Booking Your Disabled Student Allowance Study Needs Assessment
Once you have received confirmation that your DSA application has been successful it is time to book your Study Needs Assessment at a disability assessment centre.
What is a DSA Study Needs Assessment?
A DSA Needs Assessment is a meeting between yourself and one of our trained assessors. Here we will discuss what specific difficulties you are experiencing as a result of your disability.
A DSA Needs Assessment Is Not A Test!
Our Assessments take place at one of our certified Needs Assessment Centres. Assessments with us are an informal discussion, where you are able to talk through any difficulties you are experiencing in your studies as a result of your condition. Taking into account any strategies that you have already found to be helpful, we then demonstrate what further support is available through the DSA process, highlighting how you can begin to study more effectively.
Why Book With Our Needs Assessment Centre?
Our goal was to create a needs assessment centre that firmly placed students’ needs first, and one that we would want to come to if we were a student. Our DSA Assessment Centre consists of a small team of young, friendly and experienced assessors, offering students a personal, efficient and knowledgeable service.
What Does This Mean For You:
After Your Needs Assessment.
Following confirmation of approval from your funding body, A2B Assessments will:
Who Runs A2B?
Nathan – Centre Manager
Nathan completed a BSc in Finance at the University of Reading before undertaking his Masters at Central St Martins (UAL). It was during his Masters that Nathan first became aware of the DSA process, receiving support as a student himself. Before graduating Nathan began training as a Needs Assessor and over the following 6 years also worked as a DSA Assistive Technology Trainer and Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Tutor.
Outside of running A2B, Nathan enjoys going to the theatre, the gym and the great outdoors.
Ed – Deputy Centre Manager
Ed read Philosophy and Film at the University of Kent before studying a Masters at Central St Martins (UAL). After his studies, Ed started working as a DSA Assistive Technology Trainer before also undertaking Specialist 1:1 Support covering both Study Skills and Mentoring. Ed’s experience in these different areas of the DSA, helped him to understand a broad range of disabilities and the individual support students can require.
When he is not making sure A2B is running smoothly, Ed enjoys cycling, going to the cinema and rock climbing.
“Very friendly, helpful... customer service was excellent... I felt like I had known the assessor for a very long time... I will refer anyone to A2B as the service cannot be compared.”
"I was made to feel really comfortable and at ease - something that often feels forced by such meetings, but could both relate to and trust who I was speaking with. Helpful suggestions for my help also provided."
"I found the whole experience with A2B great and the advice really helpful. They made me feel totally relaxed and answered all my questions clearly and with a good amount of detail. It was all a very new experience for me which they completely empathised with whilst also listening to all of my concerns. Thank you very much A2B for showing me that there is so much software out there to help me make the most of my postgrad course."
"A2B Assessments personally ensured that the DSA process for me was quick, easy and efficiently done. The assessor was very friendly and was willing to answer any queries I had which made the process much easier while also making me feel relaxed and willing to answer any questions; making it more like a conversation rather than an interview. The appointment was made shortly after I arranged it online - no longer than 20 mins later and I was seen 2 days later. I would thoroughly recommend A2B Assessments to anyone who is entering the DSA process."