Access 1st offers needs assessments, advice and support for disabled students in Higher Education.

We work with the challenges of learning and work. Our approach supports discovery, problem-solving and is dedicated to identifying ways to do what can be done.

We work to minimise unnecessary obstacles that cause frustration and waste time, thereby enabling you to engage with the interesting and invigorating challenges that are proper to learning and work.

The services that we offer include:

  • Assessments of need for study/work;
  • Advice and recommendations for reasonable adjustments;
  • Strategies for overcoming obstacles;
  • Recommendations for suitable equipment, accessories, assistive technologies and human support services;
  • Emphasis on the value of Assistive Technology Tutorials to develop real skills and accompanying confidence in the use of tools and resources;
  • Emphasis on the value of Specialist 1:1 Study Skills/Mentoring to facilitate your skills development in effective study;
  • Easy-to-use resources for Preparation for Study for you to build a transformative experience, rather than just settling for compensatory one.
  • Ask us for further specialist advice if you continue to experience study challenges that you don’t know how to deal with. If can assist, we will;
  • Liaison with support providers for implementation of recommendations, attention to detail to enable joined-up services;
  • Ongoing support and advice to assist with resolving issues;
  • Other ad-hoc services, depending on client needs.

DSA Assessment

The Disabled Student Allowances provide additional financial assistance to students in Higher Education who experience obstacles to study as a result of disabling conditions. The government has specific guidelines for determining who is entitled to student finance through the DSA. In order to find out if you are eligible, visit student finance England and submit an application.

Once your eligibility for student disability allowance has been confirmed, contact us to book an appointment for your DSA needs assessment.

During the DSA Assessment we will discuss what issues are affecting your studies, and ways in which these issues may be overcome. Possible solutions can include help with travel costs, covering costs for specialist equipment and software, or even physical assistance. The amount of student disability allowance you are awarded will depend on your specific needs, not your income. Disabled student allowance is not a loan, you do not have to repay any of the monies you are awarded, nor does student finance provided through DSA affect your eligibility for tax credits or other benefits.