TCD Sense is a major initiative aims to make Trinity College Dublin more inclusive by reviewing and improving new and existing spaces, building sensory awareness, and delivering specialist supports to students who experience barriers to managing and adapting the sensory environments of college.
When we speak of "TCD Sense," we are addressing a concept that goes beyond merely creating spaces that are sensory-friendly. At its core, TCD Sense is a commitment to understanding and catering to a diverse range of sensory needs within the Trinity College Dublin community.
Here's what TCD Sense encapsulates:
- Diverse Sensory Experiences: Recognising that sensory experiences are unique to each individual, TCD Sense ensures that there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, there are a variety of spaces created to cater to different sensory preferences and requirements.
- Inclusivity and Accessibility: TCD Sense is built on the foundation of inclusivity. By considering various sensory needs, we aim to make spaces that are accessible and reflect the neurodiverse student and staff community here in Trinity.
- A Holistic Approach: Trinity is a place where students and staff come to learn, work, socialise and relax. TCD Sense takes a holistic view of college life, by creating spaces for the broad range of activities that make up life here in Trinity.
- Adaptive and Evolving: As we learn more about sensory needs and gather feedback from the TCD community, TCD Sense will continue to evolve. Spaces might be adjusted, new spaces might be introduced, and old ones might be reimagined.
- Education and Awareness: An integral part of TCD Sense is to raise awareness about the importance of sensory environments and how they impact well-being, learning, and daily functioning. It's about informing and educating the larger community on why these spaces matter.
- A Collaborative Effort: TCD Sense is not an isolated initiative. It involves collaboration with students, faculty, and external experts to ensure the spaces created are genuinely beneficial.
In essence, TCD Sense is about recognizing the vast spectrum of sensory needs and experiences and responding with purpose, care, and innovation. It's a commitment to making Trinity College Dublin not just a place of academic excellence but also a haven of sensory inclusivity.