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Disability: Current students

The RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitation Services works with current students who have a disability, or who acquire a disability at any time during their studies. We have worked with a range of students who have presented with some of the conditions below:
  • Specific learning disability, e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyspraxia
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Blind or low vision
  • Mobility impairment
  • Mental illness
In order to receive services from the RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitation Services you will need to provide us with documentation of your disability and register with us.


Registration and confidentiality

At your first meeting, the disability officer will ask you to register with the RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitation Services. It is an RCSI requirement that all students seeking assistance register with the service. Registration involves completing some forms and providing proof of the relevant condition. In the event that you request particular supports, you will also be asked to sign a consent form so that the disability officer may disclose to staff members or others as necessary details of your disability-related need. Information will only be disclosed to the extent necessary to meet your needs. Staff members or others in question will in turn be required to maintain complete confidentiality. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, please contact the disability officer for further clarification. 

Reasonable accommodation

We use the term 'reasonable accommodation' as an umbrella term for any additional disability-related supports that you may need. Our reasonable accommodation policy and procedure are central to helping you get the support you need. Please study these documents carefully. If you have any additional questions, please contact the RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitation Services. The term reasonable accommodation is taken throughout this policy to be that contained in the Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2011.

Reasonable accommodation policy

Reasonable accommodation procedure


RCSI are committed to providing a fair and equitable system of assessment and examination that will enable students to maximise their potential in terms of demonstrating their learning. In the case of a student with a disability, if you believe you need additional supports it is vital that you make a request for reasonable accommodation as soon as possible. These supports can only be put in place if you have registered with the service.

All students are required to to apply for alternative examination arrangements at least six weeks prior to the date set for their first assessment or examination.



While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in these web pages, the College will accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. The College reserves the right to amend services and regulations as appropriate.The information contained in these web pages is correct at the time of publication. However, RCSI and the RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitation Services can not accept any legal responsibility for its accuracy. (January 2014).