What happens at a DSA Study Needs Assessment?


The Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is designed to compensate for difficulties you may experience in your studies as a direct result of your disability.

As part of the application, you will be asked to have a DSA Study Needs Assessment to identify any support you may be entitled to. 

On the day

1. Before the assessment, you will be asked to complete a Pre-Assessment Form. If you are unable to do so, please don’t worry as the assessor will help you do so on the day itself. 

2. Depending on your needs, we recommend allowing 2 hours for your assessment. 

3. Your assessment will consist of a confidential one-to-one conversation. It is not a test of your strengths and weaknesses. 

4. After the assessment, the assessor will write a report for the purposes of obtaining the relevant support on your behalf. 

5. All the recommended support made by your assessor can only relate to your disability and your academic needs. 

6. After your assessment, you will receive an entitlement letter from your funding body. This will tell you what support has been approved and how to access it. 

7. You will be able to request a draft of your assessment report for your approval before it is sent to your funding body. 

Confidentiality and Data Protection

Indigo is committed to ensuring confidentiality and data protection for all its clients. No third party will be provided with any of the information you give us without prior agreement.

Normally, we will pass on information on a need-to-know basis in order to help provide the best support for you during your studies.

For your application for the DSA to proceed after your assessment, we will write a report for your funding body. It is also standard practice to send a copy of your report to the Disability Coordinator/Advisor at your University or College, so they are aware of the recommendations made. However, if you do not want us to do this, you can tell us, and in this case, only you and your funding body will receive a copy of your report. We do encourage you to allow us to send a copy to your Disability Advisor, as their ability to support you may be limited without this information.