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What is the Trinity Ability Co-op?

The Ability Co-op is a key part of the Trinity disAbility Hub development forming in Printing House Square. It is a collaborative initiative between students and staff that aims to provide opportunities for members to work together towards a more inclusive Trinity. The Ability Co-op is student-lead, and all projects and activities are mutually agreed by its members. From media campaigns to creative workshops, we can all contribute and work together towards inclusivity in Trinity.

The 7 Principles of the Ability Co-op

The Ability Co-op is established upon the seven principles of co-operatives.

The principles of the Ability co-op 1 to 4 The principles of the co-op 5 to 7

Why should I get involved?

Members of the Co-op have the opportunity to ensure that their voices are heard, and they can take ownership of inclusive practice across the Trinity community. The Co-op is also a great platform for developing skills and gathering experience that is beneficial for personal and academic development, as well as future employability. Participating in the Co-op provides opportunities for individuals to develop in areas such as communication, teamwork, networking and leadership. Not only is participating in the Co-op beneficial for the development of personal skills, graduate attributes and career-readiness, it's also a great opportunity to contribute to Civic Engagement in Trinity. This enhances eligibility for accolades such as the Dean of Students Leadership Award.

The Ability Co-op & the Trinity Student Partnership Policy

The Ability Co-op is an example of student partnership under the Trinity College Dublin and TCD Students' Union Student Partnership Policy. This policy aims to ensure that ‘students have the opportunity to engage at all appropriate levels of decision-making in teaching, learning and assessment and the overall student experience, thereby promoting an environment which empowers the student voice’. The Ability Co-Op is a means of formally representing students' views, values and needs in the decisions and activities of the disAbility Hub. This empowers students to take ownership of disability supports and reasonable accommodations, and to work collaboratively to benefit students with disabilities and the university community as a whole. 

How do I get involved?

Membership of the Ability Co-Op is open to anyone who is interested in contributing. You don’t need to have any particular skills or previous experience, simply contact abilitycoop@tcd.ie to express your interest.

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