Disability Support Service for students with disabilities/learning differences/health conditions
The CIT Disability Support Service (DSS) welcomes any student to register with us if they need some support due to their learning difference, disability or health condition. We can guide and support you to access your courses and we work hard to ensure that the DSS is a place that you can go to in confidence to look for support and help.
Our aim is to encourage the participation and access of students with learning differences, disabilities and health conditions into third level education. Every student with a disability has the right to reasonable and appropriate accommodations determined on an individual basis according to the student’s certified disability/learning difference/health condition. We would encourage students who may need supports while they are at CIT to register with us as early as possible in the academic year, but they can do so any time of the year.
CIT DSS operates a strict confidentiality policy and we cannot disclose any information about the student to parents, lecturers, etc. unless we have the student's consent. Information that students share with us is confidential unless some information you disclose to the DSS may be considered to put us on notice of a serious health and safety risk to you and/or other students/staff, as the college has a legal duty of care to ensure that you and/or other students/staff are safe.
Disability Support Service Staff
PLease note that email is the quickest way of receiving a response from DSS staff as we may be busy meeting students when you call.
- Laura O'Rourke
Disability Support Officer
Tel: 021 433 5107 /5137
- Ruth Murphy
Disability Projects Co-ordinator
Tel: 021 433 5137 /5107
- Mark Burleigh
Assistive Technology Officer
Tel: 021 433 5125
- Fiona Downey
Learning Support Coordinator
Tel: 021 432 6744
- The DSS is part of the Access Service - the main telephone number is 021 433 5138.
- The Disability Support Service (DSS) is located in the Access Service, (beside the Bistro) ground floor Student Centre, CIT, Bishopstown, Cork.
- The Assistive Technology Service (inlcuding Learning Support Coordinator office) are located in the Student Centre, on the ground floor next to Bank of Ireland, CIT Bishopstown, Cork. Access to the AT Service is through your student card.
Supports available for CIT students
We support a wide range of students across all campuses. Please click on the pages to the left for more details of some of the support available.
- Exam accommodations/supports
- Assistive Technology and equipment
- Learning Support
- Access to the Assistive Technology Service computer lab
- Liaise with Academic staff on behalf of or with students (with consent)
- Alternative Media Formats
- Personal assistants
- Sign language interpreters
- Note takers/use of Assistive Technology in lectures
- Speed text/Stereotype operators
- Access to buildings
Fund for Students with Disabilities
There is a fund available to eligible full-time students with disabilities called the Fund for Students with Disabilities which can provide specific academic supports, personal assistants, sign language interpreters etc.
Please see our Student Guide to the DSS for more information on the supports available - www.mycit.ie/access_disability/disability-support-service/dss-handbook. To apply for funding, the student must provide relevant documentation as evidence of a disability e.g. educational psychologist report, audiologist report, consultant report etc. Please note that letters from a GP are not accepted as evidence of a disability. Students attending full time courses in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and the EU are eligible to apply for the fund.
The ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities run by the National Access Office/Higher Education Authority (HEA). The Disability Support Officer makes applications to the Fund on behalf of an eligible student after an assessment of need with the student. Students cannot apply directly to the Fund. The Disability Support Officer is also responsible for the management of the funding approved for eligible students. The HEA assesses all applications and allocates funding to the college directly not the student.
Contact the CIT DSS for more information. Telephone 021 433 5107/ 5137 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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