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Access, Disability and Equality

We hope that you will find all the answers to your access and disability-related questions in this section. Please email for further information.

Please note that the following information is available in a variety of formats, so if you require an alternative accessible format, please contact the RCSI Learning, Access and Facilitiation Service.

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Statement of commitment

RCSI is committed to building an inclusive learning environment. RCSI is further committed to the provision of 'reasonable accommodation' as a response to meet individual needs and, as far as possible, to enable full access and participation for all students with a disability.

Definition of disability

The term 'disability is as defined in the Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2011, that is:

  • The total or partial absence of a person's bodily or mental functions, including the absence of a part of a person's body;
  • The presence in the body of organisms causing, or likely to cause, chronic disease or illness;
  • The malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of a person's body;
  • A condition or malfunction which results in the person learning differently from a person without the condition or malfunction; or
  • A condition, disease or illness which affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement, or which results in disturbed behaviour.
(Equal Status Act, 2004, Part 1, 2(1))