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Re: Contacting Student Finance England...regarding DSA advice...

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"Ian F." <[log in to unmask]>

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Ian F.

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:23:51 +0000

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Hi Paul
Maybe it's worth phoning your (or his) local Access Centre(s) for advice 
on what evidence was approved for applicants with semantic pragmatic 
disorders. There's a list at http://www.nnac.org/students/findcentre.php

Another organisation that might be able ot help is Prospects: 
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1942 or telephone 020 7704 7450

As Semantic Pragmatic Disorder is associated with autistic spectrum 
disorders, it might not be necessary for him to see an EP. If he has a 
well documented diagnostic history then maybe all that with just an 
up-to-date letter from his GP confirming the diagnosis and IDEALLY 
outlining the effects on daily living might be sufficient. He might find 
it useful to have a psychological assessment (with a psychologist 
experienced of working with ASD students) to prepare for HE but it might 
not be totally necessary in order to apply for DSA. However, I could be 
wrong ... others please chip in if you know better.

He is right to get his application in early; this article suggests 
students will have to have submitted all their evidence by end of June 
to guarantee funding by September.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/im-sorry-for-funding-fiasco-says-student-loans-chief-1921416.html

Remember that, contrary to what is suggested in the article, students 
are entitled to have their DSA Needs Assessment well before they start 
their course. Also, contrary to what seems to be starting to be implied, 
I think the stats will show it's not the assessment process that caused 
the severe delays in DSA funding last year.

Ian Francis


On 15/03/2010 15:01, Paul Smyth wrote:
> Hi all
>
> I wonder if you could help me?
>
> I work in an FE college and so don’t have many dealings with SFE but a
> student has asked me question about claiming DSA next year, he has
> Semantic Pragmatic Disorder and wants to know if there are particular
> tests that an EP must do in order for the report to be acceptable for
> DSA. I asked the question on this forum, but unfortunately no one had
> the magic answer, so rather optimistically I sent an email to
> SFE…….three weeks later, not a word from them.
>
> I did call the SFE on 0845 300 5090, the general number, but they
> weren’t able to put me through to someone who might have known the
> answer – so, (I now realise this was suggested so no one would have to
> deal with my query) they suggested I email………..fool I am I did so. Now
> the student is asking me what is happening and of course, I now look
> like I am delaying/inefficient/incompetent.
>
> Can anyone suggest a more direct way of contacting them? Any magic
> telephone numbers?
>
> Kind regards, Paul **
>
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> 	
>
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