Accessing Reasonable Accommodations
UCD is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming working environment for all our employees and for those applying for jobs at UCD. The university seeks to create a workplace which provides the necessary support for employees to reach their full potential.
UCD’s reasonable accommodations process was developed through the ConnectAbility project which supports staff with disabilities in the workplace in relation to disclosing a disability and seeking a reasonable accommodation. This was an intervarsity project across the 7 Universities which involved engaging with staff through a survey (10% response rate in UCD) and focus group, and an audit of policies and procedures.
For further information please contact the EDI Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Willing Able Mentoring Programme (WAM) in UCD
As part of UCD’s commitment to inclusion, UCD will participate in the Willing, Able, Mentoring (WAM) programme. This programme is run by AHEAD and supports graduates with disabilities in obtaining mentored, paid work placements. This partnership brings graduates with disabilities and WAM’s network of employers together so that both can benefit and learn from each other - the employer will gain from an enthusiastic, skilled employee while the graduate gains work experience relevant to their qualification. UCD’s participation in this programme will provide access to graduates with disabilities to the working environment, help them gain experience and also build the capacity of UCD to integrate disability into the mainstream University environment.
How does WAM work?
WAM holds a database of graduates with disabilities and carry out an initial review of potential candidates for the role based on the job description and provide a longlist to UCD. From this longlist UCD undertake a shortlisting exercise and interviews are arranged as per normal recruitment procedures. WAM, in conjunction with UCD HR, provide assistance throughout the recruitment and selection process. On appointment WAM also provide mentoring training to an assigned UCD mentor and a needs assessment to identify any supports that the successful candidate may require in carrying out their role.
For more information on the WAM programme and the supports available, please refer to the Ahead website at this link.
WAM in UCD
In 2018, UCD Professor Colin Scott, Vice-President for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, called for Schools and Units to identify a 6-month entry-grade role to be offered to a graduate with disabilities. Following engagement and support from the EDI Unit and Ahead, UCD Registry were the first to implelent a pilot and a successful candidate was identified in April 2019. The EDI Unit is reviewing the process and plans to re-introduce WAM in another Unit in 2020.
If you would like more information on WAM in UCD or if you are interested in participating in the WAM programme, please contact the EDI Unit at email@example.com.
Staff Assistive Technology Support
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning in collaboration with UCD IT Services have established an IT Accessibility Pilot Project, to explore ways of creating awareness of Assistive Technology for staff in UCD and how it can assist UCD staff in their work.
Campus Accessibility is about the creation of a campus that can be used by everybody, irrespective of ability or disability. The Campus Accessibility Officer oversees action plans to incorporate accessibility to buildings and services in line with best practice in universal access and design. Please click here for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/all/ourwork/university/universityforall/campusaccessibility/
Staff Disability Network
A Staff Disability Network has been established with the aim of bringing together staff with disabilities and those with an interest in disabilities, in a relaxed and confidential forum. The network will also act as a source of peer support in the workplace and promote disability equality and inclusion for staff through consultation on the University’s plans, strategies and policies.
Please refer to the following website for further information: http://www.ucd.ie/staffdisabilitynetwork/