The Disability Service is committed to helping students with disabilities achieve their academic goals. If you are a student with a physical, sensory or learning disability, medical or mental health condition that impacts your learning, we can support you.
We aim to promote awareness within the college community and provide information on the rights and values of students with disabilities, including cultural, physical and psychological barriers which are encountered by these individuals. The service aims to mainstream services and facilities in all service areas, so that students with disabilities are treated in the same way as all other students in terms of service delivery, wherever it is possible to do so.
Our service is staffed by experienced professional workers with knowledge and expertise in access and equity issues. We work closely with academic staff, tutors, administrators and other support services. There is a wide range of supports available to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The level of support required will differ between students, and students with similar disabilities, as each student brings with them their own experience.
DIT Support Services
There are a wide range of supports available to all students with disabilities. Examples include the following:
- Sign Language Interpreting
- Specialist Tuition
- Academic/Personal Assistant
- Photocopying Allowances
- Specialist Equipment
- Transport Allowances
- Unilink Scheme
In addition, if there are difficulties with the content and format of the course during the academic year, or other issues which may affect academic performance, your Learning Support Officer (LSO) can liaise between you and the relevant academic staff.
Our Learning Support Officers provide a wide range of academic supports for students in a one to one or group setting. Learning Support Officers ensure that appropriate examination accommodations (in accordance with DAWN Examination Policy) are granted to students.
Learning Support includes:
- Note-taking skills
- Reading Strategies
- Reading for Meaning
- Spelling & Grammar Instruction and Skills
- Essay Support
- Research Skills
- Analysing the Question
- Revision & Memory Skills
- Exam Techniques
- Referral for Subject Specific Grinds
- Assistive Technology Service
The Assistive Technology Officers assess the technology requirements of students and provide training in the use of this equipment. Assistive Technology training rooms are situated in the libraries in DIT Aungier Street and DIT Bolton Street and both have specialist ‘text to speech’ software that all students registered with the Disability Service can avail of during library hours.
What funding is available?
Support for students with a disability is financed through the National Access Office of Equity of Access to Higher Education (National Access Office) on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills. Students have to have appropriate supporting documentation in order to qualify for this funding.
How do I Register with the Disability Service?
Important: Indicating that you have a disability on your CAO Application and/or during your online registration with DIT is not sufficient to get you the support you need. You will have to contact the Disability Service and register separately with us.
There are a number of steps you need to take:
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (01) 402 7681.
- We will arrange an appointment for you to meet with your assigned Learning Support Officer who will carry out a “Needs Assessment” with you.
- You should bring any and all relevant supporting documentation/proof of disability with you to this appointment.
- Your Needs Assessment will be completed by the Learning Support Officer (LSO) and subsequently the Assistive Technology Officer (ATO), who you will meet with separately. The Needs Assessment takes into account the situations you may have encountered during your studies. This, coupled with your supporting documentation is sent to the National Access Office who makes the decision in relation to your funding allocation.
I think I may have a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia). What should I do?
If you are a student in Dublin Institute of Technology and think you may have a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia), you are welcome to contact us and put your name down on the waiting list to be screened. The fixed dates for Dyslexia Screening are available on our website. This assessment will take two to three hours and will include a discussion of your current difficulties. The Learning Support Officer will go through four tests with you which can give a preliminary indication if you have dyslexic tendencies.
The Learning Support Officer will discuss the conclusions with you in a feedback session and if it is highly probable that you have dyslexic tendencies, you will need to have a full assessment by an educational psychologist for a formal diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difficulty. The Learning Support Officer can give you contact details so that you can arrange your assessment with a qualified Educational Psychologist.
What is the Unilink Scheme?
Unilink is a private, confidential, practical occupational therapy support service established in Trinity College, Dublin and provided within DIT 2 days per week. Unilink is available to students who are registered with the Disability Support Service who may be experiencing difficulties associated with any of the following:
- Mental Health Difficulties
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and/or
- Physical and Sensory difficulties
Unilink is staffed by qualified and experienced Occupational Mac Léinn Therapists. Occupational therapy is a client centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being by enabling people to participate in the activities of everyday
life or “occupations.” You can find out more from your Learning Support Officer.
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Disability Service Staff
Mr Bob O'Mhurcu - Head of Service
Disability Liaison Office
Tel: +353 1 402 7658
|Ms. Olive O'Connor, Project and Development Officer
Disability Liaison Office
Tel: +353 1 402 7656
|Karen Flanagan, Assistant Operations Manager
Disability Liaison Office,
Tel: +353 1 402 7681
|Ms. Geraldine McCorkell, Learning Support Officer - Grangegorman & Cathal Brugha St.
Monday & Tuesday:
Wednesday & Thursday:
Tel: +353 87 738 4881
Hours of Operation:
|Ms. Helen Carroll, Learning Support Officer - Bolton St.
Tel: +353 86 353 0993
Hours of Operation:
Jennifer McConnell, Learning Support Officer - Aungier Street
Tel: +353 1 402 3167
Ms. Sylvia Mooney, Learning Support Officer - Kevin St., Rathmines and BIMM
Tel: +353 87 316 1000
Click here to make an online appointment
Hours of Operation:
|Mr. Trevor Boland, Assistive Technology Officer - North Side
Tuesday - Friday:
Map: Click here
Tel: +353 87 738 0182
Click here to make an appointment
For more information click here
|Mr. Stephen Long, Assistive Technology Officer - South Side
Room 1-061, Library,
Tel: +353 87 218 1159