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

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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


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

Deaf Awareness Training

Citizens Information Board (CIB) is delighted to launch a series of videos about ‘Deaf Awareness Training’ developed in collaboration with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS).

The aim of Deaf Awareness Training is to promote knowledge and understanding about the Deaf community and to break down barriers between Deaf people and hearing people. These videos will provide an understanding of Deafness, the Deaf community, Sign languages and other topics related to the Deaf community, including how to engage and communicate with Deaf people in a Deaf-friendly way. Awareness of the Deaf community is needed to reduce barriers and highlight the experience and the issues Deaf people face daily.

The five Deaf Awareness Training videos include the following topics:

  1. Learn about the Deaf community in Ireland
  2. Irish Sign Language (ISL)
  3. Everyday barriers to access – a challenge for Deaf people
  4. Working with Irish Sign Language interpreters
  5. Some communication tips

Click here Deaf Awareness Training to watch the videos.

Invisible Disabilities

What is an Invisible Disability?

Invisible disability is an umbrella term that is used to capture a whole range of disabilities which might not be immediately obvious to onlookers.  These disabilities can be neurological, related to mental health or physical in nature. Examples include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, acquired brain injuries, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, mental health conditions, autism, learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). 

If you have an invisible disability and would like to request an assessment for a reasonable accommodation, please review the information on Accessing Reasonable Accommodations at the top of this webpage. 

Invisible Disabilities Week 18th -24th October 

UCD's Disability Sub-Group in collaboration with the EDI Unit are hosting a series of initiatives this week to raise awareness in UCD about invisible disabilities. 

UCD Disability Sub-Group, in collaboration with MoLI and RTE's Ailbhe Conneely, launched their podcast Hidden Stories  to raise awareness of the lived experiences of people with invisible disabilities in UCD, highlights the cultural and social importance of sharing those stories in our society and addresses the question of how best to support our colleagues who have such conditions. Guest speakers:  

  • Ailbhe Conneely, Social Affairs and Religion Correspondent, RTE
  • Dr Blánaid Gavin, School of Medicine, UCD
  • Dr  Clare Hayes-Brady, School of English and Drama, UCD
  • Veronica Keegan, Research Finance, UCD
  • Dr Deirdre O’ Connor, School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD
  • Professor Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, UCD

Listen to the podcast:

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  • EDI Blog "Inclusion Never Stops": "Hidden Stories: Living with an Invisible Disability"
  • Autism Friendly University: Webinar with Adam Harris, from the national autism charity, AsIAm: Register here
  • Employee Focus Group: Review of "Code of Practice for the Employment of People with Disabilities" Register here
  • Spread the Word: #InvisibleDisabilitiesWeek: download and share this visual "Iceberg" to raise awareness of your support for Invisible Disabilities Week on social media.


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

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:

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:

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning - disability and accessibility