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Documentation needed for registration with the service

Students can scan in documents and attach to the online DSS registration form, or email them to dss@cit.ie or you can give a photocopy of your documents with evidence/diagnosis of your learning difference, health condition or disability into the Access Service (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 for registering with the DSS. - we do not generally accept GP letters - see below for more details.
  • 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.
  • Please email dss@cit.ie if you have any query about your documentation.

 

Documentation required:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s syndrome)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Appropriately qualified Consultant Psychiatrist,  Psychologist or or Neurologist or Paediatrician who is a member of their respective professional or regulatory body.

FSD eligibility- Where the above person has provided a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s syndrome. 

Age of report: No age limit.

Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Appropriately qualified Consultant Psychiatrist or Psychologist or Neurologist or Paediatrician who is a member of their professional or regulatory body.

FSD eligibility- Where the above person has provided a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.

Age of report: No age limit.

Blind/Vision Impaired

Report including diagnosis from an Ophthalmologist or Ophthalmic Surgeon.

FSD eligibility- One or more of the following:

  • Evidence of disability from an Ophthalmologist/Ophthalmic Surgeon, with signature;
  • Letter from the National Council for the Blind confirming registration with the Council;
  • If a student has attended a school for the Blind, a letter on headed notepaper signed by the principal which confirms attendance at the school.

In the case of an Ophthalmologist/Ophthalmic Surgeon the evidence of disability should provide a diagnosis of severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses, thereby reducing the person's ability to function at certain or all tasks. The diagnosis of a reduction in vision must be in relation to Best Corrected Visual Acuity or Field of Vision.


Age of evidence of disability: No age limit.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Students may apply

under one of the

following categories:

(A) Applicants who

have an Audiogram

(B) Applicants who

attend a School for the

Deaf

(C) Applicants with a

Cochlear Implant

(A) Applicants who have an audiogram: Diagnostic/ Clinical Audiologist registered with the Irish Academy of Audiologists (IAA) or HSE Audiologist

(B) Applicants who attend a School for the Deaf: Principal of School for the Deaf

(C) Applicants with a Cochlear Implant: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant OR Cochlear Implant Programme Co-ordinator

Evidence from high street retailers is not acceptable.

FSD eligibility- One or more of the following:

  • An audiogram from a professionally qualified Audiologist and/or ENT Consultant, with signature, clearly indicating moderate to profound bilateral hearing loss (i.e. above 40dB).
  • If a student has attended a school for the Deaf, a letter on headed notepaper signed by the principal which confirms attendance at the school.

Age of evidence of disability: No age limit.

Mental Health Condition 

(including, but not exclusive to, the following: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Clinical Depressive Conditions, Severe Anxiety, Severe Phobias, OCD, Severe Eating Disorders and Psychosis)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Consultant Psychiatrist or Specialist Registrar who is a member of their respective professional or regulatory body.

FSD eligibility- The report from the above should diagnose a significant mental health condition.

Age of report : The report should be no older than five years from the date of needs assessment.

Neurological Condition 

(including, but not exclusive to, the following: Epilepsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Huntington’s Disease, Brain tumour, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Friedrich’s Ataxia, Head/Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Neurologist or other relevant Consultant.

FSD eligibility- The report from the above should diagnose a significant neurological condition.


Age of report: No age limit.

Speech, Language and Communication Disorder (Neurological Condition)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Speech and Language Therapist. 

FSD eligibility- The report from the above should diagnose a significant neurological condition.


Age of report: No age limit.

Significant Ongoing Illness 

(including, but not exclusive to, the following: Diabetes Type 1, Cystic Fibrosis, Severe Crohn’s Disease, Severe Ulcerative Colitis and IBS, Chronic Fatigue, Cancers)

Report to be provided & signed by:

  • Diabetes Type 1: Endocrinologist or paediatrician
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Consultant respiratory physician or pediatrician
  • Gastroenterology Conditions: Gastroenterologist
  • Others: Relevant Consultant in area of condition, or Consultant Registrar.

FSD eligibility- The report from the above, as appropriate, should diagnose a significant ongoing illness.


Age of report: The report should be no older than five years from the date of needs assessment.

Physical/mobility

Report to be provided & signed by Orthopaedic Consultant or other relevant specialist appropriate to the disability/condition (e.g. Pediatrician or Rheumatologist).

 

FSD eligibility: The report from the above should diagnose a significant physical or mobility difficulty. 


Age of report:  No age limit.

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder DCD (Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia)

Full psycho- educational assessment by appropriately qualified Psychologist

AND

Report by appropriately qualified Occupational Therapist/Neurologist/ Chartered Physiotherapist

 

FSD eligibility requires both of the following: 

  1. A full psycho-educational assessment from an Appropriately qualified Psychologist who is a member of their respective professional or regulatory body diagnosing Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, and
  2. A report by an apropriately qualified Occupational Therapist/Neurologist who is a member of their respective professional or regulatory body diagnosing Developmental Co-ordination Disorder.

All tests used in the assessments must be current, valid, and reliable and age appropriate.  The CAO/DARE Evidence of Disability form is not acceptable evidence of disability for FSD funding.


Age of report: No age limit.

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia)

Full educational psychology assessment report to be provided & signed by:

  • Appropriately qualified Psychologist who is a member of their respective professional or regulatory body; or, an assessor who is accredited by PATOSS.

FSD eligibility - Full psycho-educational assessment from the above diagnosing a Specific Learning Difficulty. All tests used in the assessment must be current, valid, and reliable and age appropriate. 

IMPORTANT: For the purposes of the FSD funding, the CAO Evidence of Disability Form is not acceptable evidence of disability.


Age of report: The report should be no older than five years from the date of needs assessment.

NOTE: If the tests referred to in the report have clearly been conducted using Adult Scales, then the five year time limit will not apply.

 

GP letters

Generally GP letters are not accepted as evidence for regsitering with the DSS unless they are verifying a diagnosis from an appropriate professional for certain medical conditons/disabilities - please download this information and form which will explain this in more detail:

Please note that the GP evidence of disability form is not acceptable for the Fund for Student with Disabilities - if you require support from the DSS which draws on this fund we will require the original documentation as listed in the table above.

Please email dss@cit.ie if you have any query about your documentation.