How to register with the DSS

Registration with the Disability Support Service (DSS) is a separate process to registering as a student with NUI Galway. 

Students with evidence of 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.  You can register with the DSS at any stage during your studies;  however, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible after starting your course or receiving a diagnosis.  

Registration with the DSS allows you to avail of reasonable accommodations during your studies. Please follow these three steps to register with the Disability Support Service.

1. What you need to register

To register with the DSS you must provide verification of your disability, which can either be an Evidence of Disability Form  ‌or a Medical Report confirming a diagnosis 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 were deemed eligible for the DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) scheme, you do not need to resubmit your evidence of disability to our office. We can access your documentation from the CAO.



Age of report

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Consultant Psychiatrist OR Psychologist OR Neurologist OR Paediatrician

No age limit


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


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 age limit

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:


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