If you’re eligible for DSA and your funding body has asked you to book an Assessment of Need, you need to find an Assessment Centre near you and book an appointment.
The Cambridge Access Centre have outreach centres on the Colchester and Southend Campuses. If it's more convenient,
you can search for an access centre nearer your home and book an appointment there. Book your appointment as soon as possible.
When you have booked your appointment you will need to provide the following to the Access Centre:
- copy of your evidence
- copy of the letter from your funding body confirming your need for an assessment
They may also ask you to complete a self-assessment document prior to the appointment.
The fee for your Assessment of Need will be deducted from your DSA and your funding body will pay the Access Centre directly.
About the assessment
Students are often anxious about the assessment process, please don’t be! This is not a test or an examination, it is a meeting with a friendly and knowledgeable
assessor who will identify useful study strategies to help you deal effectively with the curriculum in light of your disability.
They will be able to introduce and demonstrate to you, a range of equipment and adaptive computing hardware and software. You will have the opportunity to discuss
any particular difficulties you have accessing your course.
The assessor will write all their recommendations for support in a report which will include quotes from suppliers of specialist equipment. A copy of the report
will be sent to you and your funding body (usually within ten working days) and, with your permission, the University.
Once approved, your funding body should then contact you. How long this takes depends on the time of year and how busy they are. If you don't hear within four
weeks, we recommend you contact them to check on the progress of your application. They will confirm the recommendations they have approved and advise you how to
order equipment and arrange support.
If you have difficulties finding an Access Centre or booking an appointment please contact the Student Services Hub for advice.