Fiona is a graduate of Law and German in Trinity College Dublin. She one of many who received an autism diagnosis adulthood while studying in Trinity. She now works in the field of language and also works as a stand-up comedian. I interviewed her about her journey from education to employment.
Find out how to register with the Disability Service in Trinity College to access support and talk about any adjustments you may require for managing your course and examinations. You can also visit Trinity College before your course starts, to gain a feel for where you will be based throughout your studies, and you can contact the Disability Service if you have a questions about supports in college.
Most students registering with the Disability Service request access to a range of supports that help the student to reach their full potential while studying. Most student needs are accommodated through these supports. Some of these disability student supports are co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
Funding for these supports is not provided to individual students as is the case for the Diabled Student Allowance in the UK.
After registering online, students who desire specialist disability supports will be invited to meet with a member of the Disability Service team (Disability Officer/Occupational Therapist) on a one-to-one basis to discuss specialist disability supports. The student decides on the level of support that they require. All students in this category will have a full needs assessment and a Learning Educational Needs Assessment (LENS) report is produced for these students.
Generally there is a very short period of time between accepting your offer of a course in Trinity College, and arriving in college.
The CAO process of offering a university place to students begins in August and orientation in Trinity College takes place in the last week in August. To familiarise yourself with orientation activities you could visit the orientation website.
Trinity Disability Supports
Good luck to all #TCDFreshers #CAO2018 and if you are Trinity College Dublin entrant with a disability please see our video explaining disability supports – Thanks @JackKavanaghIRL for starring Trinity College Students' Union ahead.ie @DARE AccessCollegeIreland
Posted by Trinity College Disability Service on Thursday, 16 August 2018
An introduction to the support and services available at our university.
The Leaving Cert Results are in, the offers have been made and the summer is drawing rapidly to a close. That means starting college for the first time for many students with Autism. Dr Alison Doyle shares some top tips below for making your first year a success.
We spoke to Fern during her final year as an undergraduate Politics student in the UK. We asked her how she feels about disclosing her autism to the university and to fellow students.