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Data Protection

If you are about to graduate or if you are transferring to another College and wish to have a copy of the information in your file sent to a College Disability Service, please ensure that you request this before you leave. Such information might include medical evidence or educational psychologist's report. 

Your request for release of information should be submitted in writing, signed by you, and should indicate the following:

  • documents to be forwarded
  • your date of birth
  • student number
  • Your current/last address
  • Your signature

Research Protocols

The Disability Service encourage and support research projects related directly to the needs of students with disabilities in Trinity College Dublin. In order to ensure that research projects are well founded, ethical and have a clear benefit to the students who participate in them, please read the downloadable DS research framework linked here:

Disability Service research protocol


Parent/Guardians Communication

Whilst the DS is aware that from time to time parents or guardians may have questions or concerns that they may wish to discuss with staff, it is important to acknowledge that a healthy working partnership between students and Disability Service staff, is based on trust.  In the first instance, if you have concerns about your student or his or her progress in College, the best person to discuss this with is your son or daughter. 

Legal obligations

Data Protection legislation requires College to establish a policy with regard to any discussion between members of staff in the Disability Service and parents / guardians, in relation to individual students and their progress through College.  All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, and DS is required to have due regard for its legal obligations to protect the confidentiality of its relationship with the student.

Consent to Confidentiality Waiver

If a parent or guardian approaches DS with a request to discuss their student's progress, in order to protect the confidentiality of the student, the following steps apply:

  1. The student must complete the Consent to Confidentiality Waiver form, and make an appointment with their Disability Officer or a Occupational Therapist to discuss their consent, in advance of any communication with a parent or guardian.
  2. DS will not engage in any form of communication unless this step has been completed.         
  3. Students need to be involved in all communication, and DS will ensure that students receive a copy of any written communication, and are informed of any outcomes from meetings or telephone calls.  For example, if a telephone conversation takes place between a DS staff member and a parent or guardian, a summary of the phone call will be emailed to all parties, including the student.
  4. In the case of a meeting requested parents or guardians with DS staff, the student must attend this meeting. A note or summary of the meeting will be sent to all participants for their records.
  5. A Consent to Confidentiality Waiver must be completed for each phone call, email or meeting request.

Due to ambiguities in dealing with requests for information from parents and guardians, the next section provides some guidance in relation to the kind of information DS staff can and cannot divulge.

For more information please click this link tho download the Disability Service Parent handbook

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FAQ on ESF Fund and student Welfare entitlements :

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Trinity College Access Officer

As legislated for in the Disability Act 2005, the appointed Access Officer for Trinity College Dublin is Mr. Declan Treanor, Director, College Disability Service. He is available to help you with any queries that you might have or assistance you may require in relation to the accessibility of information and services provided by TCD. Declan can be contacted directly by e-mail dtreanor@tcd.ie or phone (00 353) 1 896 3475.

Inquiry Officers

The College has appointed two Inquiry Officers to process complaints which people with disabilities may have in relation to the services offered by Trinity College Dublin. The Inquiry Officer will investigate a complaint and report their findings in writing to both the Provost and the complainant.

For Students:
Ms Helen Richardson,
Undergraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
House 27.
Tel: 01 896 1095
E-Mail: Helen.Richardson@tcd.ie


Ms Gillian Roddie,
Postgraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
House 27.
Tel: 01 896 1417
E-Mail: Gillian.Roddie@tcd.ie

For Staff:
Ms. Sheena Browne,
Secretary's Office,
West Theatre,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2.
Tel +353 1 896 2197
E-mail brownsh@tcd.ie

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Useful Disability Websites

Disability Organisations

  • TCD - The Listen, Speak, and Be Heard website offers information about effective communication for students and staff, and suggests practical tips and technological supports to improve communication skills
  • AHEAD - This Irish voluntary organisation provides an excellent start for all students with disabilities on studying at Third level. It has many useful links, publications and general information.
  • Skill - The British equivalent to Ahead provides useful information that is relevant to students studying in Ireland or considering study in Britain.
  • SCIPS - This project aimed to support academic staff to improve access to the curriculum for disabled students and this database aims to do just that. For the purposes of this project, ten subjects were chosen.
  • Techdis - TechDis have produced a series of self-supporting staff development packs around a range of disability topics. These packs contain easily adaptable resources, each module is self-standing and can either be delivered as a session independently, or adapted into a wider staff development programme.
  • Quest for Learning - This provides an e-learning module on Study skills for students with disabilities, an e-learning module on Disability awareness and inclusive education for teaching staff, a virtual support network for graduates with disabilities, guidelines for teaching staff on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) practices and the support needs of students with disabilities in ODL environments.
  • The National Disability Authority - Under the Disability Act, the NDA reports on achievement of these obligations across the public service.
  • Re-adjust.co.uk - Reasonable adjustments in the workplace. The Re-Adjust initiative from iansyst Ltd will offer employers structured solutions to enable their disabled staff to achieve a productive way of working. The Re-Adjust initiative for reasonable adjustments includes: disability and Inclusion advice, workplace assessments, dyslexia management, software and computer technology, ergonomic products - all backed-up with training and support services from an established team.
  • Disability Ireland maintain a list of disability related organisations in Ireland.

Dyslexia Organisations

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Visual Impairment organisations

Voluntary Organisations

  • HADD - Family Support Group for ADHD in Ireland: A resources for parents of children with ADHD in Ireland and the professionals who serve them.
  • Aspire - Asperger Syndrome Association Of Ireland: Providing information and support for all affected by AS in Ireland.
  • Arts & Dyslexia is a not for profit community arts group. It was established in 2009 by dyslexic adults for dyslexic adults.Its aim is to empower, enhance and develop the natural creative and artistic talents of dyslexic adults in a fun and social environment. All levels of experience are encouraged to take part from the complete artistic beginner to the more experienced artist or photographer.

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Disability Services in other Universities and Colleges in Ireland

Most Higher Education Disability Services are listed here and click on link to see what supports are available elsewhere.

http://www.dawn.ie/dawn-members/

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Last updated 15 August 2016 andrew.costello@tcd.ie (Email).