Applying for DSS supports

Students can apply for supports / reasonable accommodations from the Disability Support Service (DSS) at any time but we would strongly advise students who need supports for lectures and exams to contact the DSS as early as possible in the academic year. Please see here for a list of students we support.

  • We encourage students who may need an academic personal assistant, sign language interpreters, access to campus/buildings, or mobility training to e-mail for an early needs assessment in July/August.
  • Our 2020/21 Guide and video gives details of the DSS supports available:
  • If you have any queries please email


step 1 fill out application form

Please click on red button below to apply for DSS supports:


2020/21 Application Form >>


E-mail if you cannot use or complete the online form or want to request this 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.
  • Information for Craft apprentices:
  • 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 apply to the DSS to avail of supports.

Below is a video guiding you through filling out the 2020/21 application form.




Students should scan in documents with evidence/diagnosis of your learning difference, health condition or disability and email them to

If you have already submitted your documents to the CAO / DARE 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 webapge for more details:

All supports will be confirmed in the needs assessment. Please e-mail us if you have any queries:


Step 3 - Needs Assessment

To complete your application for DSS supports / reasonable accommodations you will receive a needs assessment document which confirms these supports. You will have the option of meeting a DSS staff member to discuss this in more detail / the DSS may request a meeting with you.

You can use your needs assessment document to inform your academic lecturers of your reasonable accommodations and/or request supports. You may be referred to DSS supports if the DSS identify you need further support from these areas.


Exam supports – 2020/2021 APPLICATION deadlineS 

You may be entitled to access exam supports, such as extra time, use of a computer to type, use of reading software, or a smaller shared exam room, which are confirmed in your Needs Assessment. With your permission, the DSS will also inform the Examinations staff in your campus of these supports.

There may be other procedures in terms of requesting supports directly from your lecturer for assessments that you will be emailed about.

Please check up to date information on


ON CAMPUS End-of-semester exams DSS application deadlines
You must have applied to the DSS and received a needs assessment by the dates below in order to request exam supports for end-of-semester (final) timetabled exams on campus if these are running. This applies to students in all campuses.

Please note Apprentices have different deadlines and should check here for details:

  • Semester 1 exams:
Friday 13th November 2020
  • Semester 2 exams:
Friday 19th March 2021
  • August (repeat) exams:
Friday 9th July 2021

Students who apply to the DSS after these dates will be accommodated in the next exam session and can still access extra time (if entitled).


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 MTU Cork Exams page.