This is a brief post I decided to write after seeing a tweet asking how Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) helped myself and other students whilst at University.
Studying at University was always a goal I had from being very young. I also knew that there would be tasks I would require some additional help and support with.
- Note tasking
- General Study Skills
- Processing \ remembering information
Having access to DSA allowed me access to the following support and resources:
- Note takers
- Study skills tutor
- Help me with research
- Structuring assignments
- Laptop computer including software applications such as Microsoft Office and others software to support me with my studies.
- Digital recorder / Dictaphone to record my lecturers
In addition to equipment and resources listed above I was also given additional time, rest breaks and the use of a computer during my exams. All of this made the course I was studying easier and removed a lot of the difficulties I might have experienced had I not had access to the DSA.
As a result of having access to DSA I didn’t just complete but I also graduated with 2:1 Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation I then went to gain a Master of Science degree, both in Computing.
If it wasn’t for DSA and the equipment and support it provided for me I don’t think I would have achieved a 2:1 and therefore have been able to study my Masters.
That is how DSA helped me and how I hope it has helped many others who needed it.