Policies, Procedures & Resources
On theses pages you find links to all relevant College Policies and Disability Service policies and procedures.
Trinity College is committed to the principle of universal access and will actively work towards providing reasonable access to all of its services, information and facilities:
- Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Disability Policies & Procedures
- Disability Service Annual reports & KPI's
- Disability Service Handbooks & Resources
- Disability Service Forms
- Data Protection
- Research Protocols
- Parent/Guardians Communication Guidelines
- Student Finance
- College Access Officers
- Complaint Procedure
- Useful Websites
If you are about to graduate or if you are transferring to another University and wish to have a copy of the information in your file sent to a Trinity 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
The Disability Service encourage and support research projects related directly to the needs of students with disabilities in Trinity College Dublin, the University of 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 DS research framework by clicking on the link here.
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 Trinity, the best person to discuss this with is your son or daughter.
Data Protection legislation requires Trintiy 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 Trinity. 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:
- 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.
- DS will not engage in any form of communication unless this step has been completed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 read the Disability Service Parent handbook by clicking on the link here
FAQ on ESF Fund and student Welfare entitlements :
Please click on the link to the FAQ and A-Z.
Trinity College Access Officer
As legislated for in the Disability Act 2005, the appointed Access Officer for Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, is Mr. Declan Treanor, Director, Trinity 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (00 353) 1 896 3475.
The University has appointed Inquiry Officers to process complaints which people with disabilities may have in relation to the services offered by Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. The Inquiry Officer will investigate a complaint and report their findings in writing to both the Provost and the complainant.
Ms Helen Richardson,
Undergraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
Tel: 01 896 1095
Mr Martin John McAndrew,
Postgraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
Tel: 01 896 1417
For Staff and Visitors to Trinity:
Ms. Victoria Butler
Trinity College Dublin,
Tel +353 1 896 4160
Useful Disability Websites
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Visual Impairment 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.
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.