Hereford Access Centre
Open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) Assessment

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How does the assessment process work?

  • Obtain an eligibility letter from your funding body (Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, NHS Student Bursaries).
     
  • Contact us at the Hereford Access Centre on 01432 376635 or email access@rnc.ac.uk
     
  • We will arrange an appointment with an assessor within 15 working days and, where possible, within 10 working days.

  • When you receive your appointment, send us your eligibility letter and evidence of your disability. This must be done before attending your appointment.
     
  • Your assessment will take about two hours.

  • The assessor will work with you to identify barriers to your education, training and potential employment and explore a range of support strategies, equipment and assistive technology.
  • At the end of your assessment the assessor will summarise the support they will recommend in their report.

  • Within ten working days of your assessment we will send your study needs report to your funding body. You can opt to see your report as either a draft copy before it is sent to the funding body or the final version.
Your funding body will pay the fully inclusive assessment fee which covers all work required for the duration of your course of study. We will liaise with funding bodies, equipment and tutoring suppliers and your university or college in order to ensure your support needs are addressed fully, throughout your course.
Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) Assessment
A qualified assessor will ascertain your SpLD. This includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and visual stress (Irlen Syndrome).

The Process


  • Call or email us to book your dyslexia assessment on 01432 376635 or email access@rnc.ac.uk

  • Payment will be taken at the time of booking specialist assessor

  • Full 3-4 hour assessment

  • Dyslexia diagnosis involves reading, writing and comprehension tests

  • Summary report will include specific recommendations for school, college, university or workplace. This should ensure that the right support is put in place and hopefully remove the anxiety relating to learning difficulties.

  • Reports will be completed and dispatched within 10 working days.

What you need to know


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More information
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Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Hereford Access Centre

The Royal National College for the Blind
Venns Lane
Hereford
HR1 1DT

Tel: 01432 376635

Email:
access@rnc.ac.uk


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