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Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties Support
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The Fund for Students With Disabilities is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded from the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


Staff FAQs


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What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is any support deemed reasonable given the impact of the student’s disability or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) on his/her ability to access third-level education. The word reasonable is used as supports aim to ‘level the playing field’ rather than provide the student with an unfair advantage over other students.

The Needs Assessment process includes an interview with the student (sometimes with his/her parents present) and a review of supporting documentation from qualified professionals, such as Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Consultants, Audiologists, etc. No student is ever approved for reasonable accommodations without first providing relevant documentation.
Examples of a few reasonable accommodations include:

  • A student who is deaf/hard of hearing may use a portable loop system, SpeedText or Sign Language Interpreter as otherwise he/she would be unable to access or participate in the oral content of their programme.
  • A student who is blind/vision impaired or who has a physical disability may require a Personal Assistant.
  • A student with Asperger’s Syndrome may require ongoing support around planning, time management, and navigating the daily challenges of student life.
  • A student with dyslexia may require exam supports such as a reader or a spelling & grammar waiver as otherwise he/she will find it difficult to demonstrate the extent of their understanding and knowledge via written exams.
  • A student with a Neurological Condition may need to record lectures due to difficulties with short-term memory.

How do I know what reasonable accommodations my students qualify for?

After the Needs Assessment, recommendations for supports are made by the needs assessors (Disability Officer and/or Disability Learning Advisors) and disseminated internally via Banner (GOAMEDI) and the student’s ‘Letter of Accommodation. These recommendations are only released after the student has signed a detailed Consent to Release Information form. All support requirements are confidential and should not be discussed with any third parties.

Who should I contact with any concerns or questions I might have?

What kinds of disabilities are there among the student population at L.I.T.?

What is a Specific Learning Difficulty?

What is dyslexia?

What causes dyslexia?

What is Aspergers Syndrome?

What is ADHD?

What is dyspraxia (developmental co-ordination disorder)?




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