Disability and Learning Support Services

We offer a range of services and supports for all students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or long term medical condition. This service is coordinated by the Disability & Learning Support Service.


All students wishing to avail of academic supports while studying in IT Sligo must register with the Disability and Learning Support Service. Students should register with the service as soon as they start their studies.

To find more information on how to register with Disability and Learning Support and to see a list of contacts click here

The Disability and Learning Support team are your main point of contact for any disability related queries throughout your studies. The team is responsible for recommending and coordinating your support or adjustments. Reasonable adjustments enable you to access and participate in learning, assessment, university facilities and services.

Some examples of reasonable adjustments are:

  • Exam or Assessment adjustments (e.g. extra time, use of a PC, etc.)
  • Access to specialist equipment and assistive software (e.g. text to speech to assist with research and proofreading, mind mapping to assist with planning and organising your work, a recording device to assist with note taking, etc.)
  • Access to handouts and notes in advance of taught sessions
  • 1:1 Support (e.g. Mentoring, Study Skills tuition etc.)

If you haven’t done so already we would encourage you to contact our Disability and Learning Support team in order to talk about the support available to you and ensure any adjustments are made in time for your arrival at.

How could this affect me?

The Disability and Learning Support team is responsible for recommending and coordinating your support or accommodations. Accommodations are tailored on an individual basis so your involvement in this process is essential.

If you decide not to contact the team prior to starting your course you are still welcome to contact us at any point throughout your studies.

Services Provided by the Disability and Learning Support Service

While the support available is based on individual needs, they may include some of the following:

  • Educational Needs Assessment
  • Personal Assistants
  • Assistive technology and alternative format service
  • Examination support

It can take time to arrange and implement any support you may require so we would encourage you to contact us in good time prior to your arrival so that we can ensure you have everything in place at the earliest possible opportunity.

What to do next?

Contact the Disability and Learning Support Team

Practical tips

Contact the Disability and Learning support service to start ensuring you are supported in college.

Contact Details:

Dr. Shelley Brady

Disability Officer



Andrea Rynn

Learning Support Tutor


Questions to think about

It might be useful to think about:

  • how you would like to describe your autism and anything you think would be useful to share with your tutors
  • any support you have received in the past, what has worked well and what hasn’t worked for you
  • how you plan to travel to university
  • your experience of teaching sessions, what helps you to gain an understanding of a new topic or task
  • how you have found note taking and researching for assignments
  • how you have found assessments in the past, e.g. exams, essays, presentations, etc.
  • how you feel about group work, placement and practical tasks

Additional information and links

If you decide that you are going to attend a different University we would recommend that you contact the Disability Advice team at your chosen university.