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Frequently Asked Questions

Please browse our list of frequently asked questions for information on a number of topics relating to the Disability Service.

 

 

FAQ for Students and Parents

 

 

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What is the definition of a Disability?

According to the World Health Organization, "disability" is an umberella term that covers any impairments, activity limitations, and/or participation restrictions. Therefore, disability is not just a health problem, it is a very complex term that may encpmpass a number of situations. To visit the World Health Organisation website, click on this link.

Disability can be broken down into the following categories:

  1. Intellectual
  2. Physical
  3. Sensory
  4. Neurological
  5. Mental illness

The list above is not exclusive, and many disabilities can be seen across more than one feild due to their impact on one's welbeing.

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I think I have a disability but I'm not sure, what should I do?

There are many options available to you. For general information on disability in Ireland, visit the disability.ie website by clicking on this link. You can also visit the National Disability Authority website by clicking on this link.

Alternatively, you can visit the Trinity College Health Centre to discuss your concerns with a healthcare professional. Visit the Health Centre website by clicking on this link.

You can also e-mail the Disability Service at disab@tcd.ie with questions or concerns.

Students suffering with Mental Health difficulties are encouraged to register with the Disability Service. There are many supports available for students who face difficulty with a range of Mental Health issues. You can email disab@tcd.ie confidentially with any queries or concerns. You should also contact the Trinity Student Counselling Service. Making an appointment is quick and simple. All you need to do is call them on (01) 8961407 or drop into them on the 3rd Floor of 7-9 South Leinster Street. An appointment will be made for you where you will have a quick consultation to see what you require. They are there to speak to you and support you, whatever your situation. The Student Counselling Service is run by staff members and volunteers and includes referral to supportive therapeutic groups, information on self-help supports within the service, online therapy programmes, or scheduled appointments to engage in further counselling, or in some cases referral to external services. For more information, click on this link.

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How do I register with the Disability Service?

You can register with the Disability Service online via your my.tcd.ie account. For more information and a step-by-step guide on how to register with the Disability Service, click on this link.

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Why should I register with the Disability Service?

If you have a disability it is strongly recommended that you register with the Trinity Disability Service. The Disability Service can assist you throughout your college journey with their wide range of supports. These include: learning supports; assitive technology; exam accomodations; academic supports; and indivdiual support via your own Disability Officer. Moreover, the DS provides a safe, welcoming environment and a helping hand for those in need.

For more information about the type of resources and supports on offer, click on this link.

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What happens after I register with the Disability Service?

Once you have registered with the Disability Service and supplied your evidence, you will be assigned to a Disability Officer and they will be in touch via email to arrange a meeting. In this meeting you can discuss your individual needs and explore the various options available to you. For more information on the supports provided by the Disability Service, click on this link.

For information on how to register with the Disability Service and how to obtain and submit your evidence of a disability, click on this link.

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Should I disclose my disability?

If you are having difficulties in college then accessing support is highly encouraged. You are not obliged to disclose your disability, but the option will always be available to you. For more information about disclosure, click on this link.

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Will my Lecturers, College Tutors and Peers know about my disability?

If you are registered with the Disability Service, people may not necessarily know. Therefore, it is up to you to disclose with those people who you feel may benefit from the information. For more information about disclosure, click on this link. Alternatively, you can discuss disclosure in more detail with your Disability Officer. To make an appointment with your Disability Officer, email them directly or contact the Disability Service office. For a list of contact details, click on this link.

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Can Trinity guarantee my privacy?

The Disability Service acts in accordance with the Data Protection Act and therefore all information is confidential and will not be shared without your consent. If you are about to graduate, or if you are transferring to another college and need to have a copy of information from your file, please try to request this before you leave Trinity. The Disability Service can forward information - such as your medical evidence or educational psychologist's report - to another college Disability Service if you request us to do so. Such requests will require you to send us a signed letter or an email that includes the following information:

  • your date of birth
  • student number
  • your current/last address
  • your signature
  • The name of the College you are transferring to (if applicable).

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Who can avail of Trinity's Disability Service and their supports?

If you have evidence of a disability - physical, mental, specific learning difficulty, or otherwise - you are very welcome to register with the Disability Service and access our various supports. If you are unsure of what qualifies as evidence, take a look at our Evidence of a Disability form. You can download it by clicking on this link.

For information on how to register with the service, click on this link.

For information on the supports and services available, click on this link.

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I have Mental Health issues, can I register with the Disability Service?

Yes! Students suffering with Mental Health issues are encouraged to register with the Disability Service. There are many supports available for students who face difficulty with a range of Mental Health issues. You can email disab@tcd.ie confidentially with any queries or concerns. For more information and a step-by-step guide on how to register with the Disability Service, click on this link.

You should also contact the Trinity Student Counselling Service. Making an appointment is quick and simple. All you need to do is call them on (01) 8961407 or drop into them on the 3rd Floor of 7-9 South Leinster Street. An appointment will be made for you where you will have a quick consultation to see what you require. They are there to speak to you and support you, whatever your situation. The Student Counselling Service is run by staff members and volunteers and includes referral to supportive therapeutic groups, information on self-help supports within the service, online therapy programmes, or scheduled appointments to engage in further counselling, or in some cases referral to external services. For more information, click on this link.

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I am Dyslexic, can I register with the Disability Service?

Yes! The Disability Service provides support and reasonable accomodations for dyslexic students and staff. Dyslexia / other specific learning difficulty consultations are available to students whose performance in coursework (assignments), and exams is impacting on their progress and performance in college.

It is important to note that the Disability Service does not conduct tests or assessments for Dyslexia. The consultation with a Disability Officer is designed to provide:

1. Discussion around academic and dyslexic type difficulties
2. Exploration of learning styles
3. Information on options for external dyslexia assessment
4. Introduction and navigation to available assistive technologies and human resources

If your Tutor is concerned that underlying difficulties may be impeding your performance, they should refer you for a consultation with the Disability Service by completing the Tutor Referral Form. Tutors must provide information relating to weaknesses identified in academic performance in coursework and examinations. Please return this form to our office or by email to disab@tcd.ie and we will make an appointment for you to consult with a Disability Officer.

The Disability Service will provide a Dyslexia Consultation including suitable advice on external assessment for students who wish to pursue a full psycho-educational assessment from an educational psychologist, which is required in order to register and avail of supports from the Disability Service.

A list of registered psychologists is also provided by the Psychological Society of Ireland. For more information, click on this link.

For more information about Dyslexia, click on this link.

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What services are available to students with disabilites?

Trinity College Dublin offers various supports and reasonable accomodations to encourage sustainable growth and learning. For more information about the Dsiability Service and the type of supports available, click on this link.

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How can I access supports?

After registering with the Disability Service, a Disability Officer will work closely with you to ensure that you have access to the services that best suit your needs. In so doing, the Disability Service can tailor the supports and accommodations to fit each individual. For more information about the Dsiability Service and the type of supports available, click on this link.

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If I register with the Disability Service, what exam accommodations are available?

As every student with a disability has different needs, exam accommodations are based on the impact of a disability on each individual student. In order to determine individual students needs, the Disability Service carries out a Needs Assessment in order to determine if exam accommodations are required. Exam accommodations can include use of a PC, use of a low distraction venure, use of an individual venue, and use of an exam scribe. For more information about exam accommodations, click on this link.

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What is the DARE programme?

DARE (Disability Access Route to Education), is aimed at school-leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January 2016, who have suffered educationally due to their disability. It is an alternative admission scheme to third level education whereby DARE offers third level places on reduced points to school leavers. Places are offered to applicants whose disability negatively impacted their education, and who can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels, or other EU qualification. For more information, and for all queries relating to DARE, click on this link.

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Where do I find information about DARE Langauge and Mathematics Waivers?

In the first instance, all queries realted to DARE should be addressed to the DARE website. Click on this link to visit the Forms, Guides, and Resources page of the DARE website. The Trinity Disability Service cannot assist with any DARE queries.

All Language and Mathematics waiver queries should be directed to the Academic Registry Office in TCD. You will need to supply details regarding any previous application and evidence of disability. To contact the Academic Registry call (01) 896 1656 / (01) 896 4500, or email academic.registry@tcd.ie . For further information about the Academic registry, click on this link.

For information on Language and Mathematics waivers, click on this link.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions regarding admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to sucessful candidates. The CAO website contains important information on CAO applications, courses available, guides for parents and information for HEAR and DARE applications. For queries relating to CAO applications, click on this link.

The Trinity Disability Service cannot assist with any DARE or CAO queries.

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What is the HEAR programme?

HEAR (Higher Education Access Route), is aimed at school-leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January 2016, whose education has suffered due to their socio-economically disadvantaged background. It is an alternative admission scheme to third level education whereby HEAR offers places on reduced points to school leavers. Places are offered to those applicants who come from socio-economic groups in Irish soceity that are underrpresented in third level, and who can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels, or other EU qualification. For more information, and for all queries relating to HEAR, click on this link.

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Is Trinity Accessible?

Trinity is a highly accessible campus and all student union events aim to be 100% accessible. To check the physical accessibility of specific buildings and to view our accessibility map, click on this link.

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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans - PEEP

The Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is advisable for students with a physical, medical, or sensory disability where mobility is affected in navigating the many buildings of Trinity College. This will be identified in the Needs Assessment process carried out by the Disability Service. In conjunction with the College Safety Officer and the building owners in which the student is studying, a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan will be put in place.

If you have a physical, medical, or sensory disability that affects your mobility or may affect your mobility in an emergency situation, it is advisable to consider putting a personal emergency evacuation plan in place. A personal emergency evacuation procedure leaflet is available to download by clicking on this link.

To clarify any issues or concerns you may have in relation to safe evacuation, please contact a member of the Disability Service staff. An individual Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan will fit into the overall emergency plan for Trinity. For more information, click on this link.

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How can I get involved with the Disability Service?

If you would like to get involved with the Disability Service, you can send us a message on social media. All of our links to social media are found on the DS website homepage by clicking on this link.

Also, check out the Student Ambassador Programme and student blog by clicking on this link.

The Disability Service hosts dozens of events throughout the year and we are always happy to see new faces on our team. Click on this link to view our upcoming events for the academic year 2016-17. We would love to hear from you!

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What is the Student Ambassador Programme?

The Disability Service Student Ambassador Programme is a group of students with disabilities that represent and showcase Trinity College Dublin Disability Service to prospective students. The Ambassadors share their stories and experiences of college life giving them a real picture of what Trinity has to offer. The Ambassadors act as positive role models and information providers at presentations in the community and at Orientation programmes in Trinity. If you would like to become an Ambassador, please contact Claire Gleeson by email at clgleeso@tcd.ie or by phone: 01 8963111. For more information, click on this link.

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Is there a dedicated Orientation for students with disabilities?

The Disability Service will host a Two Day Orientation Programme for new undergraduate students with disabilities on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September 2016 and Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2016 (This programme is run twice to accommodate the large numbers). The two-day orientation is in addition to the half day pre-registration orientation event and is aimed at students who feel they would benefit from a more intensive transition to Trinity and univeristy life. Please be advised that places are limited.

The purpose of this two-day orientation programme is to provide students with useful information about what to expect from Trinity life - both academic and social - as well as providing information about the individual supports available from the Disability Service.  It will also help students to become familiar with the university environment, structures, systems and layout. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the Student Ambassadors who will share their stories about Trinity and about their transition to university.

The Disability Service has sent out information on this Orientation Programme via email, so please keep checking your emails for details.

Two Day Orientation Programme will take place on:

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September 2016 and on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2016.

For Trinity campus maps, click on this link.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Trinity College is unique in that we offer a confidential Occupational Therapy support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties, physical, sensory, or chronic health disabilities. Occupational Therapy runs in collaboration with Trinity Disability Service. All staff members in the Disability Service are qualified occupational therapists and are bound by the Code of Practice of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

The aim of the Occupational Therapy is to enable the student to develop practical skills and strategies to help them in their role as a student both academically and socially. Occupational Therapy is a student-centered support. This means that the sessions are guided by what the student needs and wants to do. Additionally, it is up to the student whether or not they wish to avail of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy is available on a one-to-one basis throughout the students’ college career. For more information, click on this link.

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What kind of accommodation is available for students with disabilities?

If you would like to make an application to be considered for student accommodation on grounds of disability you must complete the online application form before the deadline. To apply online, click on this link. You must also register with the Disability Service to arrange a needs assessment for accommodation. For information on how to register with the Disability Service, click on this link.

A needs assessment for accommodation will take into account the following criteria when prioritising applications for accommodation:

  1. The nature and impact of disability – as stated by the applicant and documented with appropriate evidence. Priority will be given to applicants with the most significant needs based on mobility, balance, stamina and strength.
  2. The nature and impact of the disability on travelling to and from College including transport options and distance to College from home. Priority will be given to applicants with difficulties in accessing public transport and those living furthest from Campus.


Based on the criteria above, the Disability Service team will meet collectively to review all the applications and will make recommendations to the Accommodations Office. For more infomration, click on this link.

In turn, based on the availability of rooms on campus and the priority given to applications, the Accommodations Office will inform applicants of any room offers. In some cases, applicants may be advised that accommodation in Trinity Hall better suits their individual needs. Trinity has limited accommodation on two main sites: the main Trinity campus and Trinity Halls, located in Dartry. A number of rooms on campus and in Trinity Halls are accessible. Although rooms are not fully supervised, they do have 24 hour security staff and residential wardens on site. The accommodation offered encourages independent living. This can be a lively environment so it may not be suitable for students who need a very quiet living space. Campus accommodation is mostly for final year students or graduate students. Trinity Halls is ideal for first and continuing students, but spaces there are also limited. For more information, click on this link.

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What is Assistive Technology and how can I avail of it?

The main function of Assistive Technology (AT) is to provide helpful information and support on how you can get the best use out of technology by adapting it to your study needs. AT is defined as "any use of technology which helps you perform a task more easily". AT is a broad field ranging from the use of very simple technology, such as your mobile phone e-mail, to the very complex, such as use of voice recognition software or technology that reads information from your computer screen for you. For more information on Assistive Technology, including the types of technology on offer and how you can book an appointment, click on this link.

If you wish to make an appointment with our AT officer, Andrew Costello, please email him at atic@tcd.ie .

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What is a Needs Assesment?

Every student with a disability has different needs. A Needs Assessment is carried out during the first meeting with the Disability Officer to best tailor the support to suit the student. Supports are recorded in a Learning Education Needs Summary (LENS). The LENS helps determine the level of support required by the student.For more information about LENS reports, click on this link.

Students may additionally decide that academic staff in their School of study should receive a copy of their LENS - this can include teaching staff, Disability Service personnel, college Tutor - to help them provide necessary support. Students discuss the content of the LENS during the Needs Assessment meeting. Students may, of course, choose not to disclose a disability to college staff, although the Disability Service always advises you to do so. During your Needs Assessment your Disability Officer will explain the different levels of disclosure that are available to you. If you are provided with exam accommodations, the Exams Office and academic teaching staff on your degree programme will be aware of your accommodations. In this case, complete anonymity is not possible. For more information about disclosure, click on this link.

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What are Reasonable Accommodations?

A reasonable accommodation might be any action that helps alleviate a substantial disadvantage. Making a reasonable accommodation might involve changing procedures, modifying the delivery of the course taken, or providing additional services such as exam arrangements, materials in large print, or altering the physical environment. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations and other such supports are determined on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the individual's certified disability/specific learning difficulty. For more information, click on this link.

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What type of funding is available for students with disabilities?

Much of the study-related support for Irish students with a disability is financed through the European Social Fund (ESF) Student with Disability Fund. Trinity receives a per capita allocation based on the number of students who are registered with the Disability Service and are seeking supports. The National Access Office in the Higher Education Authority (HEA), administers applications and decides who is eligible for funding under this scheme. For further information on this fund, click on this link.

You will need to contact the Graduate Studies Office located in the Academic Registry for information relating to fees. For more information, click on this link.

Further Information on financial assistance can be found by clicking on this link.

Disability Allowance is paid by the Irish government. To apply for this allowance, and for more information, click on this link.

Detailed information on Social Welfare entitlements is available from Citizens Information. Citizens Information provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. For information about third level education, click on this link.

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What are "other" Disability Supports?

Along with supports designed for individual student needs, the Disability Service provides a number of other supports. These are as follows:

  • Special Library Loan facility
  • Respite Room
  • Alternative Formatting credit

Special Library Loans facility:

Students registered with the Disability Service may be entitled to Special Borrowing Privileges in the library. Undergraduate and Diploma students with Special Borrowing Privileges are entitled to borrow up to eight books. For more information, click on this link.

"Library Assistants" may be avalaible to help students who find it challenging to search, retrieve, borrow, return and photocopy materials from the Library. You can discuss this type of support with your Disability Officer.

Alternative Formatting: Sometimes students cannot access print materials and need resources in an alternative format (e.g., audio access, large print, Braille).
Trinity acquires or creates materials in these formats for students. For more information, click on this link.

The Assistive Technology Information Centre (ATIC), is also located in the library. For directions and for more information, click on this link.

For more information about Special Library Loans facility, click on this link.

Respite Room:

The Disability Service provides a respite room for the benefit of students registered with the Disability Service who require a respite space. The respite space is a quiet rest area within college where students can take time out during the day to rest and recuperate. The room is provided only to students registered with the Disability Service and will benefit students who experience fatigue, pain or discomfort as a result of their disability. For more information about the Respite Room, click on this link. To avail of this service, please contact the Disability Service at 01- 896 3111 or email disab@tcd.ie to make a booking.

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What supports are available for Deaf students?

Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing may require additional support in order to complete their studies. These can take various forms depending on your individual requirements. To avail of supports, register with the Disability Service and meet with your assigned Disability Officer to discuss the supports availabale to you.

For more information on Deaf Supports, click on this link.

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What is an Educational Support Worker (ESW)?

An Educational Support Worker (ESW), provides individual specific support to students with disabilities to ensure they have equitable access to their learning experience and help them to fulfil their academic potential. The Needs Assessment process will determine what supports are required and students will agree these supports in advance of any intervention. For more information, click on this link.

The Disability Service maintains a register of Educational Support Workers (ESWs). This is a list of people who are available to work a few hours each week when required. Examples of Educational Support Work includes: Sign Language Interpreters, Library Assistants and Educational /Academic Assistants for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students. For more information about working as an ESW, including job descriptions and rates of pay, click on this link.

Please note that it is a Trinity College requirement to be fully Garda Vetted prior to commencing work as an ESW. For more information, click on this link.

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Will I be supported while on Professional Placement?

On all professional courses in Trinity, students are required to complete a series of work placements. On these placements you will be required to work with professionals and carry out duties in a work-place setting associated with your course. These placements provide you with a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and knowledge and make professional links for the future. These kinds of experiences also offer the chance to explore how your disability may impact on you in the workplace, and to develop strategies for managing any difficulties you may encounter. In order to support you in managing placements, the Disability Service offer placement planning meetings to identify any reasonable accommodations you may need while on placement. These meetings also offer an opportunity to explore the disclosure of your disability to relevant persons you will be working with.

For more information on professional placement planning, click on this link.

The Disability Service have also developed a ‘Guide for Students with Disabilities on Professional Placement’. To download the guide, click on this link.

For information relating to disclosure in the workplace, click on this link.

For more information on planning your career, click on this link.

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Will I be supported while on Erasmus?

Students registered with the Disability Service who are applying for the Erasmus programme should contact their Disability Officer to discuss how best to prepare for Erasmus, including disclosure of a disability to your host university and seeking reasonable accommodations while abroad. This is best done as soon as possible after application and no later than the end of the 3rd week of June.  

For further information about the Trinity Erasmus programme and details of how to apply, click on this link.

The Erasmus programme may allocate additional funding to help support students with a disability who wish to take part in an ERASMUS+ exchange, and who might otherwise be prevented from doing so.

Students should email erasmus@tcd.ie for further details and application forms. For more information, click on this link.

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Who can I speak to about my query?

If you would like to get in touch with the Disability Service, please email disab@tcd.ie, or visit our Contact page by clicking on this link.

 

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How can I help students who disclose a disability, or who think they may have a disability?

Students who think they may have a specific learning difficulty:

Dyslexia / specific learning difficulty screenings are available to students whose performance in coursework (assignments), and examinations is impacting on their progress and performance in university. In such cases, students should be advised in writing - preferably via their TCD email account - to complete the steps at the following link: https://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/dyslexia-screening.php. The final step requires Tutors to complete a Referral Form, which should be returned to the Disability Service by email to disab@tcd.ie.

Students who disclose a disability:

Students who disclose a disability to staff and who are seeking guidance and support should be informed in writing - preferably via their TCD email account - that they are advised to register with Disability Service as soon as possible. The nine steps to DS registration are detailed at the following link: https://www.tcd.ie/disability/current/registration.php. You may also complete a Disability Services Referral Form, which the student should bring with them at the point of registration.

Students on professional courses who disclose a disability but are reluctant to register with the Disability Service:

Students on professional courses who disclose a disability but who are not registered with the Disability Service may present a risk if they are not advised of the consequences of choosing not to disclose. This is because students who do not disclose a disability cannot avail of reasonable accommodations and cannot claim that they have being discriminated against (on grounds of disability). After discussion with their Tutor, students should be informed in writing - preferably via their TCD email address - that they are advised to register with the Disability Service as soon as possible. Students should also be directed to the 'Guide for Students with Disabilities on Professional Placement' which encourages all parties involved to work together to ensure that students with disabilities have a good work placement experience. For more information, click on this link.

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Is it necessary to make lecture notes available online?

Although this is at the discretion of the lecturer, the Disability Service encourages Departments/Schools to make copies of lecture notes available online via Blackboard. This is extremely beneficial for all students, not just those with note taking difficulties.

Some students may require notes to be provided to them in advance of lectures and in such cases, this should be done in a discreet manner, e.g., students are not provided with the material in front of their peers. A system that has worked well to date is for a wallet/box for each student to be held in the Department/School office where staff can leave lecture notes. Students can then call into the office to collect such material on a weekly basis. An alternative to this is to email copies of notes to the student in advance of the lecture, which again avoids any need for direct contact with the student during the lecture. For more information about Trinity Inclusive Cirriculum (TIC), click on this link.

Where the request for lecture notes has been made and it is not possible to provide such support, it is imperative that lecturers contact the Disability Service immediately. This will enable the Disability Service to discuss alternative support with the student. This can include provision of a note taker, or use of audio recording equipment.

Please read the guidelines for inclusive teaching, assessment, and supervision as per the Trinity Inclusive Cirriculum. To visit the TIC website, click on this link.

For more information for teaching and professional staff, click on this link.

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Can students with disabilities record lectures?

“Students may not make audio or visual recordings of lectures without the express consent of the individual lecturer. Students with disabilities may be permitted to record lectures if it is deemed a reasonable accommodation by the Disability Service. Students will be advised that all recordings remain the property of College and are for personal use only. See also Data Protection section and Copyright section.” Trinity College Calendar - General Regulations and Information.

 

What is the role of the note taker and should they attend a class if the student is not present?

If a student requires a note taker accompany them to class this Reasonable Accomodation will be detailed in their LENS report. Some students may choose not to sit beside their note taker and as such, the note taker may not be immediately idetifiable. All note takers are encouraged to make themselves known to the lecturer to ensure that embarrassing situations do not arise, such as the note taker being asked a question.

The role of the note taker is to take notes only. They should not participate in class discussions or interact with other students. Note takers should not attend a class if the student is not there. However, in exceptional circumstances, note takers have been arranged to take notes for students who are sick and cannot attend class for reasons related to their disability. Note takers are asked to report to the Disability Service if a student habitually fails to attend their lectures/classes.

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Who is responsibile for arranging accessible venues for students with disabilities?

The Disability Service endeavours to see those students with mobility or physical disabilities prior to the commencement of the new academic year to allow for the arrangement of timetables and accessible venues. If a student requires an accessible venue, this will be detailed in their LENS report.

It is the responsibility of the Department/School, in conjunction with Room Bookings (where appropriate), to ensure that classes with students with mobility difficulties are given priority in booking accessible venues.

Where difficulties arise in making such arrangements, it is essential that the Department/School contact the Disability Service immediately and allow staff to assist in the negotiation process. A room checker is available on the TCD website at the following link: https://www.tcd.ie/disability/physical-access/Building-check/index.php

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How much of an extension should be given to students who have "flexibility with deadlines"?

Sometimes students require flexibility with deadlines due to difficulties created by their specific disability. The rationale for why this is necessary is detailed in the student's LENS report.

There is no specific policy or guideline as to how much time is deemed "reasonable". This will depend on the individual student's circumstances and the lecturer involved. Deadlines are made for a reason, and sometimes it may not be possible to provide students with an extension, e.g. work must be submitted before the next exam board meeting. However, were possible, staff and students should agree a suitable submission date between themselves.

Students are informed by the Disability Service that if they require any extensions they need to contact either their School Academic Liaison Officer or an appropriate member of staff prior to the existing deadline. For a list of Academic Liason Officers for each Department/School, click on this link.

Students are made aware that they are not in receipt of a blanket extension for the academic year and that this is a form of support not to be abused.

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How do I mark the work of students with reading, writing, or spelling difficulties?

In accordance with Trinity's ongoing commitment to provide Reasonable Accommodations to students with disabilities, the following changes have been introduced:

Disclosure of disability stickers: Students with reading, writing, and/or spelling difficulties such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, or students who are deaf or have a significant hearing difficulty, have the option to formally disclose their disability on their exam scripts. A list of students who have requested this accommodation is sent to the Examinations Office each year. The Examinations Office provide invigilators with the stickers and instructions to apply the appropriate sticker to the exam scripts. This sticker is only available in exam situations. A disability sticker is not available for essays and other forms of continuous assessments.

For more information about Exam Accomodation, click on this link.

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What if the recommended support does not suit the course of study?

Disability Officers cannot possibly know everything about every course run in Trinity. However, it is likely that staff within the Department/School will. If the support recommended by the Disability Officer does not suit a particular part of the student's course, please inform the Disability Officer concerned and discuss possible alternatives to ensure that the student is supported appropriately.

To view contact details for the Disability Service, click on this link.

For details of designated Academic Liason Officers for each School/Department, click on this link.

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What is Trinity's policy on supporting students and staff with disabilities?

The Trinity College Equality Policy serves to "promote equality in all aspects of the College’s activity: employment, education and service provision; and to detail how this policy will be implemented."

The policy states that "the College aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality and values diversity – and is committed to maintaining an environment of dignity and respect where all staff and students can develop their full potential. The concept of equality is central to the College’s ethos of academic and service excellence. Trinity College Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the continued development of employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or membership of the Travelling community."

Trinity has adopted a code of practice, which is applicable to all students with disabilities studying in Trinity. This is in accordance with the Disability Act 2005, the Equal Status Acts 2000 (as amended), and the University Act 1997. Students with a disability are encouraged to register with the Disability Service to seek supports where the disability could affect their ability to participate fully in all aspects of the course.

The Student with Disability Code of Practice is intended to provide a model for a high standard of service to students with disabilities. Trinity will take reasonable steps to ensure that it does not place a student with a disability at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled student. To read the complete code, click on this link.

For more information on the Trinity Equality Policy, click on this link.

For more information on Staff supports, please visit the HR website by clicking on this link.

The Disability Service website also has information for staff with disabilities. For more information, click on this link.

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What financial assistance is available for students with disabilities?

There are two main sources of funds for students with disabilities:

  1. Social Welfare Benefits
  2. European Social Fund

1. Social Welfare Benefits include:

  • Disability Allowance
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • Supplementary Benefits

For more information, visit the Social Welfare website at the following link: http://www.welfare.ie 

2. European Social Fund for Student with Disability:

Much of the study related-support for students with a disability is financed through the ESF Student with Disability Fund. The National Access Office, on behalf of the Department of Education, pays these grants. This grant is not means-tested and is available to undergraduates and postgraduates studying in the third-level sector. This fund is for a person with a specific academic support need associated with their disability.

Students can contact their Disability Officer to discuss funding options. For more information on all funding available to students in higher education, click on this link to visit the Student Finance website. This is a user friendly, comprehensive website that will help students and their families navigate through financial support systems.

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Is there a policy relating to Fitness to Practice?

A Fitness to Practice Policy for Trinity was adopted by the Board in May 2009.

To read the full policy, please click on this link.

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Who do I contact in the Disability Service?

To view contact details for the Disability Service, including an outline of Disability Service staff roles and responsibilities, click on this link.

 

 

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Last updated 27 January 2017 andrew.costello@tcd.ie (Email).