Disabled Students Allowance
What is an Assessment of Needs?
Once you have applied for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) you will receive a letter asking you to book an Assessment of Needs in order for you to discuss the support required for your study.
Assessments of Need are informal meetings and nothing to be concerned about – they are not medical assessments and there are no tests involved whatsoever. An assessment typically lasts from 1 ½ - 2 hours. You will have a 1-1 discussion with a Needs Assessor about the effects of your disability or SpLD on your studies. Your Needs Assessor will suggest strategies/support/equipment to help overcome the impact of the disability on your study. You may have the opportunity to experiment with different kinds of assistive technology, ranging from ergonomic supports to specialist software.
After the assessment, your Assessor will produce a DSA Needs Assessment Report outlining your needs and recommended strategies. Depending on the nature of your disability, these may include recommendations for equipment, human support, and travel assistance.
A copy of this report will go to you and your funding body at the same time, unless you have asked to see a draft copy first. If you wish, Assessors will send a copy to the Disability Team at Goldsmiths. Once the Disability Team receives this report we will contact you to arrange an appointment where we can discuss your report and start arranging your support.
How to book an appointment for an Assessment of Needs
Goldsmiths now offers Assessment of Needs on Campus. You should contact CLASS assessment centre and ask for yuor assessment to be at Goldsmiths College. This will then be arranged for you. Click here for more information on how to book an assessments. You can also contact the Disability Team who can help you to book an assessment of needs.