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'Ready, Steady, Go! A Taste of Third Level' Summer Camp

The Disability Service at Trinity College Dublin and the Middletown Centre for Autism are jointly organising a three day camp entitled ‘Ready, Steady, Go- A Taste of Third Level’ for 16 to 18 year olds with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition).

The camp will take place from:

Tuesday 18th July to Thursday 20th July 2017
In Trinity College Dublin

The camp is aimed at preparing students with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Condition) to successfully transition to third level education. Students will experience different learning approaches (lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratories), will find out more about college subjects and courses, talk to college students, learn about leisure activities on campus and will gain and develop valuable life skills necessary for third level; such as self-advocacy, resilience and organisational skills. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a variety of other activities that will help them find out more about college life, including:

  • Explore College life
  • Transition planning for third level
  • Learn about technology that can help you in school

Who can enrol for the camp?
We welcome applications from students who will be beginning 5th and 6th year in September and those that are hoping to come to college in September 2017. However, places are limited to 20 students and we do need 20 students for the camp to proceed.

When does the camp take place?




Tuesday 18th July 2017

10am to 4pm

10am-1pm-Information Session for Parents

10am-4pm- Students attending the Camp

Wednesday 19th July 2017

10am to 4pm

Camp for Students

Thursday 20th July 2017

10am to 4pm

Camp for Students and at 2pm Information Session for Parents

Who is running the camp?
The Disability Service in Trinity College Dublin hosted a similar camp in June 2016 with 19 students, and this year we have collaborated with Middletown Autism Centre to deliver the camp. The camp will be delivered by Claire Gleeson, Senior Occupational Therapist with the Disability Service in Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Alison Doyle, Educational Psychologist and Transition Consultant with Caerus Education, Declan Treanor, Director of the Disability Service in Trinity College, Lorna Fitzpatrick, Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism and Majella Nugent, Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. All camp organisers are leading experts in supporting students with Asperger's Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Student Ambassadors from Trinity College will also be on hand to guide and mentor the camp students.

How do I apply for a place on the camp?
The Camp will only proceed if it fills the quota of 20 students. It is envisaged that it will. Therefore, we ask you to please complete the form below to express an interest in attending the camp. We will inform you by 2nd June 2017 if the camp reaches this necessary quota and if so how to proceed with booking a place and making the payment. The details below will help us to develop the camp to the interests of the students attending. 
Please complete the form at:

How much does the Camp cost?
The camp costs €280 per student and does not include lunch, refreshments, or accommodation costs. Please be advised that this camp is a non-profit venture. Further details to follow when the quota of places has been reached.

What if I need accommodation in Dublin?
You may choose to live in Trinity Halls, or commute into college every day. Living in Halls provides an excellent opportunity to experience student life, (although you will need to bring a parent).  Accommodation can be booked at

Who can I talk to about the camp?
Please contact the Disability Service at Trinity College Dublin for more information on the proposed camp, please call 01 896 3111 or email

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Terms and Conditions of the Camp

  • We request people express an interest by completing the form linked above before 2nd June 2017.
  • If there is sufficient interest in the camp, you will be asked to make a formal booking. Bookings can be made via Cheques made payable to TCD No.1 account. Payment must be made at the time of booking.
  • Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Students must be 16 years old at the start of the camp.
  • A parent/guardian must sign the application form.
  • All special requirements/medical conditions must be clearly stated on the application form.
  • The hours of the camp are 10am to 4pm over the two days. Trinity College and Middletown Autism Centre are not responsible for students outside the above hours.
  • Trinity College and Middletown Autism Centre does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any property belonging to participants of the camp.
  • Trinity College and Middletown Autism Centre reserves the right to cancel part of/ or the entire camp.
  • All valuables must be left at home.
  • Information on activities is given in good faith. All activities are subject to change depending on weather condition, camp schedule and other arrangements.
  • Trinity College and Middletown Autism Centre reserves the right to cancel, amend or alter activities accordingly.
  • Trinity College and Middletown Autism Centre reserves the right to suspend any participant that is disruptive to the camp or whose behaviour puts him/herself or others at risk.
  • Students must bring sufficient money for a canteen meal for each day of the camp. Students should also bring drinks or money for drinks as necessary throughout the day.
  • Students must at all times follow any rules or directions given by the camp staff, including the Student Ambassadors.
  • Respect is to be given to staff and to fellow students at all times. Students are encouraged to actively participate in classes, offering input in a polite and courteous manner. Recording of verbal or visual activities on phones or any other technology is not permitted during the camp.
  • Students are expected to be punctual, to follow the schedule and to practice good time management throughout the camp.
  • Students will be assigned to a group managed by a Student Ambassador and will be with them for the duration of the camp.
  • Students may not leave Trinity College Dublin premises unaccompanied at all during camp hours.
  • Smoking,consuming alcohol or illicit substances is not permitted during the camp.
  • In the event of an emergency or a critical situation parents will be contacted immediately by a member of camp staff. If parents or guardians need to contact the camp staff for any immediate reason during camp hours please call 01 8963111.

Asperger's Syndrome Support Graphic image of books

Trinity College Dublin, like many other third level institutions, has seen a rise in the number of students with disabilities accessing the university. In particular, one of the greatest demographic increases has been among students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS).Over the past five years the number of students with AS utilising supports from the Disability Service and Unilink Service has increased six-fold, and Trinity College now has the highest number of students with AS in Ireland.

The Trinity College Disability Service, in collaboration with Occupational Therapy Support, has developed a suite of resources and supports for students with AS which aims to support the student at all stages of their academic journey, from first day to graduation and into professional employment.

This website is divided into different sections, relating to each stage in the college journey: whether that is thinking about college and making the transition from secondary to third level; progressing through college as an undergraduate or post-graduate student; or advancing from college into employment. In addition, it hosts information and advice for parents, teachers and staff who may be supporting individuals with AS:


Welcome to TCD:

What do students with AS study and what year are they in?
To give you a flavour of what students with AS are doing in TCD, the majority of students with AS are in the Faculty of Engineering, Maths and Science. The courses they are studying courses include Computer Science, Science, Nanoscience and Engineering.

Pie chart showingengineering & maths as the highest % of ASD students

Last updated 23 May 2017 (Email).