Student Experience

Disability Support

CCT College Dublin is keen to ensure that all students experience equality of opportunity in reaching their educational potential and we welcome applications from students with disabilities, learning difficulties or long term illnesses. We offer a wide range of educational supports which can be arranged by registering with the Disabilities Support Service. If you have a physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health issue, chronic medical condition or specific learning difficulty, which you feel may affect your ability to study effectively, our Disability Support Service is here to assist you. Below we have listed the number of ways in which the College supports its students. We endeavour to ensure that all reasonable efforts are made to assist all students.

Exam support
Special arrangements can be made for examinations when students are registered with the Disabilities Support service and have provided supporting medical documentation. Students will be informed of which supports they are entitled to avail of by the Disabilities Support Service following a needs assessment. These arrangements include:

  •   Extra time
  •   Use of a laptop
  •   Use of a private room
  •   A reader
  •   A scribe
  •   Alternate format for exam papers
  •   A spelling /grammar waiver

In Class Support
Lecture notes and PowerPoint slides can be made available to students in advance of classes. They can also be produced in alternative formats. Students’ photocopying accounts can be credited to fund copying classmates’ lecture notes. Where students have given consent, teaching staff will be informed in advance of any special needs of the students in their classes.

Academic and Group Support
Extra help is available for students who feel they need support in developing third level academic skills such as referencing, essay planning, academic writing and research skills. Additional tutorial classes are run on a weekly basis.

One to one Support
Additional One to One support classes can be arranged with lecturers and assistant lecturers on a weekly basis for 3-5 hours. Computer Programming and Maths clinics also take place on a weekly basis as additional support classes.

Assistive Technology
The CCT library contains assistive technology software which includes:

  • Read Please: All purpose text-to-speech software that reads out loud any text you can see on screen.
  • Freemind: A mind mapping tool useful for those with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome as well as those who like to visualise their thoughts.
  • Lunar Software Magnification Screen Reader: For library users with visual disabilities.
  • Visual Magnifier: A screen magnification tool designed for the visually impaired and others who need to magnify part of the screen.

Many books in the library’s collection are also available as eBook. Once downloaded the eBooks can be played as audio books, text can be enlarged and they can be used with screen readers such as JAWS and Read & Write Gold.

Many of the Journal articles that are accessed through the library website can also be downloaded as an HTML or PDF document and played as audio an file.

Each of the CCT lecture rooms is fitted with an Induction loop to assist hearing impaired students.

The CCT building is fully accessible, and complies with latest regulations in this area.

Disability Coordinator

The Disabilities Coordinator can provide information, advice and liaise with other members of staff on your behalf were necessary.