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There is a broad selection of resources here including perspectives on first year experiences in relation to specific disabilities, formal guidance from support and advocacy groups, and personal student stories and advice,

The One Show: Rosie King and Brain in Hand. Please Talk. VIDEO: AsIAm Says Hi - What supports are available to students with Autism? - asiam. There is so many different people and organisations doing great things to support people with Autism but sometimes, because our community is so large and vibrant, we can all miss things or would love to learn more about a particular opportunity. Every month we are going to visit “say Hi” to one of the different projects happening in the Autism space and give you a sneak peek of their work and how they can support you. This month, due to our focus on education, we visited the Trinity College Dublin Disability Support Service and spoke to Claire Gleeson and Henry Glass. Claire is speaking as a staff member of the service, while Henry shares his experiences as a student of Trinity College who has benefited from the supports the Disability Support Service Provides. This interview provides a good insight into college life and supports available for anyone starting college, as well as providing some top tips for students with Autism in college, and their parents Thanks for watching!

A blind student's guide to choosing a university | Education. Choosing a university can be difficult for any student, but being blind brings all kinds of extra considerations. Obviously, there isn’t one university in the UK that is a perfect fit for every blind student. We’re all individuals with an incredible variety of interests and support requirements. I changed my mind repeatedly about courses and campuses, and over a long period of indecision I learned a lot about how to pick a place that met my needs. By asking yourself questions about precisely what kind of institution you want to attend, and by reaching out to both staff and students on campus, you’ll end up at a university that is not only accessible, but also meets your academic goals and offers a fulfilling experience.

Here’s my advice on how to do it: Visit as many campuses as possible I strongly believe that you can go to any university in the UK as a blind student; your disability shouldn’t prevent you from applying anywhere. Pay attention to public transport Consider the campus layout. Getting Around UCD VideoMap Series - Intro. Student Toolkit – A Guide to Succeeding in College. Planning the trannsition to college. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase and download a printable PDF version of the workbook, or scroll down to learn more about what's inside. If you would like to order a full colour, spiro bound version of the workbook, please contact us at for shipping costs.

Designed to support students with additional needs or disabilities from the age of 15 years upwards. This resource is divided into into six skill units, providing parents, families, teachers and other professionals with resources for planning successful transitions from secondary school. The workbook helps students to identify strengths, challenges, needs and aspirations, and to turn these into achievable goals, focusing on: Building personal skills Developing learning skills Exploring post-transition options Using human and technological support Learning to be independent Managing the transition bridge Click on the Buy Now button below to purchase and download a printable PDF version of the workbook.

AutismUni Best Practice Guide 02. Succeeding in College with ADHD. ADHD support at third level: ‘It’s better to get help, even if you feel babied’ There are a number of supports available to students with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in colleges around the country. All are there to help you make the most of your college experience, both academically and socially. Register yourself Make sure that your first port of call is to register with the college’s disability or access office. “Some people can get very worried about disclosure, that it would go against them, but it doesn’t,” says Ann Heelan, executive director of Ahead, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability. “All the colleges have very clear policies about equality and support.

The office may already be aware, from your CAO form, that you will need assistance and the staff may contact you. To receive support you’ll usually have to provide verification of your disability from a registered consultant or specialist. What kind of supports can I get? Settling in How to keep on top of course work Social life.

What Freshers' Week is like when you're deaf. Freshers’ Week at university is meant to be one of the most exciting experiences anyone can have. It’s the only week where it’s acceptable to drink your own weight in alcohol and eat copious amounts of Salt and Pepper, Oki’s and Efe’s. And of course, let’s not forget the all-important first time at Willow (#RIP). But imagine what freshers’ week is like when you’re deaf – like me. I’ve been deaf since birth, but after many years of trial and error on what works best, I now have two cochlear implants. These are devices which enable to hear much better than ever before, but this doesn’t mean that my hearing is anywhere near as good as anybody who isn’t deaf.

Freshers’ Week could be thought as many deaf people’s ideas of a nightmare. With me, however, this wasn’t the case. A classic example of a fresher event is a crawl of the finest bars and clubs where you can drink, chat and, of course, dance your heart out. I guessed it wrong Becomes rather awkward when I get it wrong, though. 8 Tips for Starting College. Years of watching American tv shows and movies have prepared you for this moment, or at least given you a very unrealistic view of what college life is. You’re now a fresher! My first week of college included a first year pizza party, a lock and key “ball” (on reflection the innuendo went totally over my head), a county colours night (standard) and a UV paint party (too messy for my liking). The first week of lectures was filled with much confusion over building names and room locations, the realisation of “Oh!

The notes are on Moodle - fab!” And clinging to the few people you made friends with during orientation week. If you’re going to a college where you know no one else, it can be a little intimidating. So how can I help prepare you for fresher life? Put yourself out there Don’t be afraid to start conversations with whoever you sit beside in lectures, or to go to that party of a kind-of-a-friend of that person you met during induction week who you’ve kind of talked to a little. Disclosure. Disclosure means informing someone or to make the information known, in this case to the employer or your college, about your disability, specific learning difficulty or mental health difficulty.

Deciding to disclose is your choice and often the decision to disclose or not is made on the basis of; weighing up the benefits of reasonable accommodation workplace considerations and the environment awareness against the cost of labelling potential discrimination or differential treatment It is important to remember, that if you do not disclose, then the employer or college is not legally obliged to provide you with any supports or reasonable accommodation. Read the Legal Entitlements section for more information on this along with examples of different kinds of reasonable accommodations. Advice on Disclosing If you’re unsure on whether to disclose or not, why not answer the 5 questions below taken from our Disclosure publication.

What are you going to disclose? When will you disclose? Useful supports and services in college from Caerus Education. Disability Supports & Services. 1st Year: What to Expect. Fully accessible accommodation is difficult to secure and some students, especially students with a physical disability, will face difficulties when seeking accommodation.

The larger universities and colleges provide on-campus student rooms and residences, but only a small number of these may be fully accessible to those with mobility impairments, blind, or deaf students. On Campus Accommodation When students are applying for a college place, they should also contact the Disability/Access Officer and/or the Accommodation Officer in the college of their choice. The Disability Officer or the Accommodation Officer will be able to provide up to-date information on the availability of accessible on-campus accommodation. Unfortunately, securing a college place does not mean that you will also secure on-campus accommodation. Off Campus Accommodation Where colleges do not provide accessible on-campus accommodation, or where a student does not wish to live on-campus, local housing may be sought.

Blog: Surviving College 101. Wednesday, 26th August 2015 It’s that time of year again, students are busy preparing for the college year 2015/2016. Whether you’re going to college for the first time or returning to college for your next year, there are a lot of things to think about. We hope this blog will provide you with some ideas and a checklist to help make this busy time more manageable.

It is important that you are aware of additional costs involved in going to college bar the obvious ones such as rent, bills, food, transport, credit for your mobile phone and of course enough money to have a social life! Student Contribution Fee The Student Contribution Fee or Registration Fee as it’s sometimes called, is a fee that undergraduates students who are in receipt of the ‘Free Fees’ scheme have to pay.

It is currently €3,000 for the 2015/16 academic year. However, if you have been awarded a Student Maintenance Grant, you will more than likely have this fee or a percentage of it paid on your behalf. Registration Week. Helping Students Transition to College 21 Tips. Moving on to college - Siraj's story. University challenge 2013. My Asperger's makes living with other students a struggle. Starting university is a big step for everyone, but for me it was a little more daunting as I have Asperger’s syndrome. The National Autistic Society (NAS) describes the condition as a “hidden disability” because you can’t tell from someone’s appearance that they have it.

The main symptoms of the condition, which is a form of autism, are problems with social communication, interaction and imagination. Some common characteristics include a love of routines, having special interests and sensory difficulties. Asperger’s made living with other students a challenge during my first year at university, which I have just completed. Because some of the most common problems associated with Asperger’s are related to socialisation, meeting new people and making friends was extremely difficult.

Moving in with new flatmates is hard – people you’ve never met before become a huge part of your everyday life and, for some, this is too much. It isn’t just the social side of things that are challenging. Guide for staff in FE HE. Starting University | Preparing for Adulthood. Chanelle tells us about her transition to Liverpool University. "Wow! " I thought to myself as I stepped into University to enrol for the first year. I felt nervous but excited at the same time. I was greeted by a member of the Inclusion Team who helps people with learning difficulties. In Sixth Form College, I struggled to find a career path suitable for me.

The tutors seemed very nice and very understanding when I explained to them about my hearing impairment. As I had settled in and said my goodbyes to my parents, I took a deep breath and walked out of my room and into the kitchen. Freshers week came. I did however encounter a problem, as before I started university, I needed to participate in a needs assessment for support.

The last semester was very difficult however. I have now finished the second year with high marks and a smile on my face. 5 Tips for New College Students with Disabilities. College & university | Young People's Experiences with Epilepsy. Here young people talk about their experiences of studying at college or university, the impact epilepsy had on studying and what helped them in their studies. Studying and courseworkSeveral young people we spoke with were either studying at university or at college. A few had found getting into university relatively easy but several had struggled to find a suitable course. Some said that, partly because of the problems caused by the epilepsy or the medication (for example concentration and memory problems, general disruption caused by frequent seizures), their A-level results hadn't been good enough for them to get into university and they'd had to modify their plans.

<div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div> view profile Profile Info Age at interview: Sex: Female Age at diagnosis: Background: Rachael is 25 and full-time student nurse. I had this interview at one of the universities I'd been offered a place at. Clair is 22 and a full-time support worker. Male Okay what's that then? Being a Student AS Support Service Disability Service:Trinity College Dublin. Progressing through College: Being an Undergraduate Transitioning from secondary school to third level education and experienced your first year as an undergraduate student presents a challenging experience for many students.

In particular, moving from a strictly ordered regime of classes and homework to a setting where class attendance is mostly optional and coursework assigned weeks before the deadline is quite shocking for new students. It is therefore very important for new students to establish a strong work ethic and sense of discipline, as far too often students decide to skip classes and enjoy themselves before getting a rude awakening during their first set of exams or missed assignment deadline. That is not to say that students should forego socialisation and co-curricular activities entirely. Third Level Guide to Education for Students with AS: Check out these videos of students with AS talking life in Trinity College Dublin: Progressing through College: Being a Postgraduate. DIT Careers - Engaging First Years. Employability is "the development of a set of aptitudes, attitudes and attributes which enable DIT students and graduates to develop academically, vocationally, socially and personally, empowering them to contribute meaningfully to society and the economy in career paths which are personally fulfilling and successful”.

(Kilmartin, 2014) Connect, Commit, Communicate - Transition into First Year workshop The workshop was developed in response to a number of key agendas and objectives of DIT - namely Student Engagement, Employability and Retention. It ties in very closely with the DIT STEER initiatives around the first year experience. to ensure that every first year has the opportunity to participate in the workshop within the first six weeks of starting collegeto support first year tutors and other campus life colleagues to deliver the workshop, thereby ensuring its sustainability DIT Student Transition; Expectations; Engagement and Retention.

Reflections of a First Year | Dublin City University. Rebecca reflects on her first year in college, and offers five lessons to help you in your initial year of studying abroad. It seems like it was just yesterday that I had my first week of lectures, and as I look back on this year I can honestly say that it has flown by so quickly. But, as the lectures and exams came to a close, I have had some good time to reflect on my first year here at DCU, and I’d like to share some lessons I have learned so far! Lesson 1: Get involved During my first year orientation, I remember one of the DCU representatives saying that the first month of college will determine a lot about the remainder of the year. Although at the time I didn’t think they were right, I now see that this statement rings with truth. The first month of college is extremely exciting and, if I’m honest, a little bit intimidating. Lesson 2: Become friends with your college library Lesson 3: Make connections with your international office Lesson 4: Check your student email daily [subscribe2]

Life at UCD - Students Unplugged - Advice for First Years. Take my advice - My life on campus - Pathways to Trinity. Top tips for college newbies - TCDSU Mental Health Week 2011 "Dear First Year Me" How to survive School and College with Asthma. Surviving College as a Coeliac. HADD College Guide for Students with ADHD.