DIT Policy on Photocopying/Printing Allowances for Students with Disabilities


The aim of the DIT Disability Support Service is to ensure that no student is at an educational disadvantage because of their disability; similarly, we do not offer students an unfair advantage over others based on their disability. Students who are eligible for funding from the Fund for Students with Disabilities may be allocated a photocopying/printing allowance. This policy is concerned with these allowances, how they are allocated, their proper use and the procedure for "topping-up" accounts.

Use of Photocopying/Printing Allowance

The printing/photocopying allowance is intended for students to use for a reason related to their disability. These reasons can include photocopying their classmates' notes if their disability prevents them from taking their own notes (e.g. dyslexia), or downloading and printing notes from WebCourses. The allowance is not intended for students to (e.g.) photocopy books or journals from the library. Using this allowance to photocopy books/journals would be giving an unfair advantage to students registered with the service, as other students have to pay for the use of printing/photocopying facilities.

It is important to note that the photocopying/printing allowance is not a financial support; rather it is a support to help accommodate a student's disability.

"Topping-up" Allowances

The DIT Disability Service conducts a review of students' printing/photocopying accounts in the academic year. A photocopy allowance will be provided annually. Students will be advised of the value and when this credit will be available on their student ID cards

The Disability Service does not top-up students on an individual request basis. If a student uses up their printing allowance quickly, the student must wait until the next periodic review, when their account may be topped-up. In the interim, students have to pay for printing/photocopying facilities or may request the use of printing facilities in the Assistive Technology Room in the library at DIT Aungier St subject to availability. Students can contact their respective LSO if they have any specific printing requirements.


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