out more about the Anglia Access Centre and our services. If you have any questions which aren't listed below please contact us and we'll help you.
Not necessarily. If your medical condition prevents you from attending one of our Centres we can request permission from your funding body to visit you at home.
No, there are no tests involved during the assessment process.
Parking varies depending on the location. Please refer to the Find Us page for detailed information. If you are a blue badge holder please inform us when booking your appointment and we will arrange accessible parking.
The assessment is normally conducted on a one-to-one basis unless there is a specific need for you to be accompanied. However, the decision lies solely with the person being assessed. If you choose to have someone accompany you, the assessor will primarily communicate with you, not the person accompanying you. There are cafe facilities close to all our Centres for anyone who accompanies you on the journey.
Unless you are under the age of 18 years, no-one can insist on accompanying you into the assessment.
The length of time between a DSA Assessment and receiving any recommended equipment or help can vary. It often depends on the time of year. The busiest period for equipment suppliers and trainers is June - October. Non-medical help (dyslexia support, physical assistance, etc.) is often arranged immediately, as this can be put in place by your institution as soon as the report arrives.
his really depends on the nature and severity of your disability. If you are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or have severe mobility difficulties then it is recommended that you get your assessment done before your course starts. The recommendations are likely to be vital from day one.
Don't delay things longer than you have to, as it is good for you to have all of your support in place before starting. If you start your course and realise that you need additional arrangements, it is not too late. The Disability Officer at your Institution can advise you on how to organise amendments to your recommendations.
If you find that your disability has changed or the structure of your course is amended, you should contact your Disability Officer to discuss how to proceed.
The DSA is a grant. The equipment is owned by you and you take the equipment with you when you finish your studies. However, if you have applied for the DSA in the last six months of your course, you may be provided with rental equipment which would need to be returned to the supplier.
If you do not feel a need to keep the equipment after the end of your course you can donate it to your university's support team so that they can use it to support students who are not eligible for the DSA.
No. The DSA is a grant not a loan. The only time you would be required to pay anything back is if you received equipment/support before starting your course and then you did not attend university. If this situation occurs your funding body will contact you to discuss the options available to you.
The Anglia Access Centre operates under the Data Protection Act 1998.
For your application to proceed, it will be necessary for us to write a report for your funding body. This will contain your personal details and details of your disability and its effects on your studies. To assist you, we usually send the Disability Officer / Adviser at your College or University a copy of the report. However, if you do not want us to do this, you can tell us at the time of your assessment. In that case, only you and your funding body will receive a copy of the report.
Once your assessment is complete, all your paperwork is scanned and stored on a secure server. All paper based documents are securely shredded. We keep your data for 6 years from the end date of your course (as indicated at the time of assessment) and then destroy it securely. If you require further information on our data protection policy then please contact the Centre.
This was most likely an Educational Psychologist Assessment to formally diagnose your Specific Learning Difficulty and measure your strengths and weaknesses. The needs assessment does not diagnose any conditions but uses the information in your medical evidence and from the discussion you will have with the assessor and apply it to the demands your course in order to identify a set of recommendations and strategies tailored to your particular needs to allow you to perform to your abilities and succeed on your course.
It is your responsibility to order the equipment once your funding body has agreed the recommendations. If you are funded through Student Finance, then you will need to contact the supplier and present a copy of your approval letter in order for them to arrange delivery. If you are NHS Bursaries funded you may receive the money direct to your bank account. If this is the case you need to contact the supplier and order your equipment and send a cheque/pay by credit/debit card. You will then be required to send copies of the receipts/invoice to the student Bursaries section.
If it is a course requirement for all students to purchase a computer and software, then the need for the software is not disability related and therefore it cannot be funded through the DSA.
Student Finance England have introduced a blanket ban on course software for students with SpLDs (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, etc.).
Students with other difficulties/conditions (e.g. wheelchair users, Asperger Syndrome, Social Phobia, etc.) that affect their ability to access communal areas on a regular bases may be recommended course software.
No. The DSA cannot be used to pay for diagnosis or the charges made by GPs to produce letters.
Visual Stress is also known as: Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, or Asfedia. It is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem but a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information. It is usually corrected by use of coloured overlays or tinted glasses and is common in people who have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), such as Dyslexia. However, you can have Visual Stress without having an SpLD.
Student Finance will not accept an Educational Psychologist's Report as evidence of this condition. You will need to get a diagnosis by a qualified Optometrist if you wish this condition to be assessed as part of your DSA.
Optometrist listings can be found at: ceriumoptical.com
In order to claim the DSA for a Specific Learning Difficulty, you need to have a diagnostic report that was done after your 16th birthday. Ask your college/school whether they have a specialist tutor who can do this. A list of registered Educational Psychologists can be found at: psychologydirect.co.uk
You can ask your GP for a referral for this but this can be a long process. There is a clinic in Cambridge that offers diagnostic assessments. For more information: