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This booklet provides a brief guide for disabled Students and/or Students with Specific Learning Difficulties to the following: The assessment process.

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1 This booklet provides a brief guide for disabled Students and/or Students with Specific Learning Difficulties to the following: The assessment process for the Disabled Students Allowance. Booking your assessment. This information is also on our website Other useful websites are: owned by Broadbent & Co. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disabled_students_allowanceen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disabled_students_allowance with links at the bottom to most funding bodies. at students with dyslexia and is colour coded in pastel shades for easy reading. How to Organise your Assessment of Need (Disabled Students Allowance ) Produced by Student Development and Well Being, Library and Student Services July 2013

2 Once your funding body has established your eligibility for support, you will be asked to have a needs assessment. This will allow your particular needs to be matched with the requirements of your proposed course. It will also give you the opportunity to try various equipment/ software and discuss the different types of non-medical support such as study coach, note-taking and mentoring. The process normally takes about 2 to 3 hours and takes place at an accredited assessment centre. The assessment, though it sounds very formal, is a very informal and relaxed process. Following your assessment you will be sent a draft report. It is important that you check this carefully and a checklist is provided overleaf for your use to help you do this. You should be aware that it may be difficult to amend recommendations once they have been approved by funding bodies, or to makes changes within a short timescale of the report.If you need assistance with checking your report please contact us. If you are satisfied with the report you must contact the assessment centre to give your approval. Likewise if you have any questions, spot any errors or omissions you should refer back to your assessment centre. The Assessment Process and the Assessment report Produced by Student Development and Well Being, Library and Student Services July 2013

3 You should only contact an assessment centre once you have received written confirmation from your funding body. The assessment centre will need a copy of this authorisation and a copy of the disability evidence you submitted to your funding body. A full list of assessment centres is available at or If you are arranging an assessment prior to coming to the university, or at London, please use the above link to find the nearest centre to you. The University of Cumbria works closely with two assessment centres. You do not have to use these assessment centres, but their details are listed below. Lancashire/South Cumbria : For students living/ studying near Lancaster or Ambleside Campus: Lancaster University Assessment Centre Phone: Cumbria: Broadbent & Co. operate a Higher Education Outreach Centre at the Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle. This facility is only available for students enrolled on courses at the University based at the Carlisle group of campuses. phone: Broadbent & Co. also have a main centre in East Manchester as well as other outreach centres in Liverpool and Bolton. Assessment Centre Contact Details Produced by Student Development and Well Being, Library and Student Services July 2013

4 Have warranties for equipment been included ? Do they cover the full duration of your course ? Yes/No Do you have more than one disability ? Are they all clearly referenced ? Yes/No Have you been recommended ? a desk or furniture ?Is assembly included ? Yes/No a device that accesses the internet ? Does this include a firewall, anti-virus software and connection costs ? Yes/No assistive software technology? Has sufficient training been included? Yes/No non-medical support ?Is this clearly referenced as hours per academic year ? For each academic year of your course ? Yes/No Once you have received and approved a copy of your final report, this will be sent to your funding body by the assessment centre. Your funding body will write to you and confirm approval of the recommendations. Once this has happened please contact us and book an appointment at LiSS to discuss how to implement all your support recommendations. Produced by Student Development and Well Being, Library and Student Services July 2013 Assessment Checklist


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