Disabled Students' Allowances

The BDA have responded to the BIS Draft Guidance on Disabled Students’ Allowance and continue to engage with them to ensure changes to the DSA system do not remove vital support for students with specific learning difficulties. In particular the BDA has raised concerns about:

  • The current lengthy and bureaucratic process for accessing support through the DSA
  • The level of HEI monitoring with regard to meeting the needs of disabled students;
  • The need to base reasonable adjustments on best practice and students’ needs
  • The need for effective support to be personalised to students individual needs and study environment
  • The removal of funding for technologies such as digital recorders and scanners, which are often an essential to ensuring independent learning and a self-sufficient strategy;
  • The removal of books allowances and reduction in other areas of support that will impact students with print-based disabilities disproportionately. 
  • Restricting access to non-medical help and support.


For more information about the DSA please follow this link the Government pages or our own information about supporting students in higher education.