Support for Learners with Additional Needs
The Specialist Support Centre
At our Bridgend campus (E Block) and at our Pencoed Campus (Main Teaching Block), we have a dedicated Specialist Support Team who offer help and support for any learner who has any Additional Needs or Disability. To help you with your studies, you will be offered an initial assessment of your needs, with the appropriate ongoing support, guidance or Assistive Technology where needed.
Assistive Technology available:
- Magnification devices
- Spelling aids
- Specialist input devices
- Communication aids
- Literacy support software
All staff are qualified in their specialist areas to ensure a first class service is on offer to any learner who needs this additional help. The support on offer is to assist learners with Dyslexia, those who are Deaf or having a hearing Impairment or those who have a Visual Impairment or are Blind.
The services, support and expertise on offer are:
- Dyslexia Support
- Deaf Support and British Sign Language Interpreters
- Assistive Technology service
- Classroom Support
- Sight Loss Service
- DSA (Disabled Student Allowance
These services are offered to ensure all learners are able to realise their full learning potential. For further information, please Contact:
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
Assessment Service for Higher Education Learners
The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a Government grant for UK learners enrolled on higher education courses, both full-time and part-time (if studying at least 50% of a full-time course). The DSA pays for extra costs that learners may have whilst studying as a result of their disability or specific learning difficulty.
The allowance can pay for support in the form of equipment and human support, as well as extra travel costs and other course related costs, such as books, photocopying and printing. It is not dependent on the household income.
Who is eligible?
Higher Education Learners with a:
- Specific Learning Difficult e.g. Dyslexia
- Physical Disability
- Mental Health Difficulty
- Sensory Disability e.g. Hard of Hearing, Partially Sighted or Blind
- Long term illness e.g. Diabetes, Epilepsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The DSA Assessment Centre located within the Specialist Support Centre (E-block) at our Bridgend Campus provides assessments for learners who are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). This involves talking to you about your disability and the barriers you experience and then recommending the support strategies and equipment that will allow you to access your education on a level playing field to your peers.
Learners eligible for the DSA are normally requested to attend a Study Strategies Assessment by their Local Authority/Funding Body. The Bridgend Assessment Centre is a registered assessment centre with the Disabled Students’ Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and is a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC).
For more information, please contact the team, T: 01656 302 302 Ext 561 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org