What to expect from an online DSA assessment

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AbilityNet is experienced in conducting needs assessments online for customers in the workplace, as well as students who are not eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) - such as international students. So, as the COVID-19 situation has unfolded we were quickly able to offer a video-based DSAs assessment for students, removing the need for unnecessary travel. 

While there is some uncertainty relating to how A-Levels will be scored, and the University application process, there is no need to delay from applying for DSAs.

Many students report that one of the challenges with all the great things they are recommended through the DSAs scheme is getting comfortable using their new processes and software alongside all other priorities. These quiet weeks may be an opportunity to get ahead of the game with this. 

You can book an online DSAs assessment via our website.

A step-by-step guide to online DSAs assessments

  • You will be sent a video link to enable you to connect with your assessor. You may have to download the app to connect and our admin team can help you with that.
  • You will join the call from the comfort of your home.
  • Your assessor will talk through the challenges you have related to study and make recommendations and demonstrate software that can help.
  • You will receive a report that details the discussion and once approved by your funding body you will be good to go!

What students have said about the online assessment process

We've received some really positive feedback from students about the online assessment option:

  • The booking process is really easy and having a remote assessment is very convenient:
    "Everything went really well, and was really smooth, the assessor was understanding and patient."
  • The process of connecting with the assessor is straightforward, and the screenshare demonstrating kit works well:
    "It is more convenient due to being at home, and showing the software was still easy."
  • The experience is relaxed and comfortable:
    "It was generally more comfortable, felt less formal and more like a general conversation."
  • Several students said they would have thought they would prefer face-to-face, but having had an online assessment they would definitely prefer the online option in the future:
    "I didn’t have to take time off work. The kids were off school, but the assessor was unfazed by it, and even advised how I could blur the screen."
  • Several students mentioned they had a preference to online due to conditions such as social anxiety:
    "It was more convenient as I didn’t have to travel."

Any questions? Want to book an assessment?

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