The Disability Office at Maynooth University coordinates a range of academic supports that put you, the student, at the centre of your academic journey. Once you get here, you'll find that Maynooth University is a modern campus with accessible lecture theatres and buildings. Technology is widely used by lecturers, and assistive technology is available all across the campus. The Disability Office can help support students with comprehensive learning support programmes, state-of-the-art technology, and a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Our supports will help you become independent in your learning, easing the transition from school to college and from college to career. 

Drop-in hours for the Disability Office are from 12pm – 2pm daily where you can call in without an appointment during these times and someone will be available to meet with you. You can also schedule an appointment with your Disability Advisor if you have any additional requirements you would like to discuss or if you would like us to review the supports that are in place. The Disability Office is located within the Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP). 

Getting to University

There is no one route to third level. Some university students come straight from secondary level, others come to college later in life, some come from overseas and all pursue a variety of courses. The National Council for Special Education has published an Information Booklet on Post School Options for Adults and School Leavers with Disabilities and AHEAD have a range of information and resources on ways that students with disabilities can access college ahead.ie/accessingcollege.

School Leavers

Applicants with a disability applying for full-time undergraduate degrees at Maynooth University apply through the CAO. As part of your CAO application you are given the opportunity to let us know if you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty. 
The CAO Handbook provides excellent information on completing your CAO application and the steps involved in disclosing a disability or specific learning difficulty. 
You can also apply to DARE if you may not reach the points for your course because of the impact of your disability or specific learning difficulty.

Mature Students

Mature students who apply through the CAO can disclose a disability or specific learning difficulty as part of the CAO application. If you have been offered a place as a mature student and have not applied through the CAO you should contact the Disability Office to register with the service. 
It’s a really positive thing to tell us about your disability as this is the first step to receiving a variety of academic supports that will help you reach your full potential while studying at Maynooth University.
For more information on applying to Maynooth University as a mature student please visit the Mature Student Office.

QQI/ FETAC Students

Students with FETAC qualifications who apply through the CAO can disclose a disability or specific learning difficulty as part of the CAO application.
It’s a really positive thing to tell us about your disability as this is the first step to receiving a variety of academic supports that will help you reach your full potential while studying at Maynooth University.

Part-time and International students are also encouraged to register with the Disability Office.

Top Tips for Students

  • Make sure you know what documentation is required to register with the Disability Office.
  • Check out Undergraduate Studies for advice on course choices and Open Days.
  • Visit the campus and ask for a tour; discover the University’s student supports that are available.
  • Think about the academic and personal skills you’ll need at college.
  • Get in contact with the Disability Office as soon as you are offered your course.
  • Put your name down for on campus accommodation if you are moving to Maynooth.
  • Visit StudentFinance.ie to make sure you know your entitlements.
  • Take a Library Tour, learn to use the Library website and add the Library Moodle space.
  • Follow @MU_MAP on Twitter and get linked in with the office’s announcements, competitions & social activities.
  • Check out students with similar stories to find out how they got on at university.
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions that we get asked by students considering Maynooth.
  • Look at the Maynooth University Campus Life pages and think about what Clubs and Societies you’d like to join.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are some typical questions that students with disabilities ask about studying at Maynooth University. Click onto a section to find out more. If you have any other questions or need further clarification, please don't hesitate to get in touch.