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Guide to Learner Supports

If you have a physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health issue, chronic medical condition or specific learning difficulty (for example dyslexia), which you feel may affect your ability to study effectively, our Learner Supports Service is here to assist you. Below we have listed the number of ways DBS support our students. 

Exam support

Special arrangements can be made for examinations when students are registered with the Learner Supports Service and have provided medical documentation. Students will be informed of which supports they are entitled to avail of by the Learner Support Service following a needs assessment. These arrangements can include: 

  • Extra time

  • Use of a laptop

  • Use of a private room

  • A reader

  • A scribe

  • Alternate format for exam papers

  • A spelling /grammar waiver

In Class Support

Lecture notes and PowerPoint slides can be made available to students in advance of classes. They can also be produced in alternative formats. Where students have given consent, teaching staff will be informed in advance of any special needs of the students in their classes.

Academic Support

Extra help is available for students who feel they need support in developing third level academic skills such as essay planning, academic writing and research skills.

Group support

The library runs weekly classes on:

  • Academic writing

  • Referencing

  • Using electronic resources

  • Literature research

Book a place at one of these classes by using the online booking form 

One to one Support

There is a 2 hour drop-in academic support session each week in term time. Students can bring a piece of work in progress such as an essay plan or draft version of a piece of coursework to get feedback on their academic writing. There is no need to make an appointment.

Assistive Technology

The Library in Aungier Street has PCs offering assistive technology software. These include:

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 as well as those who like to visualise their thoughts.

Lunar Software Magnification Screen Reader: For library users with visual disabilities.

Visual Magnifier: A screen magnification tool designed for the visually impaired and others who need to magnify part of the screen.

Many books in the library’s collection are also available as an eBook. Once downloaded the eBooks can be played as audio books, text can be enlarged and they can be used with screen readers such as JAWS and Read & Write Gold.

Many of the Journal articles that are accessed through the library website can also be downloaded as an HTML or PDF document and played as audio files.

Campus visits

If you would like to have a look around Dublin Business School please let us know and we will arrange a tour for you. Please contact our admissions team and we will arrange this for you. 

Learning Supports Coordinator

The Learning Supports Coordinator can provide information, advice and liaise with other members of staff on your behalf were necessary.

Accessibility

Both our Aungier Street and South Great George’s Street locations are fully accessible.  Due to its age our building on Balfe Street currently presents some restrictions to students with disabilities. Until this is improved students with access needs are accommodated, where possible, in accessible areas.