DMU getting personal with disabled students

By Simon Sansome

DMU University is to provide a more personal service by opening a dedicated assessment centre to disabled students.


The Centre for Accessibility Needs or (DMU-CAN) has been set up to assist the changes with the Disability Student Grant (DSA).


DSA is a Government grant to help pay for the extra costs incurred as a higher education student due to a disability.


These include specific learning differences (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia), hearing or visual impairment, mental health difficulty, mobility impairment, autistic spectrum disorders or a long-term medical condition such as ME, Crohn’s disease or epilepsy.


Centre Manager Ursula Bilson said: “This is a more personal service, as the assessment is in house, people can visit and see where the assessment takes place.


“We have three full time assessors on campus and students can visit the centre to ask questions or call us.”


DMU–CAN will have a stall on Monday at the main entrance of the Hugh Aston Building.


You can also learn about mind mapping at the Greenhouse and enter competitions with a chance of winning Amazon vouchers or a food hamper.


Ursula added: “DMU-CAN is part of our university’s commitment to providing an inclusive learning environment for all our students and enhances our proud reputation for enabling disabled students to succeed. It identifies how we can support our students with issues that are not DSA funded”.


Monday’s stalls will be part of the university commitment to mental health and will be part of the University’s Mental Health day.


DMU-CAN can be contacted at or call 0116 257 7354.



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