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. The DSS is supported by the the ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities run by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It is an objective of the Third Level Access measure which is co-funded by the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
Contacting the Disability Support Service
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure to include your name, CIT student number or CAO number and date of birth in any emails.
See our Contact details page for more information: www.cit.ie/studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/contact-details
INFOrmation ABOUT REGISTERING WITH THE DSS
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.
Information on how to register with the DSS is available here : www.cit.ie/studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/registering-with-the-disabilit
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.
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. The ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities run by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It is an objective of the Third Level Access measure which is co-funded by the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
The Disability Support Officer makes applications to the Fund on behalf of an eligible student after an assessment of need with the student. For more information please see www.cit.ie/studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/financial-support2 and www.studentfinance.ie