Disability Services & Support

Welcome to the Disability & Quality Office.

DkIT believes that all students make a valuable contribution to our community – none more so than students with a disability. We extend a warm and supportive welcome to such students and will do everything we can to help you fulfil your potential.

We are committed to the provision of an equitable learning environment for our students and through promotes our inclusive policies we passionately promote an active participation and seamless integration into college life which is aimed at supporting all students to become independent learners and skilful graduates. 

This office should be your first point of contact for any disability-related query.


What services do we provide?

The Disability & Quality Office provides important academic and personal assistance to students with a disability which includes any student with a physical, sensory or learning difficulty or who has a medical or mental health condition that interferes with the learning process.

We are committed to the provision of an equitable learning environment for our students and through promotes our inclusive policies we passionately promote an active participation and seamless integration into college life which is aimed at supporting all students to become independent learners and skilful graduates. 

Additional facilities are available for all registered students with disabilities (including physical/learning/sensory disabilities, significant ongoing illness and mental health difficulties). Each student’s needs are assessed individually, taking into account his/her particular requirements. 

To avail of these facilities, you must be registered with the institute’s Disability Support Service. Supports include note takers, personal assistance, learning support, assistive technology and alternate examination arrangements.


New & Prospective Students:

New and prospective students are encouraged to make contact with the service as early as possible (prior to the commencement of the academic year) in order to discuss in confidence any facilities and supports they may require during their course of study.

You can do this by contacting: 

Ciara O Shea,

Disability and Student Quality Officer

T: +353-0429370237 ext. 2769

E: Ciara.OShea@dkit.ie


How to Apply - The Disability Access Route (DARE)

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2017, who have been educationally impacted as a result of their disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.

Types of Disability considered by DARE:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Blind/Vision Impaired.
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia /Dysgraphia.
  • Mental Health Difficulty.
  • Neurological Conditions (including Epilepsy & Brain Injury)
  • Physical Disability.
  • Significant Ongoing Illness.
  • Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia).
  • Speech and Language Communication Disorder

For more information please see the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) website.


FSD - Fund for Students with Disabilities

FSD - Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) allocates funding to third level colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of disability. The FSD is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Students are advised to register for support with the service before the two annual funding deadlines of early October and late December so that they can access supports through the fund. Students must meet particular criteria in order to qualify for support and students will be informed of these when they register with the service.


Arrange a Meeting with Our Disability Officer

You can schedule an appointment with the Disability & Quality Officer at any time to discuss your needs or questions. To book an appointment, please complete the form below:

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Contact us

  • Ciara O Shea
  • Disability and Student Quality Officer