Sussex Regional Access Centre

What we do

We provide needs assessments and advice for students with: specific learning differences (dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD/HD etc.), sensory loss, mobility differences, unseen disabilities, mental health and autistic spectrum conditions.
We aim to offer an appointment within 15 working days, however, we can usually offer an appointment within 3-5 days. We will always advise students of other assessment centres, if we cannot accommodate requests for particular time-slots.


Needs Assessments
  • A Study Aids and Study Strategies Assessment (or Needs Assessment) helps establish your study support needs in relation to the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).
  • Assessments are carried out by an experienced assessor, using a student-centred approach.
  • The assessment will take the form of a discussion between you and your assessor to help identify the kind of support that best suits your needs at University or College. You will also be shown a range of specialist technology appropriate for your needs.
  • Recommendations for support could include provision of your own specialist equipment, specialist software, human support such as a learning support tutor or mentor, and advice about study strategies.
  • Within ten working days of your assessment, a detailed report will be produced, containing recommendations for your support. A copy of this can be sent to you for approval before being forwarded to your funding authority. With your permission, a copy will also be sent to your University or College support service.

What you need to do

  • You will be asked to provide certain information in advance, such as:
    • correspondence from your funding authority confirming your eligibility for a needs assessment.
    • information about your disability or specific learning difference, such as an Educational Psychologist's report, a doctor's letter, a consultant's report or other information relating to your condition(s).
  • You will also be asked for information about your course, such as the pattern of attendance and assessments, details of field trips or periods of studying abroad etc.
  • We recommend that, if you have not already done so beforehand, you contact the disability or learning support services at your University or College.
  • If you wish to receive a draft copy of your report, please check that it is an accurate account of the discussion with your assessor and reply as soon as possible. If we do not receive a reply from you within five working days, we are required to send the report to your funding body, though not to your University or College support service.

Please attend your appointment on time. If you have any difficulties attending your appointment, please contact SRAC Reception at the earliest opportunity.

If you have any access or support requirements on the day of your assessment, please let us know in advance.


What happens during a DSA Needs Assessment?

Advice and guidance on technology for studying

SRAC offers advice and guidance to students and staff in the selection and use of assistive technologies to support learning, including free apps and software.

Software and technology can be demonstrated and trialled in our friendly Assistive Technology Centre.

We can also provide group training on assistive technologies for staff of HE/FE Institutions by arrangement.

For more information, please contact SRAC on 01273 678497 or click on the box below.