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
Admissions and Dare
- What is the DARE admissions programme?
- Who do I contact regarding Amissions queries?
- Where do I find information about Trinity Language and Mathematics Waivers?
- What is the HEAR programme?
- Why should I register with the Disability Service?
- I have Mental Health difficulty, can I register with the Disability Service?
- How do I register with the Disability Service?
- What happens after I register with the Disability Service?
- I'm an international student, how do I register for supports?
- What evidence do I need to register with the Disability Service?
Supports and Resources
- Who can avail of Trinity's Disability Service and their supports?
- What services are available to students with disabilities?
- How can I access supports?
- Is Trinity Accessible?
- Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans - PEEP
- Is there a dedicated Orientation for students with disabilities?
- What is Occupational Therapy?
- What kind of accommodation is available for students with disabilities?
- What is Assistive Technology and how can I avail of it?
- What is a Needs Assessment?
- What are Reasonable Accommodations?
- How are my Reasonable Accommodations communicated to my Department/School?
- What supports are available for Deaf students?
- What is an Educational Support Worker (ESW)?
- Will I be supported while on Professional Placement?
- Will I be supported while on Erasmus?
- What is the procedure for the provision of ISL interpretation?
- How do I reserve a locker?
- How do I book the respite room?
- How do I make an appointment to meet with my Disability Officer?
- When does the ‘drop-in’ service run?
- If I register with the Disability Service, what exam accommodations are available?
- What are the deadlines for registering for exam accommodations and what are my options if I've missed the deadline?
- How do I check if my exam accommodations are in place?
- Who do I contact if I have queries about the exam venue I have been assigned?
- Who do I contact to get disability stickers or to make other arrangements for departmental exams?
- How do I register for exam accommodations if I have a temporary injury?
- I want to change my exam accommodations, who do I speak to?
- I missed one of my exams due to a medical emergency/disability-related reason, what should I do?
Disclosure and Confidentiality
- Should I disclose my disability?
- Will my Lecturers, College Tutors and Peers know about my disability?
- Can Trinity guarantee my privacy?
Questions about Disability and the Disability Service
- Does the Disability Service provide Dyslexia consultations?
- I think I have a disability but I'm not sure, what should I do?
- What is the definition of a Disability?
- How can I get involved with the Disability Service?
- What is the Student Ambassador Programme?
- Who can I speak to about my query?
- Where can I find links for ESF and student Welfare entitlements?
- What type of funding is available for students with disabilities?
- European social fund (ESF) Student Disability Fund explained
- Welfare entitlements for People with Disabilities
- How to make a grant application
- Northern Ireland DSA (Disabled Students' Allowances)
According to the World Health Organization, "disability" is an umbrella 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 encompass a number of situations. To visit the World Health Organisation website, for more information on the World Health Organisation click on this link.
Disability can be broken down into the following categories:
- Mental illness
The list above is not exclusive, and many disabilities can be seen across more than one field due to their impact on one's wellbeing.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 Trinity journey with their wide range of supports.
These include: learning supports; Assitive technology; exam accommodations; academic supports; and individual support via your own Disability Officer.
Moreover, the DS provides a safe, welcoming environment and a helping hand for those in need.
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 e-mail to arrange a Needs Assessment 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.
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.
You should contact the Disability Service in Trinity in advance of your acceptance of a place at Trinity with any queries you may have, so that we can assist with your plans and advise you on the type of support available. To help us with your query, please complete this short form: International Student Query and email it to email@example.com. Further information is available at this link.
Students seeking disability supports and reasonable accommodation are required to provide Evidence of Disability. Please be advised to check what evidence of disability applies to you by clicking on this link. For example, if you are registering with a mental health difficulty, depression, or anxiety etc., you need to upload evidence from a Psychiatrist outlining your disability.
If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, you need to upload a copy of your most recent Educational Psychology report clearly stating you have a specific learning difficulty. For all DARE students, please upload the evidence you submitted to the CAO or a copy of your DARE eligibility letter.
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 on disclosure click on this link.
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. Alternatively, you can discuss disclosure in more detail with your Disability Officer. To make an appointment with your Disability Officer, e-mail them directly or contact the Disability Service office. Click this link for a list of contact details.
The University fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy
rights of those who share information with the University. Any personal information which you
volunteer to the University will be treated with the highest standards of security and
confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation.
From 25 May 2018, we shall process your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.
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 by clicking on this link..
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 on student counselling click on this link.
The Disability Service does provide Dyslexia consultations but 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 link here. Tutors must provide information relating to weaknesses identified in academic performance in coursework and examinations. Please return this form to our office or by e-mail to email@example.com 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.
Trinity College Dublin offers various supports and reasonable accommodations to encourage sustainable growth and learning. For more information about the Disability Service and the type of supports available click on this link.
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 Disability Service and the type of supports available click on this link.
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 venue, use of an individual venue, and use of an exam scribe. For more information about exam accommodations click on this link.
What are the deadlines for registering for exam accommodations and what are my options if I've missed the deadline?
Students should make requests as early as possible in the academic year. To ensure the Assessment, Progression, and Graduation Team can set your accommodations for examination purposes, the following deadlines are applied:
- Semester 1 assessments: the last Friday in September (28 September 2018)
- Semester 2 assessments: the last Friday in January (25 January 2019)
- Reassessments: the last Friday in May (31 May 2019)
Students registering with the Disability Service after these deadline dates will be accommodated in subsequent examinations.
Please note after these dates no changes can be made in this academic year. If you have completed registration for your course for this academic year, are registered with the Disability Service requiring additional examination arrangements, and have confirmed your module enrolments with your School or Course Office, your examination timetable details will be included in the my.tcd.ie portal. Any additional issues should be notified to your College Tutor.
Please note the Disability Service will not be able to confirm any examination arrangements as these are communicated to you directly via the my.tcd.ie portal.
Further information at http://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/exams/student-guide/
Your exam accommodations will be confirmed in your LENS report on your my.tcd.ie student portal.
Contact Academic Registry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DS liaises with the Examinations Office in relation to reasonable accommodations in formal semester examinations. However, with respect to in-class assessments or examinations not organised via the Examinations Office, the DS specifically requests in the LENS or by the email sent to the student that Schools and Departments should apply reasonable accommodations for such assessments.
Student responsibilities for departmental assessments/course tests
- Students are required to initiate contact with the School/Department and request reasonable accommodations as per your LENS report, or email received following you needs assessment for particular assessments for School/ Department administered assessment. You are advised to make contact at least two weeks prior to the assessment date to enable adjustments to be implemented.
You should contact:
- The administrator/executive officer or Lecturer for module being assessed. When making contact with the Administrator/Executive Officer or academic to discuss your needs, you should bring a copy of your LENS report, or the Exam accommodation email sent to you by the DS. This enables academics and Administrator/Executive Officer to ensure that exam accommodations are current and that you have a validated basis for requesting in-house accommodations.
- The Administrator/Executive Officer will arrange for the appropriate exam accommodations to be put in place including organising the venue as well as notifying you and the relevant academic staff of the arrangements.
- Disability Stickers can be requested from Academic Registry at email@example.com. Further information is available at this link.
If a student requires alternative assessment or examination arrangements due to sudden illness or a temporary disability, they should contact their Tutor as soon as possible who should apply in writing to the Senior Lecturer for permission for an alternative assessment or examination arrangement(s). Any such request must be supported by written medical evidence.
Email your Disability Officer and arrange an appointment to discuss any exam accommodation changes.
Contact your Tutor.
DARE (Disability Access Route to Education), is aimed at school-leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January of year of entry, 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.
The Trinity Disability Service cannot assist with any DARE queries.
All queries relating to admissions, CAO points etc should be directed to Trinity’s Admissions Team, as all course-offers are issued by them, including for students entering via the DARE scheme.
You can contact the Admissions Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to use key words in the subject-line such as ‘admissions’ ‘DARE scheme’ etc.). You can also call the Academic registry at 01 896 4500.
In the first instance, all queries related to DARE should be addressed to the DARE website. for more information on this topic for more information on this topic 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 e-mail email@example.com.
HEAR (Higher Education Access Route), is aimed at school-leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January, on year of entry to university, whose education has suffered due to their socioeconomic 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 socioeconomic groups in Irish society that are underrepresented 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.
If I am offered a place at Trinity with the DARE programme, what should I do?
If you are offered a place in Trinity via the DARE or HEAR scheme, you must register with the Disability Service online by clicking on this link for instructions:
The Disability Service will then contact you in relation to a Needs Assessment.
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.
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 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 on a PEEP click on this link.
If you would like to get involved with the Disability Service, you can send us a message on social media.
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. We would love to hear from you!
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 the Disability Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 01 8963111.
For more information on the student ambassador programme click on this link.
The Disability Service will host an Orientation Programme for new undergraduate students with disabilities annually. The Orientation is great opportunity for new students to hear about supports that are provided by the Disability Service and to hear about university life at Trinity.
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 on the Occupational Therapy service click on this link.
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 for student accommodation click on this link. You must also register with the Disability Service to arrange a needs assessment for accommodation. Please note, if you are in the process of registration with Trinity and have not yet been able to complete the Disability Service registration, you can still complete the special consideration form and return it to the accommodation office at email@example.com.
A needs assessment for accommodation will take into account the following criteria when prioritising applications for accommodation:
- 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.
- 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 information on making an application for rooms 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.
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 with the assistive technology officer click on this link.
If you wish to make an appointment with our AT officer, Andrew Costello, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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, on reasonable accommodations click on this link.
Following the Needs Assessment, the student’s Disability Officer prepares an Individual Learning Educational Needs Summary (LENS) detailing the Reasonable Accommodations to be implemented. The information outlined in the LENS is communicated to the relevant School via the student record in SITS.
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.
You will need to contact the Graduate Studies Office located in the Academic Registry for information relating to fees. To contact the Graduate Studies please click this link.
Disability Allowance is paid by the Irish government. To apply for this allowance, and for more information on Disability Allowance 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.
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 available to you.
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.
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 on the Garda Vetting process click on this link.
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.
The Disability Service have also developed a ‘Guide for Students with Disabilities on Professional Placement’. To download the guide on Professional Placement click on this link.
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, for more information on this topic 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 e-mail email@example.com for further details and application forms. For more information on Erasmus Support click on this link.
If you would like to get in touch with the Disability Service, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Disability Service contact page by clicking on this link.
For information on the procedure for the provision of ISL interpretation, please visit the Equality website here.
All registered Trinity Students are eligible to rent a locker. A Trinity Locker can be purchased online using your T-Card. If a student is recommended a locker as part of the disability needs assessment, the procedure outlined on this page will apply.
Entry to Room 2032 in the Arts Building is by student card access only and must be booked in advance of use. From the beginning of November 2017, booking Room 2032 will only be through the online calendar that shows availability at the following link: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11617138&appointmentType=4549676
For further information, please contact your Disability Officer or follow this link.
You can contact your DO directly by email. Once registered with the service you will also be provided with the means to access you DO's calendar to book an appointment.
The daily drop-in Disability Officer will be stationed in the main Disability Service office: Arts Building room 2054, 11pm-3pm, Monday to Friday during term time.
The drop-in is not an alternative to a Needs Assessment or a scheduled meeting with your Disability Officer, but we will be able to answer general queries and provide quick information on a range of issues, and can update your Disability Officer or make an appointment for you if follow-up is needed.
Booking is not necessary, just drop-in!
- What is Trinity's policy on supporting students and staff with disabilities?
- Is there a policy relating to Fitness to Practice?
- How can I make my course inclusive of students with disabilities?
- How can I help students who disclose a disability, or who think they may have a disability?
- How do the Disability Service communicate disability support needs to the course/ lecturer?
- What is the role of the student in ensuring they are fully supported and participating in what is recommended in their LENS?
- What if the recommended support does not suit the course of study?
- Who is responsible for arranging accessible venues for students with disabilities?
- What is the role of the note taker and should they attend a class if the student is not present?
- How much of an extension should be given to students who have "flexibility with deadlines"?
- How do I mark the work of students with reading, writing, or spelling difficulties?
- What financial assistance is available for students with disabilities?
- Who do I contact in the Disability Service?
- What is the procedure for the provision of ISL interpretation?
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 e-mail account - to complete the steps on a Dyslexia consultation. The final step requires Tutors to complete a Dyslexia consolation Referral Form, which should be returned to the Disability Service by e-mail to email@example.com.
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 e-mail account - that they are advised to register with Disability Service as soon as possible. The nine steps to DS registration are detailed by clicking on this link.
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 e-mail 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.
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 e-mail 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 Curriculum (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.
“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.
If a student requires a note taker accompany them to class this Reasonable Accommodation 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 identifiable. 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.
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 accessible room checker is available on the TCD website by clicking on this link
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 Disability Liaison Officer or an appropriate member of staff prior to the existing deadline. For a list of Disability Liaison 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.
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.
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.
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 form 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.
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.
There are two main sources of funds for students with disabilities:
- Social Welfare Benefits
- European Social Fund
1. Social Welfare Benefits include:
- Disability Allowance
- Back to Education Allowance
- Supplementary Benefits
For more information, visit the Social Welfare website.
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. This is a user friendly, comprehensive website that will help students and their families navigate through financial support systems.
A Fitness to Practice Policy for Trinity was adopted by the Board in May 2009.
To read the full Fitness to Practice policy click on this link.
For information on the procedure for the provision of ISL interpretation, please visit the Equality website here.