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Student Handbook 2011-2012 http://www.tcd.ie/disability/ Student Handbook Table of contents Table of contents ........................................................................ 2 Welcome ..................................................................................... 3 Code of Practice for Students with Disabilities ............................ 5 Supports available to students .................................................... 6 Examination arrangements ....................................................... 10 ATIC – Assistive Technology and Information Centre ............... 12 UNILINK ................................................................................... 14 Fitness to Practice .................................................................... 19 Library Supports ....................................................................... 20 How to make contact with the Disability Service ....................... 22 Disability Service Website & Facebook ..................................... 23 Other Useful Addresses in College ........................................... 24 This booklet is available in other accessible formats upon request and on our website at http://www.tcd.ie/disability/ 2 Welcome Dear Student, Congratulations on accepting your place at College and welcome. The Disability Service (DS) is here to support and assist you. This handbook aims to give you an overview of supports and services we offer. There is lots of additional information on our website at www.tcd.ie/disability. There is also a College orientation website which will help you manage yourself in the first semester. This provides lots of information on all services you need to know about. This information is linked here: www.tcd.ie/orientation/. Wishing you the very best for the years ahead and just remember - there are numerous people here to help you should you need it. Best Wishes, Declan Treanor 3 Student Handbook Director of the College Disability Service. How many people are currently registered with DS in Trinity? The DS was established in order to facilitate the academic support needs of students with disabilities. Statistics indicate that more than 820 students have disclosed a disability upon applying or after entering Trinity College Dublin (2010-11 academic year). Our service is staffed by experienced professionals with knowledge and expertise in disability, access and equity issues. We work closely with academic staff, tutors, administrators, and other support services to ensure College is as accessible as possible to all students. Is there a policy in College for students with disabilities? Trinity is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and to ensuring that students with a disability have as complete and equitable access to all facets of university life as can be reasonably provided. See: www.tcd.ie/about/policies/access_and_equality.php 4 DS aims to assist and advise the College community on issues associated with compliance with laws that relate to students with disabilities, including the University Act 1997, the Employment Equality Act 1998, the Equal Status Acts 2000-2004 and the Disability Act, 2005. Code of Practice for Students with Disabilities The Code of Practice is intended to provide a model for a high standard of service to students with disabilities. The College will take reasonable steps to ensure that it does not place a student with a disability at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled student. The Code of Practice has two main purposes - to outline for students with disabilities their rights and responsibilities in receiving reasonable accommodations while studying at Trinity; 5 Student Handbook - to define Trinity’s rights and responsibilities to students with disabilities and the College community. All students registering with DS will receive a copy of this code of practice to read and sign. The full document can be downloaded or viewed on the DS website at: www.tcd.ie/disability/students/index.php Supports available to students Who works in Disability Service? The DS is managed by the Director of the Disability Service, Declan Treanor. There are two full-time Disability Officers (Alison Doyle and Declan Reilly) as well as a number of administrative staff within the service. When you register with DS you will be assigned a Disability Officer who will assist you in obtaining the support you require in order to attain your highest academic potential. For further information on DS staff see: http://www.tcd.ie/disability/contact/index.php 6 How will I know what type of support I require? When you disclose your disability, we will discuss which support requirements would be most beneficial to you, and ensure that these are ready to be put in place. A detailed needs-assessment will be carried out by your Disability Officer, who will discuss whether you have previously received educational support, (e.g. during secondary school) and the type of support you might require now. The level of support required will differ between students, and even students with similar disabilities, as each student brings with them their own experience. There is a wide range of educational supports available for students with disabilities, including in-course, exam and library support. What Types of Supports are Available? Students with a disability or specific learning difficulty (including dyslexia) may require support whilst studying at Trinity. This can take various forms depending on individual requirements. Examples include: • Exam Accommodations 7 Student Handbook • Access to Assistive Technology • Extended Borrowing in the Library • Specialist tuition for students with dyslexia • Tuition for students with disabilities • Academic/ Library assistant • Specialist support for students with mental health difficulties • Specialist tuition for students who are deaf Much of the study-related support for students with a disability is financed through the European Social Fund (ESF) Student with Disability Fund. Trinity College receives a per capita allocation based on the number of students registering with DS seeking supports. The National Access Office in the HEA administers applications and decides who is eligible for funding under this scheme. For further information on this fund, please read: http://www.studentfinance.ie/mp7575/fund-for- students-with-disabilities/index.html. 8 Further information For more information on all funding available to students in higher education see www.studentfinance.ie Studentfinance.ie is a user friendly comprehensive website that will help students and their families navigate through financial support systems. How academics are informed about what supports I need? This needs assessment report is called the Learning Educational Needs Summary (LENS). The LENS outlining your needs is written up and may be sent to you to confirm you are happy with what we said and is automatically re-sent to academic staff at the beginning of each college year. This report will outline the supports you require - for example, it will tell academics your additional exam supports. 9 Student Handbook If required, a meeting will then be organised with you, your College Tutor and/or department and your Disability Officer to discuss this report and to ensure you get the supports outlined. If you wish to change any of the details on your LENS, you need to contact your Disability Officer and let them know. Further detailed information on all support services is available on the DS webpage at: http://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/ Examination arrangements Trinity currently offers a range of facilities at examination time, including extra time allowance, rest breaks, alternative examination venues, specialised furniture and technology aids. 10 Students should make requests as early as possible in the academic year and note that the following deadlines are applied: Michaelmas tests/examinations: Friday 28th October 2011 - End of week 5. Hilary tests/examinations: Friday 17th February 2012 - End of week 5. Annual examinations: Friday 23th March 2012 - End of week 10. Supplemental examinations: Friday 3rd August 2012 A full copy of the College’s guidelines on examination arrangements is also available on the web, on disk, and in alternative formats on request. A summary of your responsibilities and other important information is given below: www.tcd.ie/vp-cao/teo/teopdf/guideexam.pdf 11 Student Handbook ATIC – Assistive Technology and Information Centre ATIC refers to various Assistive Technology Centres located around the Trinity campus. Assistive Technology (AT) can help/assist students perform Information Technology (IT) functions that might be otherwise difficult or impossible to achieve. AT can give you confidence in using a computer or laptop and help you enhance your course/project work. What services does ATIC provide? • Help and access to Technology & software that can help you in your studies. • One to one appointments to help you use the technology provided. • Access to PCs with Assistive Technology installed in ATIC areas. Where are the ATIC rooms? 1. In the Berkeley Lecky Ussher (BLU) Library Complex 2. In the Hamilton Library ATIC 12 All these facilities are available to students registered with DS. ATIC rooms have computers, scanners, printing facilities, and many different software packages, including: Screen readers for visually impaired and blind students. Software that allows documents to be scanned and read out by a computer. Software that enlarges the screen or changes the colours. Software that allows ideas, projects and essays to be planned visually and dictionaries, thesaurus, word prediction, and homophone support. Need further information? For further information please contact the AT Officer Andrew Costello: Email email@example.com or call 8963111 to make an appointment. http://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/assistive_technol ogy/index.php 13 Student Handbook UNILINK What is Unilink? Unilink is a confidential, practical support service for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties and/or physical and sensory difficulties. What can Unilink offer you? Unilink offers a safe environment in which to explore your difficulties and how they impact on you as a person and the activities that you do. During the one- on-one sessions with your occupational therapist, we will collaboratively work to overcome practical issues by developing strategies and maximising the use of available environmental supports to help you fulfil your role as a student. Possible areas of difficulty experienced; Unilink supports students with mental health difficulties such as Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Schizophrenia and physical and sensory 14 disabilities such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, arthritis and other medical conditions. Some examples of difficulties that students may experience: Poor time management. Difficulty concentrating in lectures or while studying. Trouble completing course work. Feeling overwhelmed by the stress of college life and the college environment. Difficulty managing the effects of fatigue. Problems communicating with other students or staff. Feeling isolated in college which may affect your relationships and your academic performance. Managing chronic pain. Difficulty accessing buildings around college. Difficulty developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 15 Student Handbook How can I avail of the Unilink Service? You can use the Unilink Service if you are a student at Trinity College and are registered with the Disability Service. To register with the Disability Service, please call 01-8963111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already registered with the disability service, please contact your disability officer and ask for a referral to Unilink. Unilink is run by the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in collaboration with the College Disability Service. All staff members in the service are qualified occupational therapists and are bound by the Code of Practice of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. For further information: Please see the Unilink Website at: http://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/Unilink/index.php or contact one of the Occupational Therapists at: Email: email@example.com Mobile: 087 2743879 or 085 758 5835 – Mental Health or 0876563402 – Physical / Sensory 16 Academic Support at DS An Academic Support Tutor (AST) is available 2 days a week to students with significant needs registered with the Service. Additional hours may be available at weekends during the busy times of term. This learning support is very valuable, and students registered with DS are encouraged to attend sessions with the AST, particularly for assistance with using the library, writing essays and preparing for examinations. These and other areas of academic support can be arranged by phoning or emailing the Disability Service. Academic support sessions are also available as leaflets, podcasts and in mp3 format, and can be downloaded from TCD iTunes or YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/DSServiceTCD#p/u Study skills DS provides an online study skills resource to first year (JF) students. Skills4Study Campus http://www.palgrave.com/skills4studycampus/ Students are strongly recommended to utilise this resource to assist with reading techniques, academic writing, referencing and exam revision. 17 Student Handbook Further information on Academic Support is available at: http://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/AST/index.php Other sources of support at Trinity Additionally, learning support is available for students with specific learning difficulties through the College Counselling Service. The learning support team offers one-to-one appointments to students that can cover study and organisational strategies, academic writing skills, managing examinations, presentation skills, and other topics related to academic study. If you would like to make an appointment with one of the learning support psychologists please contact the Counselling Service (the entrance is on campus next to the Health Centre). Alternatively you can call on (01) 896 1407 to make an appointment. Further information is available at: http://www.tcd.ie/Student_Counselling/student- learning/index.php 18 Fitness to Practice In April 2009 the College Fitness to Practice Policy was approved by both Council and Board. See: College Calendar or www.tcd.ie/disability/projects/fitness/index.php Professional courses demand that certain core competencies are met by students in order to graduate and practice professionally after qualification. College has a special responsibility to ensure that all students admitted to all professional programmes will be eligible for registration by the relevant professional body upon graduation. It is important to us that our students are able to fulfill the rigorous demands of professional courses and are fit to practice. If you wish to clarify any issues or concerns you may have, in relation to your disability, supports available, disclosure or the demands of a course or on professional practice after qualification, please contact a member of the Disability Service staff. Contact details are on page 22. 19 Student Handbook Library Supports As well as the Assistive Technology Centres described in page 8 of this booklet, there are a number of other library supports available to students with disabilities, these include: Borrowing rights: Students with a disability registered with the Disability Service may be entitled to special borrowing privileges. Essentially, this means that you can borrow up to 10 books for one month from the open shelves and closed access areas. This facility will be set up automatically within 2 weeks of you registering with the Disability Service. It becomes active the next time you present your student card to borrow books. Contact the Disability Service if there are any delays in this facility being set up for you. Alternative formats: Reading material can also be provided in alternative formats such as Braille or audio. 20 Book retrieval: Readers with disabilities may request a member of staff to fetch inaccessible books. Personal Assistants: Students with disabilities requiring a P.A. may bring their assistant into the Library with them or alternatively, they, on production of the student's ID card, may borrow on their behalf. Photocopying: Readers unable to copy for themselves should request assistance from counter staff (please note that due to pressure at the counter this service may not be instant). For help and general advice on using the library see the library website: http://www.tcd.ie/Library/using-library and our podcast http://www.tcd.ie/disability/services/AST/video.php 21 Student Handbook How to make contact with the Disability Service You can call into the office in Room 2054 of the Arts Building, on the entrance level past the Lecky Library. Phone DS on (01) 896 3111 for an appointment, Text 086 3442322, or you can e-mail the Service at firstname.lastname@example.org Who works in the Disability Service? Declan Treanor Declan Reilly Disability Service Disability Officer across all Director Schools E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01) 896 3475 Tel: (01) 896 3776 Alison Doyle Michelle Garvey Disability Officer across Inclusive Curriculum Officer all Schools E-mail: E-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01) 896 3014 Tel: (01) 896 3666 Andrew Costello Trish Ferguson Assistive Technology Academic Support Tutor Officer E-mail: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01) 896 3111 Tel: (01) 896 2903 22 Carol Barry Jennifer Maxwell Executive Officer ESW Administrator E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01) 896 3111 Tel: (01) 896 3971 Kieran Lewis Claire Gleeson UNILINK Occupational UNILINK Occupational Therapist Therapist E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (087) 274 3879 Tel: (085) 7585835 Brian Creaner Deaf Support @ 3rd Level Project – DS3 UNILINK Occupational Therapist Contact: Declan Treanor E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (087) 6563402 Disability Service Website & Facebook We update information on our website regularly and put up news on our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Tri nity-College-Disability- Service/275203522472?ref=ts 23 Student Handbook Other Useful Addresses in College Admissions Office Address: Regent House, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 4444 Fax: 00353 1 872 2853 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.tcd.ie/Admissions Fees Office Address: 5 College Green, Floor 3, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 1852 Fax: 00353 1 896 2576 Web: www.tcd.ie/Treasurers_Office/fees/ Student Health Centre Address: House 47, Trinity College, Dublin 2 Telephone: 00353 1 896 1556 Web: www.tcd.ie/College_Health/ 24 Accommodation Office Address: West Chapel, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 1177 Fax: 00353 1 671 1267 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tcd.ie/accommodation/ Senior Tutor’s Office Address: House 27, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 2551 Fax: 00353 1 672 5089 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.tcd.ie/Senior_Tutor/ Student Counselling Service Address: Third Floor, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Telephone: 00353 1 896 1407 Fax: 00353 1 608 3464 Web: www.tcd.ie/Student_Counselling 25 Student Handbook Examinations Office Address: West Theatre, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 2345 / 3710 Fax: 00353 1 896 9260 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tcd.ie/Senior_Lecturer/teo/ Student Union & Education Officer for Student with Disabilities Address: House 6, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 6545 Fax: 00353 1 6777957 E-mail: email@example.com Web: http://www.tcdsu.tcdlife.ie Careers Advisory Service Address: 2nd Floor, East Chapel, Trinity College Dublin Telephone: 00353 1 896 1721/1705 Fax: 00353 1 6793295 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tcd.ie/Careers 26
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