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    About the assessment

    The Needs Assessment identifies the specific help you will need for your course.  It also identifies any training you might need for equipment or software.  The cost of this assessment will be met by the DSA.

    The assessor will produce a written report of what was agreed with you and copies will be sent to you and your funding body for their agreement. Your disability adviser will also be sent a copy (with your permission).

    The report is used by funding bodies to work out the support they are willing to fund from the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). If the needs assessment report recommends you need something to help you study, this has to be agreed by your funding body.

    The assessment helps you and your university or college discuss and agree important study strategies so that you can get the most out of your course.

    We aim to produce your report within 10 working days of your assessment; you will have the option of seeing a draft copy if you wish. If that is the case, we aim to submit your report to your funding authority within 1 day of receiving your approval.  However, there may be occasions where this time scale cannot be met.  This would usually be due to the assessor having to obtain further information from your University's disability support service. This will only take place if your consent has been obtained. 

    How do I arrange an assessment?

    The assessment can be arranged well before the start of term, as long as you have a conditional offer or a confirmed place at university or college. However, you should not arrange a needs assessment until  your funding body agree for you to have one. This should be confirmed in writing.

    You can ask your college or university Disability Advisor to help you arrange the assessment. Or, get in touch with the NLRAC and book an assessment yourself.

    How do I prepare for the assessment?

    • Bring any relevant medical information or other documentation, such as a dyslexia report, to your assessment. Even better, send a copy to the NLRAC in advance
    • Bring a few examples of your written work, such as lecture notes or essays.
    • Inform the centre if you require any personal assistance or communication support during the assessment.

    During the assessment session you will have the opportunity to:

    • Consider all the things you need to be able to do when taking the course.

    • Think about how your support needs might affect you on the course.

    • Look at various strategies you could use to do these things as independently as possible. This might involve using technology aids.

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