Registration with the Disability Support Service (DSS) is a separate process to registering as a student with NUI Galway.  All students with a disabilitylong-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the DSS.  You only need to register with the DSS once and this remains in place for the duration of your course.  Ideally you should complete your NUI Galway registration prior to registering with the Disabilty Support Service.  You can register with the DSS at any stage during your studies;  however, it is recommended that you register at the beginning of first year if possible.

Registration allows you to avail of any supports and accommodations that you need. Please follow these three steps to register with the Disability Support Service.

**EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS **  Given that our published deadline for requesting exam accommodations for Semester 1 has now passed, we cannot guarantee that exam accommodations can be put in place in time for Semester 1 exams.  However, if you complete our online registration form AND submit your evidence of disability, we can attempt to facilitate generic exam accommodations for your upcoming exams (i.e. alternative exam venue with extra time), but it is important to be aware that you need to also book in with us for a full needs assessment to ensure future supports can be put in place.  Please note that due to current demand on the service, we are offering appointments for needs assessments from mid-November onwards.

1. What you need to register

To register with the DSS you must provide verification of your disability, which can either be anEvidence of Disability Form ‌ ‌or a Medical Report with the same level of detail from the appropriate consultant. Please see the table below for information on the type of report required and the age limit of the report.  If you made a complete application to the DARE scheme, you do not need to resubmit your evidence of disability to our office. We can access your documentation from the CAO.

Disability

Report

Age of report

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Consultant Psychiatrist OR Psychologist OR Neurologist OR Paediatrician

No age limit

ADD/ADHD

Consultant Psychiatrist OR Psychologist OR Neurologist OR Paediatrician

No age limit

Blind/Vision impaired

Ophthalmologist/Ophthalmic Surgeon OR Letter from NCBI OR attended school for the Blind

No age limit

Deaf/Hard of hearing

Audiogram OR attended school for the Deaf

No age limit

Neurological Condition

Neurologist OR relevant Consultant

No age limit

Speech and Language Communication Disorder

Speech and Language Therapist

No age limit

Physical/Mobility

Orthopaedic Consultant OR relevant Specialist

No age limit

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia

Educational Psychologists report AND Occupational Therapist OR Neurologist

No age limit

Mental health condition

Consultant Psychiatrist OR Specialist Registrar

No older than 5 years

Significant Ongoing Illness

Relevant Consultant e.g. Diabetes Type 1: Endocrinologist or Paediatrician

No older than 5 years

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia)

Educational Psychologists report

No older than 5 years

If you do not have the documents listed above, please contact the Disability Support Service for advice.

2. Online Registration Form

All students must complete this online registration form to register with the Disability Support Service.  

3. Needs Assessment

After you have completed and submitted the online form,  a member of the DSS team will conduct a needs assessment and offer appropriate supports and accommodations.  These will be set out in a Learning and Educational Needs Summary (LENS) report which will be sent to you and to your College, School or Discipline. Supports and accommodations are approved on the basis of: