Disability Support Services

The Disability Support Service aims to promote inclusion, advocacy,and active participation in college life. The service provides equal access to education for IADT students with a range of disabilities and mental health conditions.

Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


The Disability Support Service is located in the Carriglea Building, Room C002. As you enter the building through the double doors, turn right and it is the first room on the right.

How to get in touch

  • You can call into the office at any time to request an appointment or ask a question.
  • Alternatively appointments can be made directly by filling out an online appointment form at a time convenient for you (link available shortly)
Disability Officer
Leah de Lacey
Tel. 01 239 4895
Email: leah.delacey@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 Officer (see contact details).
  • This is a free and confidential service.
  • The first step in accessing services is to meet with the Disability Officer and complete a registration form. Thereafter, a Needs Assessment will be conducted 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 avail of holistic, one-to-one low intensity academic, social, emotional and daily living skills interventions using a variety of psychological approaches.
  • IADT is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme.
  • In order to register with the Disability Support Service, students with a disability need to provide the Disability Officer with evidence of their disability e.g. Psychiatrist Report, Neurology Report.
  • The Disability 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 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. The service supports students by designing individualised, goal-orientated programmes that target areas the student wishes to improve upon. 

Support sessions can include:

  • Academic: identify learning / working styles, goal setting, time management,  mind-mapping and presentations skills.
  • Wellness:  relaxation strategies, psycho-education in relation to the student's disability, healthy lifestyles, stress management, mindfulness, self esteem building, independence skills and anger management.
  • Social:       self- advocacy, building friendships, assertiveness, decision making, resolving conflict and communication skills.