Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Supporting your application to University...

Our thorough diagnostic assessments, specially tailored for prospective University students, are used if an educational
diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difficulty is required to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). We can diagnose (non-medical) dyslexia, dyspraxia, central auditory processing disorder or in some cases a non-medical diagnosis of ADHD.

DSA may provide additional financial support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties, to help pay for additional resources you may need to be able to complete your degree. A few examples are: assistive technology (text to speech and speech to text), technology to help constructing essays or researching, specialist tutors or extra time for coursework and exams.

The assessment, complemented by information you may provide about your background history, education and employment (where relevant) is used to compile a learning profile of strengths and weaknesses and a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difficulty, if present.

Please see below for frequently asked questions...

How long does the assessment take?

It is really important we take sufficient time to be precise but we also appreciate that assessments can make you feel tired. They usually take 3-5 hours, depending on a number of factors.

What happens in the assessment?
We start with a warm-up activity or conversation around your hobbies. The assessment involves completing a series of short activities involving pictures, reading and writing words and texts and tasks involving speech sounds.

What happens after the assessment?
We will offer you the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on assessment scores straight after the assessment. We will also make ourselves available for a telephone appointment with you following you receiving the report to explain our findings. You can contact us if you have questions about your report at any time.

What ages?
This is suitable for students who are 16 years or older and are wishing to attend University within two years.

Where does it take place?
The choice is yours. An appointment can be made for you to come to the Clarity centre in Roxwell, Chelmsford or we can come to your house or local University. If you choose for us to come to you, a quiet room is needed, with no distractions, containing a full sized table and 2 chairs. We will bring everything else. We will charge a little extra to cover travel if we come to you.

What does the report contain?
We believe in supplying the highest possible quality assessment service and report and take every step to ensure the report contains the most useful information for your personal situation. These assessments are very technical but we try to make the report easy to read, as well as holding the accurate detailed information you require to support your diagnosis.

The report is tailored to your requirements but it is usually divided into the following sections to make it easy to read. They are usually up to 50 pages long;

Summary of findings
Background history
Attainments in English (and maths if required)
Underlying Ability
Cognitive Processing Skills
Additional findings about co-occurring learning difficulties
Practical Recommendations
Technical Appendix (Contains numerical scores, graph and glossary)

View a sample report Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

How long does the report take?
To ensure we have the opportunity to be very thorough and accurate, we like to take up to 3 weeks to process your report. This can be quicker at quieter times of the year. Please contact us if you need your report more quickly.

How much does it cost?
Our fee is £550; all inclusive. We may need to charge a little extra for travel if we come to you but we would discuss this with you during the booking process if applicable.

I am not sure I have a SpLD, can I have a screener first?
At Clarity, we understand that it can be difficult making a decision to have a Diagnostic Assessment. We offer a simple screener to give you an idea of how much at risk you are of having a SpLD. We would ask you some questions and complete a few tests to provide oral feedback instead of a written report. This may help you decide whether or not to have the full Diagnostic Assessment. The cost is £70 and if you decide to have the DSA Diagnostic Assessment, this is taken from the price, making the cost of both a total of £500. If you want to discuss this further, please
contact us.

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