Mind Mapping Software for DSA Students

Ayoa is a Disabled Students Allowance approved piece of assistive software which is inspired by, and includes, the most powerful mind maps for studying. Find out more about applying for DSA funding and how Ayoa provides neurodivergent learners with an inclusively flexible working environment to study better, boost productivity and collaborate in style.



Ayoa helps DSA students to

Take Notes

3 cartoon sticky notes to take notes with

Make knowledge stick by drawing a picture of your learning in the moment with Ayoa’s easy to use, punchy Speed Maps.

Revise for Exams

A cartoon sparkly checklist

Prepare for exams with structure, motivation and colour – all the ingredients in one app to remember every nugget of information!

Organise Effectively

A cartoon whiteboard to help students keep organised

Keep every part of your university life in Ayoa’s customisable whiteboards – your space to stay visually organised.

Decrease Overwhelm

A calm student surrounded by their educational resources

Find clarity by seeing the big picture and the finer details to prioritise the actions which will lead you to study successfully.

Improve Focus

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With one app for everything, limit your distractions, set timely reminders, and focus on priorities with auto-focus in mind maps.

Present Confidently

A presenter confidently sharing ideas via a mind map

Deliver your arguments by following the natural flow of your thoughts with mind map presentation mode!


Are you a needs assessor?
Wondering how Ayoa can help your students?

Interested to find out how the next generation of mind mapping software with AI, whiteboards, task management and real-time collaboration is ready to revolutionise your students’ learning experience? Book in today for a free training session to claim your own licence!

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Built with individual learning in mind

Nobody is the same, and neurodiversity is testament to that. That’s why personal needs assessments to help individuals find bespoke tools for them form the basis of the DSA process.
It’s also why Ayoa hosts bundles of reasonable adjustments:

Colourful, visual and intuitive Ayoa mind maps

Coloruful and visual mind maps

Renowned for supporting the processing of information

Flexible communication offerings in Ayoa such as video calls and instant messaging

Flexible communication

Comments, instant messaging, audio notes, and video chat

Customisable organisation in Ayoa via different task board views

Customisable organisation

View collaborative projects in a way which suits individuals best

Different background colour choices within Ayoa


Switch background colours for improved contrast and reading

A box which shows Ayoa's neurodiversity-friendly font

Neurodiversity-friendly font

Open Sans used as default throughout the Ayoa app



How can Ayoa’s DSA software support neurodiversity?

Neurological differences simply mean that 1 in 7 students will learn differently – it does not impact intelligence nor should it hinder anyone’s ability to achieve their potential. That’s why Ayoa is proud to be a DSA approved piece of assistive software supporting numerous students with:



Ayoa gives space for creation whilst also offering support when it comes to focussing and streamlining planning to guarantee outcomes thanks to plenty of features assistive with executive functioning.

ADHD in bubble writing on blue background with lightbulbs and clocks


Built upon the visual and flexible foundation of mind maps, Ayoa provides a colourful digital workspace designed to make consuming information easier for people with dyslexia whilst also giving them the creative freedom to bring their innovative ideas to life.

Dyslexia in bubble writing on a purple background with notepads


As a neuro-inclusive tool, Ayoa gives people with autism the autonomy to streamline their task-management and reduce overwhelm whilst being able to seamlessly work with others for collaboration, accountability or assistance purposes.

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Frequently Asked Questions about DSA

To give you more information about the DSA, whether you are a needs assessor or student, you will find answers to specific questions here:

DSA stands for Disabled Students Allowance and is a term used in the UK in higher education institutions.

The DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) is a grant that’s available to students that have a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty or neurological difference (such as dyslexia or autism). It covers specialist equipment and software that can aid learning (such as Ayoa), as well as non-medical helpers and additional travel requirements.

The DSA is something that doesn’t need to be repaid, and it can be claimed on top of regular student finance. The amount somebody is entitled to will depend on their individual needs, not their household income. Please see the official GOV.UK website for more information, including how to apply for DSA.

If you live in the UK and have a disability or health condition that affects your ability to study, you are eligible for the DSA. This could be a physical disability, a sensory disability, a long-term health condition, or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as ADHD or dyspraxia.

Once your eligibility for the DSA has been confirmed by Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales, you will need to get in touch with an assessment centre to determine what help you need. At this stage, you can express your interest in using Ayoa to aid in your learning, and find out how you can access it or upgrade your free account to use its full features through your DSA.

Find your nearest assessment centre in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland by clicking here.

Ayoa is a versatile piece of assistive technology, meaning that it can help a range of neurodivergent learners, studying various degrees and courses. The best way to discover how Ayoa can help your students is to book in for a one-to-one Ayoa Assistive Software Training session.

Ayoa also creates YouTube videos on its features, justification sheets which can be downloaded, and has a whole page dedicated to supporting needs assessors which can be accessed by clicking here.