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Disability Services

Disability Support Service for students with
disabilities/medical conditions

The aim of the Disability Support Service in CIT is to encourage the participation and access of students with disabilities 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. The Disability Support Service in CIT operates a strict confidentiality policy with all student's records and disclosure of information is only with the student’s consent.

Laura O’Rourke, Disability Support Officer
Telephone: 021 433 5107 (direct) / 021 433 5138 (Access Service)
Location: The Disability Support Service is located in the Access Service,Student Centre, CIT, Bishopstown, Cork.

Supports available for CIT students

Students need to register fully with the service and they can get access to supports such as:

  • Personal assistants
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note takers
  • Speed text/Stereotype operators
  • Photocopying
  • Additional tutorial support
  • Exam accommodations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Alternative Media Formats
  • Open Access Lab
  • Liaise with Academic staff on behalf of or with students (with consent)

Fund for Students with Disabilities

There is a fund available to full-time students with disabilities called the Fund for Students with Disabilities which can provide supports for studying such as equipment and tutorials.  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 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 National Access Office assesses all applications and deems who is eligible for the funding.

The Fund for Students with Disabilities and the Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013.
Contact the Disability Support Officer for more information; Telephone 021 433 5107 or Email