Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Learning Access and Facilitation Service (LAFS)

RCSI is committed to building an inclusive learning environment.

The Learning Access and Facilitation Service (LAFS) provides confidential advice and practical support to students who seek assistance with learning access and facilitation due to their disability, on-going significant medical condition or learning difficulty. In all cases, the services provided are intended to remove a substantial disadvantage or impairment to learning due to a disability, a significant medical condition or learning difficulty.

If you have an evidenced disability, or significant medical condition or learning difficulty, or just need more information, please talk to us. We’ll assess your needs and may be able to assist you in achieving your academic and professional goals. We understand some students may feel nervous about disclosing their personal circumstances. However, disclosure of your disability, significant medical condition or learning difficulty is confidential, professional and makes sense in terms of getting the support you need to be successful.

Reach your full potential

Our function is to facilitate RCSI students with a registered disability, on-going medical condition or learning difficulty to engage and participate fully in RCSI professional programmes while not undermining the integrity of the associated core academic, clinical and professional competencies. We do this through the provision of direct assistance and/or reasonable accommodations, where this is both feasible and reasonable. We seek to provide you with the opportunity to reach your full academic potential and to demonstrate your professional competence.


The LAFS is committed to providing and promoting a supportive, accessible, non-discriminatory learning environment for you. We are striving to develop a learning community where there is full and equal inclusion and participation of students with disabilities, on-going medical conditions and learning difficulties. We wish to create opportunities for success by promoting curriculum accessibility, flexibility and assisting you to develop effective strategies for self-managing your needs in the demanding healthcare training environment.

Service objectives

  • Conducting personalised learning impact needs assessments (LINA).
  • Advocating for the provision of reasonable accommodations and support services.
  • Encouraging independence and self-advocacy
  • Providing information and referral to appropriate resources, including assistive technology
  • Referral to specialist supports and services.

We help to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment by:

  • Building and maintaining partnerships with faculty and staff instrumental to enabling the inclusion and facilitation of student needs.
  • Advocating for the dignity of the person.
  • Promoting disability awareness among all members of the College community.
  • Providing guidance regarding College policies and procedures to ensure compliance with statutory obligations in relation to disability.