Disability Office

Welcome to the Disability Office. LSBM offers support for students who experience a range of disabilities, medical conditions, and Specific Learning Difficulties. We are here to help and to make sure that you can take full advantage of your higher education experience. If you tell us about your disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty as early as possible, we can identify any support that you might need and address it within our resources.

Advice and guidance is available whether you have a physical disability or a health condition, Specific Learning Difficulty or a mental health condition. You could also be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This can help to pay for a support worker or other types of assistance. For more information on the Disabled Students’ Allowance, see below.

The Disability Office is located in Dilke House (Ground Floor). To book an appointment, send an email to disability@lsbm.ac.uk.


What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance?

Disabled Students’ Allowances [DSAs] are grants to help meet the extra costs that students face because of a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty. For example, DSAs can help pay for:

  • Specialist equipment you need for studying like computer software
  • Non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Other costs such as photocopying or printer cartridges

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have:

  • A disability
  • A long-term health condition
  • A mental health condition
  • A Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia


Who is eligible for DSAs?

You can get DSAs if you:

  • are on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course (for example, a degree or HND-level course), or
  • are on an eligible full-time or part-time postgraduate course and
  • have a disability, mental health condition or a Specific Learning Difficulty which affects your ability to study.

Any previous study will not affect your eligibility for DSAs, even if you received financial support.


What will I need to do?

Before you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance, our Disability Officer will require an assessment of needs report and evidence of your impairment or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). Our Disability Office can assist you in finding a suitable assessor if requested.

For disabilities and medical conditions: A report or letter from your GP or consultant will be required.


How do I show I am eligible?

For Specific Learning Difficulties:

  • A report, produced since you were 16, from:
  • A chartered or practitioner psychologist; Or
  • A specialist teacher holding a current Assessment Practicing Certificate.
  • For mental-health conditions:
  • A letter from your GP or other qualified specialist.

There is no deadline for applying for DSAs but the earlier you apply, the greater the chance of having everything you need in place for the start of your course. This process can take around 14 weeks to complete so an early application is recommended.

If you have applied for Student Finance you need to fill in the shortened version of the DSA application form (DSA1- slim form) which you can download from here.

If you are only applying for DSAs and no other form of student finance, simply download the full DSA application form (DSA1- full form) from here.

You can also find out more information at the Student Finance England website.

DSAs are paid on top of the standard student finance package, or on their own. You don’t have to pay DSAs back and they’re not counted as income when working out whether you get benefits or Tax Credits.


London School of Business and Management DSA Service

London School of Business and Management offers support and advice at every stage of your DSA application:

  • Advice on the DSA process and whether you are eligible
  • Help to complete the DSA application form
  • Help tracking your application through your Funding Body


Specific Learning Difference Diagnostic Assessment Fund

The London School of Business and Management has a fund to support students who have to pay for an assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) before they can receive appropriate support for their studies.

Details of the procedures that need to be followed are available from the Disability and Student Welfare Officer, Dr Nadia Michail.  If you would like more information, you are welcome to contact her at  disability@lsbm.ac.uk

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