Who does the DSS support?

Who does the DSS support?

The DSS supports full-time and part-time MTU higher education students with the following learning differences/ health conditions / disabilities (including DARE students) across the Cork campuses:

  • Specific learning differences (including dyslexia and dyscalculia)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Blind/Vision impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of hearing
  • Development Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia/dysgraphia)
  • Mental health difficulties, e.g. depression, bipolar, anxiety
  • Neurological conditions, e.g. epilepsy, brain injury
  • Significant ongoing illnesses, e.g. diabetes type 1, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue
  • Physical disability, e.g. arthritis, cerebral palsy
  • Speech and language communication difficulty

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 for supports with the DSS once you start college.

If you were eligible for DARE or received a DARE place in MTU you also need to apply for DSS supports - this is not automatically granted.


Craft apprentices should read the information about deadlines for requesting supports here.


Early needs assessment

We encourage students who may need an academic personal assistant, sign language interpreters, access to campus/buildings, or mobility training to e-mail dssCork@mtu.iefor an early needs assessment meeting in August/ September.


Please note that lecture timetables are usually only available a few days before each semester starts are subject to change over the first 2-3 weeks of each semester which means that not all supports can be finalised in advance.



DSS Student stories

Please see the Access Service Student Voice publication for DSS student stories.


Support for students with short term or temporary disability

Students who experience a short term or temporary disability are generally supported by other MTU Student Support Services, e.g. Student Medical Centre, Student Counselling, Academic Success Coaching, and temporary exam accommodations from the Examinations Office.