Support for New Students

Trinity is an inclusive university with more than 1,800 students with disabilities who have applied for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service. We offer a confidential and accessible service for all students with disabilities to support your learning needs during your time in Trinity.

A young wheelchair user accessing an accessible lift at Trinity College Dublin

We are a student-centered service, committed to empowering students with disabilities achieve their academic and vocational goals, as well as access all aspects of college life.

The Disability Service Team will continue to offer student appointments via Microsoft Teams/Skype, phone or email. Bookings can be made with Disability Officers and Occupational Therapists through their individual contact pages. 

College will contact you with information on orientation for new students. More information is available on the Orientation webpage. 

Will there be a Disability Service Orientation day? 

  • Once we have updated information on orientation arrangements, we will contact you using your new TCD email address. More information is available on the DS Orientation webpage.

Applications for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service can be broken down into 12 easy steps and most of the process takes place online at my.tcd.ie, your student portal, where you can also complete your registration to your chosen course, see your course, and exam timetables. Please follow these guidelines and instructions to complete your application. 

Hopefully you will find an answer to your question on this page, or by visiting our FAQ section. If not, please do email us at askds@tcd.ie. Once College has re-opened a Disability Officer will be stationed in the main Disability Service office, Room 2054, the Arts Building, 11am-3pm, Monday to Friday during term time. 

  • Learn to touch type using the Typing Club's online lessons. 
  • Download Microsoft Office 365 and explore Microsoft Teams. 
  • Invest in a laptop with a good screen resolution, microphone and webcam. Follow the purchasing advice provide by Trinity IT Services. 

When you have applied for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service, you will have access to a range of supports. More information on each of these supports is available on the Supports and Resources section of our website. 

The Ability Co-op is a group for students with disabilities who work together to achieve greater inclusion in Trinity. The Co-op provides a space where students can meet up online and in College. Students will collaborate on making social media stories, projects, activities and events to raise awareness and enhance the experience of students with disabilities in Trinity. All are welcome to get involved. Visit the Ability Co-op webpage and join today! 

All of our guides for students and parents can be downloaded from our handbooks webpage.

We have prepared Frequently Asked Questions for both staff and students to provide useful information on our service.