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At a glance…

DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs incurred as a direct result of a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty. They are paid on top of anything you get through the standard student finance package, are not means-tested, and do not need to be repaid.

The Cambridge ACCESS Centre (CAC) offers DSA needs assessments throughout the East Anglia region. The centre primary undertakes assessments for the University of Cambridge, University of Essex and University of Suffolk, although ALL eligible students can receive assessments at ANY of our centres regardless of place of study. The exact support you receive will be determined through a ‘needs assessment’. Our assessor simply makes recommendations to your funding body and they then approve the support.

With excellent accessible facilities, the latest assistive technology and a team of trained experienced assessors, our centres are ideally equipped for providing assessments for students who have applied for help in meeting the extra costs of study arising from a disability.

Firstly, you will need a formal written diagnosis of your Specific Learning Difficulty. This can be obtained from a medical or health professional. You then apply to the funding body for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). Once determined that you are eligible, you then simply contact us to arrange your assessment.

Our fees are paid for by your funding body. You will not be personally charged for your assessment.

Our assessment centres are very welcoming and offer everything you’d expect, including:

  • Assessments available within 2-3 days*
  • Comfortable modern environment
  • Excellent accessible facilities, the latest assistive technology
  • A team of friendly trained and experienced assessors

We undertake assessments at the following locations:

  • Cambridge University*
  • University of Essex – Colchester and Southend
  • University of Suffolk – Ipswich

DSA can help pay for:

  • Equipment – such as a computer, hardware and software
  • Travel costs as a result of your disability
  • Books and stationery, such as books in Braille or large print
  • Non-medical help, such as a note-taker to assist you during lectures

We’ll find the right solutions to help you reach your true potential on your course.

“The assessment was carried out in a very sensitive and professional way. The process was very quick, easy to set up. Very pleased.”
“Everything about my experience with Cambridge Access Centre has been exceptional. High technical know-how combined with friendly and genuine customer service. What more could you ask for?”
“I was expecting to have to wait for an appointment but they were able to offer me one within a few days which was great. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The assessor who carried out my assessment was great; he took time to talk to me about what I was looking for and what would be most appropriate for me.”
“I am really pleased with the outcome of my assessment. The assessor was really helpful, polite and friendly. It was nice to learn that there is so much support out there and I wish I’d looked into these years ago. Many thanks.”
“Excellent, friendly member of your assessment team put me immediately at ease and I felt that I was treated in a dignified and respected manner.”