Disabled Student Allowance
If you’re applying to do a higher education course at university, at the same time, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). To do this you will need a letter from your GP stating when you were diagnosed and crucially also how your diagnosis will impact your life at university.
Once awarded with your Disabled Students Allowance, arrange an appointment with a DSA Assessor near you. They will be able to work with you to plan what support will make the biggest difference to you, be it extra support, equipment or help with travel.
Brain in Hand is approved by Student Finance England to be purchased using your Disabled Students Allowance and so please ask your DSA assessor to request it. We have resources to help DSA assessors here.
After you have received your Needs Assessment Report and your DSA2 letter, in which Student Finance England approves your equipment, please complete our registration form to help us book you onto the Brain in Hand system.
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Many local authorities know about us and will provide funding for Brain in Hand students with an EHCP. The best starting point is to talk to your Special Needs Co-ordinator and ask them to help you to get Brain in Hand included in the EHCP. If they want to know more about us they can call us on 01392 247909.
Access to Work
If you are disabled, have a mental health condition or have a long-term health condition that impacts your ability to work, you may be eligible for the discretionary Access to Work grant scheme.
Run by Jobcentre Plus, Access to Work supports people aged 16 or over in a range of work situations. If you are in paid employment, self-employed, an apprentice, trainee, supported intern, doing self-directed work experience, or on a Jobcentre plus promoted work trial, you may be eligible for the discretionary Access to Work grant scheme.
The grant will allow you to purchase specialist equipment such as Brain in Hand to help you at work. You will need to speak to your employer to make sure they have made reasonable adjustments, then detail the challenges you face at work and how the Brain in Hand system can help.
To apply, complete this form An assessor will then be in touch to talk through your needs. We have lots of resources to help workplace assessors with Brain in Hand applications. These can be found here.
If approved, you or your employer can then purchase what is agreed and Access to Work will pay the money back, up to the amount of the grant you’ve been offered and with any contributions deducted, such as employer or NHS contributions.
Ask your support provider
More than thirty Local Authorities, Charities, Schools and Universities buy Brain in Hand for the people they support.
Why don’t you ask your provider if they can supply Brain in Hand as part of the support they offer you?
If they aren’t aware of Brain in Hand, please ask them to get in touch, as we can talk them through our system. They may not be aware that most organisations see cost savings and recover the cost of Brain in Hand within a year.
Ask them to call 01392 247909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Independent Living Fund (Scotland only)
The purpose of this new fund is to help young people, aged 16 to 21, living with disabilities, with the transition after leaving school or children’s services.
It provides money, for up to one year, for activities or support that will increase a young person’s independence. It can fund a device or piece of technology such as Brain in Hand, to help overcome problems that limit independence.
Applications are looked at on a case by case basis. Applicants need to have lived in Scotland for more than 6 months, have less than £26,250 in savings and have little or no social work support. Disabilities include people with autism, a learning difficulty, or mental health condition such as anxiety or depression.
All the information including the application form for the Independent Living Fund can be found here
The National Autistic Society Transition Support Service can support autistic young people, their parents and carer’s with their applications.