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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 2018/19 Registration form link

 

Please click on tab below to register with the DSS 2018/2019 

 

Online DSS Registration >>

 

Please e-mail dss@cit.ie if you cannot use or complete the online form or want to request this form in an alternative format.

  • 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: 

  • Autism Spectrum /Asperger’s
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Blind/Vision impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of hearing
  • Development Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia/dysgraphia)
  • Mental health conditions, e.g. depression, bipolar, anxiety
  • Neurological conditions, e.g. epilepsy, brain injury
  • Significant ongoing illnesses, e.g. diabetes type 1, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue
  • Physical disability, e.g. arthritis, cerebral palsy
  • Specific learning differences (including dyslexia and dyscalculia)
  • Speech and language communication difficulty

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.

SOLAS Apprentices should read the information about registering on their webpage here:  studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/apprentices

 

Early needs assessment

We encourage students who may need an academic personal assistant, sign language interpreters, access to campus/buildings, or mobility training to e-mail dss@cit.ie 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 (see link below), 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

 

Please click on tab below to register with the DSS 2018/2019 

 

Online DSS Registration >>

 

You can also request the registration form e-mail in an alternative format by e-mailing dss@cit.ie


Step 2 Documents

Students should scan in documents and email them to dss@cit.ie. 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, CIT Bishopstown Campus) 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 and/or a history of receiving supports - see below for more details. Please see this webpage for more details on the documents accepted for registering with the DSS: www.cit.ie/studentlife/access_disability/disabilities/documents-for-registering . All supports will be confirmed in the needs assessment. Please email us if you have any queries: dss@cit.ie
  • Funding can be requested from the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) by the Disability Support Officer on behalf of eligible students who have provided evidence of disability documentation that meets the criteria for the Fund - see this webpage for more information: www.mycit.ie/access_disability/disability-support-service/financial-support
     

Step 3 Needs Assessment

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.

Needs assessments for online/distance learning students can be carried out via phone.

Your Needs assessment completes your registration with the Disability Support Service and you will receive a copy of your needs assessment document that you can share with your lecturers. 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.

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Exam supports – registration deadline 

You may be entitled to access exam supports, such as extra time, use of a computer, use of reading software, or a smaller shared exam centre, which are confirmed in your Needs Assessment.

With your permission, the DSS will also inform the Examinations staff in your campus of these supports.


End-of-semester exams DSS registration deadlines
You must be fully registered with the DSS by the dates below in order to request exam supports for end-of-semester (final) timetabled exams. This applies to students in all campuses.

  • Semester 1 exams: Friday 2nd November 2018
  • Semester 2 exams: Friday 15th March 2019
  • August (repeat) exams: Friday 5th July 2019

Students who register with the DSS after these dates will be accommodated in the next exam session.

Students with temporary disabilities such as broken hands should contact the Examinations staff in their campus directly to see what supports are possible.

For more details please see the CIT Exams page.