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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.


****Please note that the DSS is very busy with queries and we are unable to return phone calls - please email with your query and please include your student number / CAO number.***


Important Information for new students starting in September 2016

  • Information about CIT DARE offers and places available is at
  • All new students will receive this information about registering with the DSS in the course offer pack: DSS Registration 2016 information (PDF)
  • All students must meet the minimum requirements to be considered for a CAO/DARE offer. Students who do not meet the Maths score requirement may wish to take the CIT Maths exam running on Tuesday 23rd August 2016. Please note if you need exam supports for a reader/scribe etc for this exam you must email with your details by 5pm on Friday 19th August. For more details and the online application please see: prospectivestudents/undergraduate/maths


DSS events for new students

  • The DSS Orientation for new students will take place in CIT, Bishopstown,  on Wednesday 31st August 2016 10am - 2pm. It will provide information about the supports available from the DSS for 2016/17 and how to register with the DSS. This is a student only event.
    ***You must book your place on the orientation by contacting Emily Clifford, DSS Administrator, (021 432 6139) with your name, CAO number, CIT course, mobile, email address, and any dietary requirements. If you have any access requirements such as a sign language interpreter please contact us as soon as possible. Bookings close 3pm Friday 26th August.

  • A Parents/Guardians Information Session is running on Monday 29th August 6.00-7.30pm in CIT, Bishopstown, for parents/guardians of new students. The evening will cover the supports available to students and explain the registration process as well as the confidentiality of the service.
    You must book a place at this event as well - please give your name (and student's name), mobile number, and number of people attending. Bookings close 3pm Friday 26th August.

  • Early Assistive Technology training in Read Write Gold and Mind mapping software is available to new students on Tuesday 23rd August (6 places available), Wednesday 24th August (3 places available) and Thursday 25th August(now  full)  from 10am - 12.30pm in CIT Bishopstown. Spaces are very limited and you must email  with your name, CAO number and mobile number to book a place by Friday 19th August. Students can still access training when they come to CIT.



Student living accommodation

Please note that accommodation is extremely limited in Cork. For information and support around accommodation please contact the CIT Accommodations Office: studentlife/accommodation/ or call 021 433 5750 or email



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

  • Laura O'Rourke
    Disability Support Officer
    T: 021 433 5107 /5137
  • Ruth Murphy
    Disability Projects Co-ordinator
    T: 021 433 5107 /5137
  • Emily Clifford
    DSS administrator 
    T: 021 432 6139
  • Mark Burleigh
    Assistive Technology Officer
    T: 021 433 5125
  • Learning Support Coordinator
    Please email for any queries
  • 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 is located in the Student Centre, on the ground floor next to Bank of Ireland, CIT Bishopstown, Cork.

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.

Students need to register fully with the service before they can access any of the supports listed below. See our registration page and Student Guide for more information.

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 -  To apply for funding, the student must provide relevant documentation as evidence of a disability e.g. educational psychologist report, audiologist 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




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