Disability and Learning Support
Services and assistive technology offered by the Disability Support Service are part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
St. Angela’s College values the participation of students who have a disability, illness or specific learning difficulty and promotes a learning environment that will enable all students to become independent learners and highly skilled graduates.
Disability Support Service
The Disability Support Service in St. Angela’s College welcomes students with a variety of disabilities including:
- Asperger’s Syndrome/autism
- Dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia
- Physical disabilities
- Mental health conditions
- Blind/vision impaired
- Deaf/hearing impaired
- Neurological conditions
- Significant ongoing illness
Register as soon as possible with the Disability Support Service
You may require support while studying at St. Angela’s College. If so, you should make an appointment to meet the Disability and Learning Support Officer for a needs assessment as soon as you register for your course. We will then tailor our supports to match your needs.
Disability Support Service Student Guide will be available soon.
To avail of supports from the Disability Support Service you need to register with the service. We recommend you register with the Disability Office as soon as you register for your course in St. Angela’s College.
How to Register
- Make an appointment with the Disability and Learning Support Officer, Vivienne Ryan by email email@example.com , phone 071 9195515 or call in person to the Disability Office, Room 30, Áras Bríd (past College Reception at the end of the corridor)
- Provide the Disability Support Service with a completed Evidence of Disability Form 2021-2022, signed or stamped by your medical specialist or consultant.
Note: If you have applied through DARE, the Disability and Learning Support Officer can access your evidence of disability through the CAO.
Why register with the Disability Support Service?
- When you apply to register with the Disability Support Service, you will meet the Disability and Learning Support Officer and have your educational needs assessed. A needs assessment report will be completed.
- You may be offered appropriate academic supports such as assistive technology.
- You may be awarded individual examination supports such as extra time, SLD sticker and marking guidelines - You may be awarded individual examination supports such as extra time, SLD Stickers and marking guidelines, adapted furniture etc.
- You can make appointments with the Learning Support Tutor for help with study and exam techniques, writing assignments, time management etc.
What supports are available for students with disabilities?
Supports are determined on an individual, case-by-case basis in a needs assessment meeting between the student and the Disability and Learning Support Officer.
Much of the funding for the provision of supports and services to full time students with disabilities is provided by the Fund for Students with Disabilities.
Examples of the kinds of supports that are available include;
- Learning Support: time management, learning styles, academic writing, memory techniques, study and revision techniques.
- Assistive Technology: e.g. digital recorder, specialist software for reading and writing (Texthelp), speech to text software (Dragon Naturally Speaking).
- Exam Accommodations: e.g. extra time, alternative venue, SLD sticker and marking guidelines. St. Angela’s College uses DAWN guidelines for granting reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in all official end-of-term college examinations. Your examination accommodations will remain unchanged for the duration of your course unless you request a review meeting.
If you would like any further information, please contact the Disability Support Service and check out our Disability Support Service Student Handbook 2021-2022
For Home Economics Teacher Education Students, please review our Guidelines for Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities on SP
Learning Support Service
Note: The Learning Support service is available to all students registered with the College, with priority given to students with a disability who have registered with the Disability Office.
What is Learning Support?
Vivienne Ryan, the Learning Support Tutor, is available to help students to develop learning strategies and key academic skills, enabling them to develop the skills necessary to meet the educational demands of their course.
The Learning Support Tutor helps the student to gain a better understanding of how to research, plan and write an assignment, take effective notes in lectures, revise for exams, plan a presentation etc.
You can find further details on our Learning Support Policy 2020
The aim of the service is
- To empower students to become independent learners by increasing their confidence and skills
- To provide students with learning strategies to help them achieve their academic goals
- To work with students in groups and individually to help them develop the skills necessary to meet the academic demands of their course
Phone, email or call in to the office to make an appointment with the Disability and Learning Support Officer
Room 30, Áras Bríd
T: 071 9195515
The Disability Support Office is open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Dudley Practice Area:
Student support service offered within the School of Nursing, Health Science and Disability Studies
The Dudley Practice Area (DPA) is the clinical skills simulation resource centre based in Áras Michael (lower level), it welcomes students who wish to build on their skills, enhance their confidence and focus on key areas at their own pace in a friendly and comfortable setting.
Additional supports are available to all BNSc and postgraduate students, following their skills classes, so they can develop their practical healthcare skills, preparing them for their practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exams), but also for their practice/work placement as Healthcare Professionals.
In 2019, the DPA facilitated almost 2000 student visits outside of their timetabled hours and even throughout the pandemic the DPA continued to safely support students’ practice, while following national guidelines.
Our friendly staff can assist with individual Learning Education Needs Summary (LENS) reports and can offer helpful advice and guidance to those who wish to avail of extra support.
Learn more about the DPA HERE