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What happens during the needs assessment?

Learn what to expect during your needs assessment.

What happens during the needs assessment?

Learn what to expect during your needs assessment.

You do not need to bring anything to the assessment. We will provide the needs assessor with copies of your supporting documentation and medical evidence or Educational Psychologist report, prior to the appointment.

When you discuss your needs with the needs assessor, it is important that you give as much information as you can, so they can make the most well informed decision about what support is appropriate for you.  While you may wish to bring a parent or guardian to your needs assessment, it is very important that you are able to explain your needs to the assessor directly.

If you need any additional support to attend or communicate during the needs assessment, such as a BSL interpreter, it is important that you notify us of this when we first contact you so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

During the assessment, the needs assessor will ask you:

  • How your disability may impact on your experience of studying?
  • What are your previous experiences of study?
  • What areas do you feel you may have difficulties with?

The needs assessor will use the information provided by you and your medical evidence to evaluate different types of support. They will discuss your needs with you and advise on three main areas of support which may enable to fully access your studies:

You will be involved with any recommendation the needs assessor makes about your support. The needs assessor will demonstrate assistive technology equipment and software and discuss the various support provider roles that may assist you. You will then be asked to consider what support will benefit you and what you would be most comfortable with.

At the end of the assessment, the needs assessor will agree with you what they will recommend. It is important to note that the recommendations will be subject to funding approval by your funding body.

Find out what happens after a needs assessment.