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Documents needed for applying for DSS supports

If you are applying for supports from the CIT Disability Support Service (DSS) you need to provide evidence/diagnosis of your learning difference, health condition or disability.

How do I give my documents to the DSS?

You can scan in documents and e-mail them to dss@cit.ie (total size of attachments no larger than 10MB per email). You can also upload them to your DSS application form or give or post a photocopy of your documents to the Access Service (Student Centre) where the DSS office is based (not originals).

  • 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 applying for supports with the DSS.
  • Funding can be requested from the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) by the DSS 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 on the Fund and other financial supports for students: www.mycit.ie/access_disability/disability-support-service/financial-support
  • EU, Visiting or International students may apply to the CIT DSS for supports. You are advised to contact us in advance of accepting your offer to discuss your support requirements. Please check our Erasmus/International page for more details.
  • Please e-mail dss@cit.ie if you have any query about your documents.

DocumentS required

When submitting your evidence of your learning difference, health condition or disability please make sure that it has been completed by the appropriate medical professional.  A list of the appropriate professionals for each type (e.g. blind/vision impaired or dyslexia) is provided in the table below. You can provide a report from them or ask them to complete the Evidence of Disability form below.

  • The specific documentation listed below is for Cork Institute of Technology to apply to the ‘ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities’ from the Higher Education Authority to provide funding for student supports.
  • If you cannot provide evidence from the professionals listed below you ask a General Practitioner or other health professional (e.g. psychologist) to complete the Evidence of Disability Form 2019/2020 (Word docx).
  • Students with a Specific Learning Difficulty, who do not have a full report from an Educational Psychologist, may present evidence of a history of a specific learning difference or receiving educational supports, e.g. as part of the DARE Educational Impact Statement or State Examinations Commission letter regarding Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate Examinations (RACE).

 

Type of Disability

Type of Documentation

Appropriate Professional

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

 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report



 

Consultant Psychiatrist
OR
Psychologist
OR
Neurologist
OR
Paediatrician

Autistic Spectrum (including Asperger’s Syndrome)


 

 

Evidence of Disability Form 
OR
Existing report


 

 

Consultant Psychiatrist
OR
Psychologist
OR
Neurologist
OR
Paediatrician

► Blind/ Vision Impaired

 

 



 





 

 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report.

N.B. Evidence from high street retailers is not acceptable









 

Ophthalmologist
OR
Ophthalmic Surgeon

Report providing a diagnosis of severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses. The diagnosis must be in relation to Best Corrected Visual Acuity or Field of Vision.
OR
Letter from the National Council for the Blind confirming registration with the council.
OR
If a student has attended a school for the Blind, a letter on headed notepaper signed by the principal which confirms attendance.

► Deaf/ Hard of Hearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence of Disability Form

OR

Existing report

 

N.B. Evidence from high street retailers is not acceptable.

 

 

 

Professionally Qualified Audiologist

AND/OR

ENT Consultant

Providing an audiogram with signature, clearly indicating moderate to profound bilateral hearing loss (i.e. above 40dB).

OR

If a student has attended a school for the Deaf, a letter on headed notepaper signed by the principal which confirms attendance

► Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia/ Dysgraphia


 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report
 

Psychologist

OR

Occupational Therapist
OR
Neurologist

Mental Health Condition

 


 

Evidence of Disability Form completed no more than
5 years before point of Needs Assessment
OR
Existing report which must be no older than 5 years at point of Needs Assessment

Consultant Psychiatrist
OR
Specialist Registrar

 

► Neurological Condition (incl. Epilepsy and Brain Injury)


 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report

 

Neurologist
OR
Other relevant Consultant

 

► Physical disability / mobility


 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report

 

Orthopaedic Consultant
OR
Other relevant consultant appropriate to the disability/condition

Diagnosing a significant physical or mobility difficulty.

► Significant ongoing illness

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence of Disability Form no more than 5 years
before point of Needs Assessment
OR
Existing report which must be no older than 5 years at point of Needs Assessment


 

 

 

 

 

A report diagnosing a significant ongoing illness such as:

Diabetes Type 1:
Endocrinologist
OR
Paediatrician

Cystic Fibrosis (CF):
Consultant Respiratory Physician
OR
Paediatrician

Gastroenterology Conditions:
Gastroenterologist

Other Conditions:
Relevant Consultant/ Specialist in area of condition

► Speech and Language Communication Difficulty

 

Evidence of Disability Form
OR
Existing report

 

Speech and Language Therapist


 

► Specific Learning Difference (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia)

 

 


 

A full Psychological Assessment Report

In the case of older reports additional evidence of relevant attainment scores or a communication from the State Examinations Commission regarding RACE will be required. Such information is available within the DARE Educational Impact Statement completed by schools.


 

Psychologist

OR

An assessor (PATOSS accredited)

diagnosing a Specific Learning Difficulty.