Disability Support Service for students with disabilities/learning differences/health conditions
The CIT Disability Support Service (DSS) welcomes any student to register with the DSS if you need some support due to your learning difference, disability or health condition. We can guide and support you to access your courses and we work hard to ensure that the DSS is a place that you can go to in confidence to look for support and help.
Our aim 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/learning difference/health condition. We would encourage students who may need supports while they are at CIT to register with us as early as possible in the academic year, but they can do so any time of the year.
CIT DSS operates a strict confidentiality policy and we cannot disclose any information about the student to parents, lecturers, etc unless we have the student's consent. Information that students share with us is confidential unless some information you disclose to the DSS may be considered to put us on notice of a serious health and safety risk to you and/or other students/staff, as the college has a legal duty of care to ensure that you and/or other students/staff are safe.
Disability Support Service Staff
Please note that email is the quickest way of getting a response from DSS staff as we may be busy meeting students to answer your call.
- Laura O'Rourke
Disability Support Officer
Tel: 021 433 5107 /5137
- Ruth Murphy
Disability Projects Co-ordinator
Tel: 021 433 5137 /5107
- Fiona Downey
Learning Support Coordinator
Tel. 021 432 6744
- Mark Burleigh
Assistive Technology Officer
Tel: 021 433 5125
The DSS is part of the Access Service - the main telephone number is 021 433 5138
- The Disability Support Service is located in the Access Service, ground floor (beside the Bistro) Student Centre, CIT, Bishopstown, Cork.
- The Assistive Technology Service (which is under the DSS) is located in the Student Centre, on the ground floor, next to Bank of Ireland. Access is for DSS students through their CIT student card.
Supports available for CIT Students
We support a wide range of students across all campuses. Students need to register fully with the service before they can access any of the supports listed below. See our registration page and Student Guide for more information.
- Exam accommodations /supports
- Assistive Technology and equipment
- Learning Support
- Access to the Assistive Technology computer lab
- Liaise with Academic staff on behalf of or with students (with consent)
- Alternative Media Formats
- Personal assistants
- Sign language interpreters
- Note takers/use of Assistive Technology in lectures
- Speed text/Stereotype operators
Fund for Students with Disabilities
There is a fund available to eligible full-time students with disabilities called the Fund for Students with Disabilities which can provide specific academic supports, personal assistants, sign language interpreters etc. Please see our Student Guide to the DSS for more information on the supports available: Student Guide. 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 ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities run by the National Access Office/Higher Education Authority (HEA). 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 Higher Education Authority assesses all applications and allocates funding to the college directly not the student.
Contact the Disability Support Service for more information; Telephone 021 433 5107/5137 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org