Students fail to see benefit of AT training

23 July 2019

Disabled students are still reluctant to take up AT training they have been offered as they do not fully understand the benefits.

In 2015 to 2016, the latest year for which figures are available, some 273,955 hours of training were recommended, but only 60,511 were taken up, representing 22%.

Overall, the number of disabled students receiving DSAs increased by 3,300 In 2018-2019, according to figures gathered from assessment centres by the Student Loans Company (SLC).

Students with mental health impairments showed the greatest increase in numbers with over 1,800 passing through assessment centres.

However, the number of students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD fell by 422, although students in this category still accounted for over 41% of all applications for DSA.