That's up to you, but we can support you more effectively if you tell us that you have a disability, health condition, mental health issue or specific learning difficulty that affects your studies. Maynooth University has a Disability Office which can work with you to help make sure you have what you need to make the most of your time in college.
You can register with the Disability Office at any time, even after you have started your course. It's a good idea to register as early as possible as you will need to have evidence of your disability to use some supports and sometimes supports can take a while to organise.
If you are coming to Maynooth University, and you wish to disclose then you must tick the Disability/ Specific Learning Difficulty Box on the CAO form. If you do disclose, remember that all information is kept strictly confidential. By ticking this box on the CAO form, we can, if necessary, begin to put in place supports for you in time for when you arrive. Ticking the box also allows you to be considered for DARE (Disability Access to Education Route).
Our students say we are. Did you know that Maynooth University has the highest number of students with disabilities - over 5% of our student body. We strive to create a community which is friendly and open and where diversity is expected and respected. We know that a disability can impact upon your ability to participate in university life which is why we work with students to help minimise that impact.
Maynooth University has a reputation for being welcoming and we have a strong tradition of encouraging broader access to third level. We have a wide range of services and supports for all students. Our academic and support staff are approachable and eager to help. From accommodation to finance, social life to your studies, Maynooth University has supports available to you. Just ask!
Physically, Maynooth University has two campuses. The North Campus is where most academic departments are based and most lectures and most teaching takes place. The majority of the buildings are modern and accessible. The large lecture theatres are fitted with T-loop systems and all newer multi story buildings have ramps and lifts. The South Campus has some older buildings and many administrative offices are located here. Some parts of our older buildings cannot be modified, but where possible all efforts have been made to make sure you can get to where you need to be. There are disability parking spaces and toilets readily available all over the campus.
While you don't need to be a computer genius and know what's happening inside a computer, getting comfortable with technology will help you a great deal at Maynooth University. The university actively promotes the use of technology in teaching. This is beneficial to learners who use assistive technology to read or view material. From a teaching perspective, most departments use Moodle, an online learning environment where you can access lecture notes, reading materials, quizzes, forums and chat. Maynooth University boasts an Assistive Technology Centre where you can find out about software and hardware that will help you study. WiFi is widely available across the campus which makes it easy for you to access the network from your own laptop or device.
The Library has assistive technology available for all users and has staff available to assist learners with finding books or using the services. They have also begun converting core texts into digital format for easier access on and off campus. Through the Library website, you can access thousands of core texts and electronic journals as well as electronic versions of past exam papers. You can borrow laptops to research online or use your own wifi-enabled device.
Assistive technology software such as TextHelp, Inspiration and AudioNotetaker are available on all computers throughout the campus. The Assistive Technology Centre has a full range of technology for learners registered with the Disability Office. Don't just take our word for it. Check out some of our student stories on YouTube.
There are a number of supports available to students with an on-going illness and your Learning Advisor will discuss your particular situation with you and work out the best ways to help. For example your Disability Advisor can help you to liaise with your Academic Department to keep lecturers informed of the situation and perhaps to request supplemental notes. If, due to illness, you have missed essential course teaching we may be able to provide you with academic tuition in the relevant academic areas, or learning support to help you to get back into the swing of things again. Talk to your Disability Advisor and explore the options that are best for you.
If you are a school-leaver with a disability and you think that you may not reach the points you need to get the course you want, you might be eligible for DARE (Disability Access Route to Education). A limited number of reduced-points places are available each year for students whose disability has significantly impacted on their academic performance in secondary school.
You tick the box on the CAO Application to indicate that you have a disability and then you opt into the DARE scheme and provide the necessary documentation.
You can find out more at www.cao.ie and www.accesscollege.ie.
Whether you decide to opt in for DARE or not, it is a good idea to tick the box on the CAO Application which will enable supports to be put in place before your arrival at university.