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Policies, Procedures & Resources

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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:

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Data Protection

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

Research Protocols

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 Trinity Disability Service Research Protocols 2021.

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 Trinity, the best person to discuss this with is your son or daughter. 

Legal obligations

Parents/guardians: Due to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), information about your disability and your support requirements/arrangements will not be shared or discussed with your parents/guardians without your written consent. Please note that even if such consent is provided to share or discuss, parents cannot act, or request changes, on your behalf and that you retain responsibility for engaging with the Disability Service.

A Consent to Confidentiality Waiver form provided at this link will need to be discussed with your Disability Officer and then completed in advance of any meeting taking place.

For more information please read the Disability Service Parent handbook by clicking on the link here

European Social Fund Fund for Students with Disabilities

Please visit the HEA Fund for Students with Disabilities webpage for detailed information in relation to this funding source.

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 or phone (00 353) 1 896 3475.

Inquiry Officers

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.

For Students:
Ms Helen Richardson,
Undergraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
House 27.
Tel: 01 896 1095

Mr Martin John McAndrew, 
Postgraduate Student Support Officer,
Senior Tutor’s Office,
House 27.
Tel: 01 896 1417

For Staff and Visitors to Trinity:
Ms. Victoria Butler
Secretary's Office,
West Theatre,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2.
Tel +353 1 896 4160

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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.
  • 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.
  • - 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

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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