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Information for students with a disability


Who is eligible for disability support in UCD?

The Access Centre provides supports and reasonable accommodations for UCD students with disabilities.

UCD requires evidence of a disability in order to provide students with reasonable accommodations.

Further information on the documentation required is available by clicking on our Evidence of disability document.


How do I register for disability support?

You can register with the service at any time but it is best to register as soon as possible so that any supports you require can be put in place without delay.

Follow these two steps to register:

  1. Make an appointment by calling 01 716 7565 or e-mail or call into the Access Centre Reception Office on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library Building. The Reception Office is open from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.
  2. Provide supporting documentation.

What is supporting documentation?

Please click on the following link to access our guidelines on documents that can be accepted; What is supporting documentation?

Guides on managing your disability in college

The Access Centre has prepared a selection of guides for students on how to manage particular disabilities in college. Click on the links to download guides on each of the following disabilities:

Exam Accommodations

UCD is committed to ensuring, as far as possible and within the framework of current legislative requirements, that students with disabilities have equality of access to and participation in all examinations and assessment procedures.  This includes end-of-semester examinations and any other examinations that contribute to module or course results.  Students with disabilities will be enabled to demonstrate their knowledge and competency on an equal footing with their peers. 

Reasonable accommodations are defined as those actions that enable students to demonstrate their true knowledge and ability in examinations without changing the demands of the examination.  The intention behind the provision of such accommodations is to alleviate a substantial disadvantage without affecting the integrity of the assessment. The granting of reasonable accommodations is not intended to put the integrity or status of the examination or in-class assessment at risk, and is designed to ensure fairness to all students (full- and part-time).


The deadline to register with the service to receive exam supports for Semester One 2013/14 exams is 12pm on Friday 18th October 2013.

Students registered with the service can view their Exam Supports in SIS Web.

For specific details on alternative exam arrangements for current students please refer to our Alternative Exam Arrangements webpage.

For detailed information about the exam supports available, updated information will be available here soon.


Academic Supports

Academic Supports refer to any supports that students with disabilities might require in the classroom or lecture environment.

A member of staff from the Access Centre will meet with you to discuss the supports available and help you decide which might work best for you.

Examples of academic supports used by students in UCD are:

  • Permission to use a recording device in lectures. 
  • Provision of an Irish Sign Language Interpreter or Speedtext Operator for deaf students.
  • Provision of required reading in an alternative format for Blind or visually impaired students.
  • The student’s lecturer is made aware of their disability.

For detailed information about the academic supports available please refer to our .

Assistive Technology

The Access Centre has an Assistive Technology Officer who can provide and train students who are registered for disability support with a range of Assistive Technology (AT) tools. If you are a student who is registered with the Access Centre for disability support and who would like to avail of Assistive Technology, please contact us to make an appointment to see the AT Officer (telephone: 01 716 7565 or e-mail:

For more information on AT go to our Assistive Technology webpage.

Academic Skills

The aim of the UCD Access Centre is to facilitate all students registered for disability support to develop independent learning skills. UCD Access Centre provides undergraduate learning support primarily through group workshops. These workshops cover core skills and are primarily aimed at first year undergraduate students and run numerous times over both semesters. Academic Skills Workshops include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

•          Note taking

•          Time management and organisation

•          Study skills

•          Academic writing

•          Research skills

•          Presentations and group work

•          Avoiding Plagiarism

•          Exam Preparation

Workshops are advertised to students via email. One-to-one learning support is not provided as an on-going support and will only be available to students who have either attended Academic Skills Workshops or reviewed relevant material on the Learning Support Blackboard module. All new entrants registering with us are given access to this Blackboard module. If you do not have access and would like to request it please email For more information please see our:

Academic Skills Webpage 

Undergraduate Learning Support Policy 

Postgraduate Learning Support Policy

Campus accommodation for students with physical or sensory disabilities

The Access Centre has a limited number of accessible rooms reserved for students who have a significant physical and/or sensory disability.

All CAO applicants wishing to book accommodation for September 2013 must place their name on the priority waiting list on the 7th May 2013. Spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis. See for further details.

First year students who require an accessible room should contact the office as soon as possible and no later than 12pm on Friday 23rd August. If you are a CAO applicant you must also put your name on the priority waiting list on the 7th May as outlined above.

All students requesting an accessible room must provide documentary evidence of a physical or sensory disability. Accessible rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

For information regarding fees, payment of fees, or facilities in each residence, please visit the UCD residences website ( or contact them directly.

Students who do not have a significant physical or sensory disability should apply to UCD Residences in the usual way.

Information on how to apply for accommodation is available through the following link:

For assistance with online booking e-mail: or contact the Residences Booking Office directly on 01 716 1031.