Information for Parents & Guardians
The DIT Disability Support Services (DSS) acknowledges that in some cases families have had a struggle to have the needs of their child recognised and adequately supported. However, once they have left secondary school, most students are regarded as being in charge of their own support.
This is particularly relevant for students who are over the age of 18 and thus are no longer considered to be minors in the care of their parents/guardians. This means that we cannot respond directly to family or guardians, and can only work with the student.
The DSS are happy to provide general information and guidance, but we are bound by the Data Protection Act and our Code of Practice to maintain confidentiality.
This means that we cannot discuss a student’s progress or supports with any parent or guardian unless we have written permission from that student to do so. Similarly, once a student has commenced study at DIT, we cannot meet with parents or guardians to discuss their progress or supports. Any such requests must come directly, and in writing, from the student concerned and the student must be in attendance at any proposed meeting. Even with the student's permission such communication is at the discretion of the Head of the Disability Service.
For this reason we believe it is extremely important for parents, guardians and students to engage with our staff members prior to the student entering DIT. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the DSS does not communicate directly with families or guardians.