Registering with the Disability Support Service
Student can register with the DSS at any time but we would strongly advise students who need supports for lectures and exams to register with the Disability Support Service (DSS) as early as possible in the academic year.
DSS 2017/18 Registration form link
Please click on this link for the 2017/18 DSS Registration form: https://survey.cit.ie/index.php/967349/lang-en
(Please note there may some issues with the registration form during the first two weeks of April 2018 due to a software upgrade - please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot use or complete the online form)
- You should be a current CIT student - please make sure you have your course information available when filling out the form.
- You must complete all sections and click "Submit" at the end in order for the DSS to receive a completed form. We will not know if you only partially complete the form.
Who can register with the DSS?
Students with the following disabilities/learning differences/health conditions can register with the DSS:
- Asperger's Syndrome/Autism
- Blind/Vision impaired/Sight loss
- Deaf/Hard of hearing/Hearing loss
- Dyspraxia/Development Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
- Mental Health Condition
- Neurological Condition
- Physical Disability
- Significant Ongoing Illness
- Speech and Language difficulty
- Specific Learning difficulty/difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia)
If you have already indicated a learning difference/disability/health condition on your CAO form for this year, the DSS staff will have this information and documentation if provided. However you will still need to register fully with the DSS to avail of supports.
Early needs assessment
We encourage students who may need an academic personal assistant, sign language interpreters, access to campus/buildings, or mobility training to email email@example.com for an early needs assessment meeting in July/August.
Please note that lecture timetables are usually only available a few days before each semester starts are subject to change over the first 2-3 weeks of each semester which means that not all supports can be finalised in advance.
Support for students with short term or temporary disability
For students who experience a short term or temporary disability there are other Students Services available for example: Student Health, Student Counselling and temporary exam accommodations from the Exams Office.
DSS Registration process
In order to register for supports from the DSS students have to fill out an online registration form, provide suitable documents as evidence of your disability/learning difference/health condition, and attend a meeting to fully register with the DSS.
Step 1 - Online Registration form
The 2017/18 registration online form is now available: https://survey.cit.ie/index.php/967349/lang-en
This link will also be sent to new students’ myCIT email in the first week of Semester 1.
You can also request the registration email at any point after this week or the registration form in an alternative format by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2 Documents
Students can scan in documents and email them to email@example.com or you can give a photocopy of your documents with evidence/diagnosis of your learning difference, health condition or disability into the Access Service (8.30am-4.30pm ground floor Student Centre) where the DSS is based. If you have already submitted your documents to the CAO you do not need to bring in another copy unless you have new or updated information.
Please submit as much information as possible including full diagnosis - see below for more details. Please see this webapge for more details on the documents accepted for registering with the DSS: www.cit.ie/studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/documents-for-registering
Students who are not able to provide evidence listed above may avail of a general level of disability support (exam supports, academic support and advice on assistive technology) by providing evidence from a GP/other health professional, or evidence of a history of a specific learning difficulty from their school/college. All supports will be confirmed in the needs assessment. Please email us if you have any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3 Go to a Meeting
To complete your registration with the DSS you must attend a Needs Assessment meeting with one of the DSS staff, this will either be in a small group or one-to-one. This meeting will confirm what supports you are entitled to and will allow us to apply for funding for you from the Fund for Students with Disabilities if you are eligible.
- What is a Needs Assessment meeting?
This is a meeting where you and the DSS make a plan of supports for the year.
- What does No Supports mean?
- Some students may decide when registering that they do not want any supports or just want to let the DSS know about their details in confidence. Students are welcome to use the link at any time to complete their registration and ask for a meeting.
This then completes your registration with the Disability Support Service. You may need to attend a meeting with Assistive Technology and/or Learning Support if the DSS identify you need further support from these areas.
Exam supports – registration deadline
Please note in order for the DSS to confirm with the Exams Office what exam supports a student is entitled to, students must register fully with the DSS (includes going to a meeting) by these dates:
- Semester 1 exams: Friday 27th October 2017
- Semester 2 exams: Friday 16th March 2018
- August (Repeat) exams: Friday 6th July 2018
Once registered DSS Students will have to email the Exams Office email@example.com directly for each exam session to confirm what supports they wish to use for their end-of-semester exams by a certain date. For more details please see the CIT Exams page