Disability Support Services

We aim to provide IADT students with support, services, equal access to education and active participation for students with disabilities.


  • The Disability Support Service is located in the Carriglea Building, Room C002. As you enter the building, turn right and we are the first room on the right.

How to get in touch

  • We run daily Drop-In sessions from 10am to 11am. You can call in during these times to request an appointment or ask a question.
  • If these times are not suitable for you, you can fill out an appointment request form and drop it into the mailbox. The mailbox is located in the Student Services offices, beside the printer. We will contact you to arrange an appointment.
Disability Support Officer Disability Support Officer
Julie Ardill Conor Connolly
Tel. 01 239 4590 Tel. 01 239 4895
Email: julie.ardill@iadt.ie Email: conor.connolly@iadt.ie

Frequently Asked Questions for Disability Support Services in IADT

  • IADT welcomes applications from all students with a disability. We strive to provide an inclusive education experience for all students.
  • Students are strongly advised to register as early in the academic year as possible, but are welcome to attend at any stage during their time in IADT. Early registration is advised in order to get the most benefit out of the supports on offer. In order to register, the student can make an appointment with a Disability Support Officer (see contact details).
  • They will be offered an appointment to meet with a Disability Support Officer at the next available slot. This is a free and confidential service.
  • The Disability Support Officer will conduct a Needs Assessment, to see what supports or accommodations need to be put in place for the student during their time in IADT. Examples of accommodations include a note-taker, access to assistive technology or exam accommodations. The needs of the student can also be communicated to the relevant academic staff.
  • Students with disabilities can also avail of holistic, one-to-one low intensity academic, social, emotional and daily living skills interventions using a variety of psychological approaches.
  • IADT is currently not part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme. IADT will provide all applicable accommodations and supports for students with a disability.
  • In order to register with the Disability Support Service, students with a disability need to provide the Disability Support Officer with evidence of their disability e.g. Psychiatrist Report, Neurology Report.
  • The Disability Support Officer will make an application to the Higher Education Authority for the Fund for Students with a Disability on behalf of the student. This fund provides financial support for any accommodations that are implemented e.g. note-takers, assistive technology.

Supports are provided for all students in IADT with a disability, such as:

  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Physical Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Significant Ongoing Illnesses
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Speech and Language Communication Difficulties

Students who register with the Disability Support Service and provide evidence of diagnosis are entitled to all relevant and applicable accommodations. Students who may be struggling but do not have a diagnosis of a disability are also very welcome to attend the service to avail of 1:1 tailored skills development sessions from the Disability Support Officer. They will not have access to accommodations such as a note-taker. 

Supports offered by the Disability Support Service at IADT

  • The Disability Support Service is informed by research and grounded in Psychology. We support students by designing individualised and goal-orientated support programmes targeting each area that the student wishes to improve. 

Support sessions can include:

  • Academic: identify learning / working styles, SMART goal setting, time management, memory techniques, mind-mapping, note-taking, academic writing, referencing, exam revision and presentations skills.
  • Wellness:  relaxation strategies, psycho-education in relation to the students’ disability, healthy lifestyles, stress management, mindfulness.
  • Social supports include self- advocacy, building friendships, assertiveness and conversation skills.