Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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


1. How do I apply for funding to support my needs as a student with a disability?

If you make an appointment with the Disability Support Service, a member of staff will do a needs assessment and submit an application for funding to the National Access Office.

2. I’m Deaf / Hard of Hearing what medical verification do I need to register?

You will need to provide an audiogram and a letter from your consultant in order to register.

3. I wasn’t eligible for DARE can I still receive supports?

Yes. Please see the section for services available to you.

4. I don’t have Irish or French, can I still come to UCC?

Yes, but you need to make sure you have processed your language exemptions fully. You need
to process your leaving certificate exemption through the school first, and then process your
University exemption through the NUI - 

5. How do I make an appointment with my Disability Advisor?
You can email Darrelle on, text her on 0879150697 or ring on 0214902985

6. I'm having difficult/falling behind in my course, what should I do?
Contact your Disability Advisor asap


Deaf Fire Alert System

The Buildings and Estates Office in conjunction with the Disability Support Service has launched a Deaf Fire Alert System. This is a unique system, the first for any Irish University, that alerts Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students, staff and visitors to the presence of a fire.

Students and staff can sign up for the alerts by contacting 

Visitors to the campus can opt-in and opt-out for the duration of their stay. To opt-in text UCCALERT to 0866000225. To opt-out text UCCSTOPALERT to 0866000255.

When a fire alarm goes off, you will immediately receive a text saying where the fire is. For example, the fire alarm in the Boole Library today could read [ Fire Indication Zone: Corridor 3c-05 Q+3 Areas BGU, Boole Library].

Accessibility Maps of the UCC Campus

Accessible Parking and WC Locations

RED: Online Academic Skills

RED (Resources for Education) has been especially designed for all UCC students, to help them with their academic skills. It has sections on notetaking, preparing for exams and writing essays. It also has how-to guides, and tips for giving presentations. You can check it out at:


Guidelines, Useful Publications & Forms

A list of the DSS guidelies, publications and forms is available from this link

Disability Support Service

Seirbhís Tacaíochta do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas

South Lodge, UCC, College Road, Cork