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Government Schemes for the Hard of Hearing

There are two government schemes that provide funding for equipment to assist those who are hard of hearing at work and in education.

Higher Education (Disability Students’ Allowance : DSA)

  1. Are you planning to go to University or Higher Education?
  2. Are you at University or in Higher Education and struggling to hear and participate in lectures or tutorials?
  3. Is your hearing aid simply not effective for your course and studies?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Disability Student Allowance and Gordon Morris Ltd can help you.

What is Disability Student Allowance?blog-1

Disability Student Allowance is a government scheme open to any student in higher education with a disability such as hearing loss. The support you
can receive is in addition to any student grant or loan, and is not affected by income.

The Disability Student Allowance can cover the cost of any equipment, in addition to your hearing aid. Each University should also have a person in charge of disability issues (Disability Officer) who you can talk to about the support you require.

When you apply for funding, you will be required to have an assessment to ascertain your specific needs. A report of those needs – and the equipment required – is then passed to the appropriate funding body. If successful, you will be notified how to purchase the equipment by the funding body.

Employment (Access to Work : AtW)

  1. Do you find it problematic listening to your colleagues in meetings?
  2. Do you have difficulty hearing your phone at work?
  3. Is your hearing aid simply not enough in the work place?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Access to Work and Gordon Morris Ltd can help you.

accesstowork2What is Access to Work?

Access to Work is a government scheme that offers help to individuals with a disability or health condition that affects their working capabilities. Access to Work advisers can give the employee and their employer, advice and support with extra costs that may arise because of the individuals needs.

Access to Work could pay towards equipment, adapting premises or for a support worker. It can also pay towards the cost of getting to work if the individual is not able to use public transport.

When you apply for funding, you will be required to have an assessment to ascertain your specific needs. A report of those needs – and the equipment required – is then passed to the appropriate funding body. If successful, you will be notified how to purchase the equipment by the funding body.

Further details can be found below:

Education

DSA

Disability Student Allowance

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AtW

Access To Work

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