Supports in College
Disability support services differ within each college. Applying for college through the DARE scheme will link you in with the disability services automatically. Alternatively, call in to the disability service office and make an appointment to discuss your needs.
Here are examples of the kinds of supports available in further education.
Academic support is not specific to students with disabilities. It is a great resource for anyone having difficulty studying and structuring essays. This service can also support with;
Creating a study timetable
How to read academic journals
Using technology to improve your writing style
Exam support will depend on your diagnosis and if you require supports. Nevertheless, it is important to discuss what supports are available to you with the disability service. Supports available include;
The use of a scribe
Having a separate room
Extra time, for example, 10 minutes extra per hour
The use of a computer
Occupational therapy support helps students to manage their time and coursework along with identifying positive social experiences to try. Additionally, it can support students with;
Developing a selfcare routine
Independent living skills
Identifying social opportunities
Assistive technology makes completing tasks easier. These supports can help with a variety of issues such as;
Apps to improve grammar
Tools to help take notes
Speech to text technology
Apps to support productivity levels
There are a number of financial supports in place for students in further education. For example, these supports can support students with buying of books, equipment, and the costs of attending college. However, please note that none of these are specific to students with a disability.
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) offers financial support for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Back to Education Allowance Scheme provides financial assistance to those in receipt of certain social welfare payments who are returning to full time education.
Springboard offers free further education courses for those in and out of employment.