All students with a disability or significant ongoing illness in UCD have the opportunity to receive relevant reasonable accommodations or supports. These supports may include academic supports such as awareness supports for your lecturers and/or exam supports such as extra time for exams (10 minutes per hour). To receive these supports students are invited to complete a short meeting called Needs Assessment with UCD Access & Lifelong Learning.
Each year you are registered as a UCD Student your disability supports will roll over, there is no need to have another Needs Assessment meeting each year. However, if you are returning from a Leave of Absence or a break in your studies between degrees, please contact our team to check your supports have rolled over to the new academic year.
If you have had a Needs Assessment and wish to review your supports, you can do so at any time by meeting with a member of the team.
To make an appointment for a Needs Assessment, to roll over supports or to review supports please email your team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team monitors this email Monday-Friday, 9am- 5pm.
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You can arrange supports at any time during the academic year and it is best to contact the disability team as early as possible so that any supports you require can be put in place without delay.
Follow these three steps to arrange supports:
- Ensure you have the correct supporting documentation which confirms your disability or diagnosis. Required documents are listed on our UCD Evidence of Disability Form. If you have multiple disabilities, please gather appropriate documentation for each disability.
- Make an appointment by emailing email@example.com. You will then be asked to complete a short form on SISWeb and upload your documents there.
- Following this, we will contact you with details of your Needs Assessment appointment.
Some Needs Assessments will take place by Zoom video call. If you would like more information on how to use Zoom, please see our Guide to Zoom Needs Assessments
International students should note that the supports available through your home institutions may be different from those available in UCD. It is important to note that the extra time available to students with disabilities in timed exams in UCD is 10 minutes per hour.
At your Needs Assessment you will agree on a plan for your exam accommodations. These accommodations might include extra time (set at 10 minutes extra per hour, as per the national standard), use of the alternative exam location on campus, use of a reader etc.
Students who require exam accommodations are advised to book a Needs Assessment appointment by week 6 of the current trimester. Students who contact us after this date cannot be guaranteed their exam accommodations in the end-of-trimester exams.
Please check your UCD Connect email regularly for updates in regard to exam accommodations. For locally arranged exams, class tests, and midterms you must contact your module coordinator to request supports, providing your Certificate of Disability Support, as soon as possible to allow time for arrangements to be made. Online exams are locally arranged. Please follow directions from your module coordinators in regard to examination supports, and contact your module coordinator with any questions.
How to check what supports have been confirmed:
If you wish to check what supports you have confirmed with the disability team, please log on to SISWeb, go to the Registration, Fees & Assessment tab and click on 'My Exam Supports'. If no supports are listed please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. If you have been on a Leave of Absence or have changed course your supports may not have updated this year.
If you have availed of temporary exam supports these will be removed in the weeks following your exams - you will need to contact us to request a Needs Assessment appointment to avail of ongoing disability supports, including exam supports.
At your Needs Assessment you will agree on a plan for your classroom accommodations. Examples of classroom accommodations used by students in UCD are:
- Use of Assistive Technology such as a recording device in lectures, if eligible.
- Provision of an Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreter and/or Note Taker for Deaf students, if eligible.
- Provision of required reading in an alternative format for Blind or visually impaired students, if eligible.
- The student’s lecturer is made aware of their disability, if desired.
Assistive Technology (AT) is a range of tools that make learning more accessible. This includes, for example, software that helps with spelling and grammar, digital pens or software for recording lectures, adapted tools for those with visual or hearing impairments, and alternative inputs for students with mobility issues.
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning has an Assistive Technology Specialist who can provide technology and training to students who avail of disability support. Usually, recommendations will be made for AT when you attend your Needs Assessment. If you are avail of Disability Support and would like to look at AT options, please email us to make an appointment with the AT Specialist: email@example.com
All international students have the opportunity to receive supports. To avail of supports, international students are also required to follow the general guidelines on arranging disability supports, as outlined in the sections above. Please note that the evidence of disability must be provided in English, and if not originally in English must be translated by a professional translator.
It is important to note that as a student in UCD you will be able to avail of the same supports as other students with disabilities in Ireland, following national legislation and best practice. Supports in Ireland can differ to those available in other countries. For example, extra time in exams is set nationally in Ireland at 10 minutes extra per hour.
If you're a UCD student with disability support going on Erasmus or to Study Abroad and wish to seek advice on managing your disability while away please come to see us during our drop-in hour or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
For information on what supports may be available to you in the University in which you will be studying, please contact the disability services of that institution. UCD Global will also be able to advise you on who to contact or you may also wish to check the details of the disability team and disability supports available in your host institution on the Inclusive Mobility Website.
UCD Global can also advise on any health insurance queries you may have. If you are traveling to Ireland and have any queries relating to your prescription please see the UCD Health Centre’s website and contact the UCD Health Service, if required.
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning has prepared a selection of guides with tips for students on how to navigate university in relation to their disability. Click on the links to download guides on each of the following disabilities:
- Tips for UCD Students- ADD/ADHD
- Tips for UCD Students- Autism/ ASD
- Tips for UCD Students- Blind/ Vision Impaired
- Tips for UCD Students- Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
- Tips for UCD Students- Dyscalculia
- Tips for UCD Students- Dyslexia
- Tips for UCD Students- Dyspraxia/ DCD
- Tips for UCD Students- Mental Health Difficulties
- Tips for UCD Students- Physical Disability
- Tips for UCD Students- Significant Ongoing Illness
- Tips for UCD Students- Stammer