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Student Services - Students with Disabilities or Special Needs

Welcome to the Disabilities Support Service

Ireland's EU Structural Fund and European Social Fund

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.


You can contact the Disability and Learning Support Officer, Caitriona Kelly at:
Room 30 Aras Bríd
Tel.:353 (0) 71 9195515
Email disability@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or ckelly@stangelas.nuigalway.ie
The disability support office is open:
  • Monday 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
  • Tuesday 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
  • Wednesday 9.30a.m. – 1.00p.m.

At other times please contact: 
Una Roberts 
Student Services 
Room 207 Aras Bríd
Tel.: 353 (0) 71 9195514
Email uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie


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
  • ADD/ADHD
  • 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 whilst studying at St. Angela’s College. If so, you should make an appointment to meet the Disability and Learning Suppport Officer for a needs assessment as soon as you register for your course. We will then tailor our supports to match your needs.
Download St Angela’s College Disability Support Service Student Guide here

Registration
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.
  • Phone 071 9195543 email disability@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call to the Disability Office in Room 30, Aras Bríd.
  • Provide the Disability Support Service with a completed Evidence of Disability form, signed or stamped by your medical specialist or consultant.  Download a blank Evidence of Disability form here. 

Download the list of accepted medical consultants/specialists who can complete and sign the form here
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 Ssickers 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.  Please click here for further information about the fund.
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 2012 (revised 2013) guidelines for granting reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in all official end-of-term college examinations. (Click here to download guidelines). 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.

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