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Last updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 14:06

Disability and Learning Support Service

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 This operation is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

What does the University mean by the term "disability"?

Disability means a condition that substantially affects your ability to carry out day to day activities. If you feel your disability or specific learning difficulty is affecting your ability to study, then the staff at the DCU DLSS may be able to help you.

Who can use our services?

Our services are for all students with a disability including, but not limited to those who:

  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are deaf or hard of hearing
  • have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia
  • have ADHD or Asperger Syndrome
  • have physical/mobility disabilities, such as wheelchair users
  • have speech and language disabilities
  • have mental health difficulties
  • have significant ongoing health issues, such as epilepsy, diabetes, asthma


Should I disclose my disability to DCU?

Yes.  DCU DLSS is there to support you. If you choose to disclose your disability it means you can avail of a range of practical learning and assistive technology support that will assist you in your to complete your programme. Note, if you are applying as a CAO applicant under the DARE scheme, it is a requirement to disclose your disability.  For all other applicants the choice is up to you.

Can DCU guarantee my privacy?

Any information that you provide to the DLSS will remain confidential. It is important to remember however, that the DLSS cannot provide support in isolation. With your permission, information will be disclosed solely for the purpose of arranging the necessary support for you.


What services and support is offered to students with disabilities?

As a registered DCU student with a disability you have access to support.  The DLSS co-ordinates the support services and these are based on your individual needs. View supports here.


How do I access support?

  • Contact DCU DLSS to arrange a registration appointment 
  • Meet with a Disability Officer for approximately half an hour
  • Bring evidence of your disability with you (except if you are a DARE
  • Your learning needs will be discussed in consultation with you 

 What evidence do I need to register?

You must provide relevant evidence to support your diagnosis. The list of consultants evidence acceptable for registration with the DLSS can be accessed here - pleast note that in some cases the time limit on evidence does not apply.

What financial support is available?

Please refer to where you will find comprehensive information on financial support for further and higher education or refer to DCU Finance Office at  for information on fees, grants, scholarships etc.

I need accommodation on campus, how do I apply?  

Campus Residences Ltd manage campus accommodation. Please contact their office directly for information and how to apply at



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