Going to University at any stage of your life can be one of the most exciting times of your entire life. It can also be one of the most daunting times. If you have a disability or health condition, this can add extra stress and extra worry. Questions like “how do I manage my workload if I have a flare-up?” and “what do I do if have a hospital appointment when I have a lecture?” may be on your mind. So many what if’s. This is completely understandable. Anyone with ill health or disability need to plan around their condition. This is where the Disability Support Service (DSS) comes in.
It is so important that if you have a diagnosed disability or ongoing health problems that you register with the Disability Support Services. You can register at any point during your academic course in college as long as you have a letter from your consultant. It will start with an assessment which is just a conversation about how your health affects you personally. They can provide in-class support such as recording lectures, requesting captions, a personal assistant or an interpreter. They provide exam support such as a scribe or a reader. They also have different services such as Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology services. You will then be given a LENS report which details to the relevant people what supports you need. It is also important to note that any supports given are based on your needs assessment, this may need to be reviewed from time to time as your condition progresses.
The DSS is always there to help. This could mean having a query in how to explain your situation to a lecturer or if you are struggling with your workload. Sometimes they hold workshops on different aspects of health such as how to deal with fatigue. They are always there to help and are completely confidential. They deal with everything from ongoing health conditions, sudden onset health conditions, sensory difficulties, neurological, and both mental and physical conditions.
It is a support that is there for students that want it. All you have to do is register online at www.nuigalway.ie/disability and for more information, you contact me or the Disability Support Service directly. We are always here and more than happy to help.