Disability and Learning Supports

Disability Office 

Innopharma Educations disability support service provides support for learners with disabilities and to assist the achievement of educational goals.
Innopharma Education is a member of AHEAD and undertakes to apply the accommodations as described in ‘The Policy, Guidelines and Procedures for the Granting of Reasonable Accommodations in Examinations to Students with Disabilities’ – Disability Advisors Working Network.  

Assistance with admission procedures
Disability support requirements should be identified by applicants at the time of their admission to the programme to ensure Innopharma Education can evaluate any additional supports required in order to make reasonable accommodation. Once registered on a programme the learner can access the disability service or Reasonable Accommodations via Student Affairs.

Where not identified on admission, any disabilities, specific needs or any ongoing issue that may affect performance should be declared to the Student Affairs Office as soon as  practical. The Student Affairs Coordinator is responsible for identifying supports and coordinating with the Facilities Manager, Programme Administration Manager, or Director of Academic Affairs’  office to ensure reasonable adequate supports are in place.  

Assistive Technology Devices
These are tools and devices which assist you to accomplish and/or complete certain tasks. Examples of these include the following: “Read Please (all purpose text-to-speech software that reads out loud any text you can see on screen), Freemind (a mind mapping tool useful for those with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome as well as those who like to visualise their thoughts), Lunar Software Magnification Screen Reader (for library users with visual disabilities)” [CCT college], Visual Magnifier (A screen magnification tool designed for the visually impaired and others who need to magnify part of the screen) [CCT], NaturalReader (text-to-speech desktop software that can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, PDF files and emails).

eBooks and scientific journals are available in the college library. Software's such as Natural Reader and Visual Magnifier can be used to listen to the book or enlarge parts of the text, respectively.

Many people don’t realise this, however there are also various built in accessibility features that exist on your computer, phone or tablet. Please see the links below for further information:

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Supports 

Needs Assessment 
The Needs Assessment is carried out after the student has registered with the Disability Support service. It is completed in collaboration with the student once they have provided the college with appropriate supporting medical documentation. The purpose of the Needs Assessment is to establish the supports/level of support that a student needs based on their disability and the impact of the disability on their academic performance.  

Reasonable Accommodation 
To register for Reasonable Accommodations the Student Affairs Coordinator will record the application and liaise with the Director of Academic Affairs to approve. The Student Affairs Coordinator will then liaise with academic staff to ensure classroom and examinations supports are implemented where appropriate. The Needs Assessment is completed in confidentiality between the student and the Disability Officer.  

In-Class Supports 
Once you have registered with the Disability Support service and provided the appropriate supporting medical documentation, you will complete a needs assessment. The college will use this information in order to provide appropriate support. In terms on In-Class Supports, lecture notes can be provided ahead of lectures and in alternative formats. Students may avail of one or more of the following supports, based on their Needs Assessment: 

  • Organising the provision of note takers
  • Extra tuition
  • Interpreters
  • Scribes
  • Academic Assistant
  • Academic & group support - For students that require support around developing their third level academic skills (referencing, time management, academic writing), extra support can be made available by the college in the form of 1:1 support, extra notes and reading material.
  • Disability Coordinator 

Exam Supports 
Once you have registered with the Disability Support service and provided the appropriate supporting medical documentation, you will complete a needs assessment. The college will use this information in order to provide appropriate support. In terms of Exam Supports, students may avail of one or more of the following supports, based on their Needs Assessment: 

  • Extra examination time
  • Use of a laptop

  • Use of a private room

  • A Reader 
  • A Scribe 

  • Alternate format for exam papers 

  • Spelling Grammer Waiver  

 

 

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