WIT Disability Office
The disability office is here to support students with disabilities by offering a range of services, e.g. Assistive Technology Resource Centre, Learning Support etc. Also raise awareness of the rights and needs of persons with disabilities throughout the Institute and the wider community. A Disability Officer/Coordinator is available to meet students pursuing programmes at the Institute. Students are encouraged to meet the Disability Officer/Coordinator as soon as possible to ensure that all necessary arrangements can be put in place.
All third level students generally find strategies for coping with their new environment early in the first academic year. The following suggestions will help:
- Become knowledgeable and comfortable discussing your disability and the way it affects you academically.
- Develop your own support system by confiding in a trusted friend, counsellor, or family member. You will benefit by having someone to help you think through the strategies to support your academic efforts.
- Stating your academic needs at the beginning of the year will make you feel more prepared and organised and will allow the college to accommodate your needs in a timely manner.
- Try to maintain a healthy balance between the academic, social and athletic activities in your schedule.
- Join a club or society. Do not isolate yourself.
AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access & Disability) has a website with very extensive information about going to college, specific supports available and more for student with disabilities. They also work with graduates and employers, and have a programme to promote mainstream access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities. Their website is: www.ahead.ie
Quest for Learning is an excellent website targeted at students, teachers and employers around disability issues. It includes topics on study skills, disability awareness and employability skills.
Click the link below to visit the Quest For Learning website: http://questforlearning.org.
Disability Act 2005
Key Points to Note from the Disability Act 2005
In short, the Disability Act 2005 places a statutory obligation on public service providers to support access to services and facilities for people with disabilities. Under the Act, people with disabilities are entitled to:
- Have their health and educational needs assessed.
- Have individual service statements drawn up, setting out what services they should get.
- Access independent complaints and appeals procedures.
- Access public buildings and public service employment.