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The Open University Access Centre

The Open University (OU) Access Centre is a service available to all UK HE students, not just Open University students.

Whether you’re a higher education student or from a local authority acting on behalf of a student, we can help. We’re also on hand to assist with training to use assistive equipment and software.

As a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC), the OU Access Centre can offer information on the latest type of assistive equipment technologies and software, personal assistance and study strategies to support you throughout your study. 

We have centres located across England to assess how a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) could support you. We provide effective support from point of assessment through to training provision and on-going support during study. Our experienced assessors have considerable knowledge and training in order to make informed decisions and recommendations about the range of assistive technologies which may support you. 

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is government funding that students can apply for to help with costs towards study. Further information including details of how to apply can be found at support for disabled students. If you're an Open University student, information can be found by visiting the Help Centre via your Student Homepage.