News & Events
AHEAD’s annual careers fair for students/graduates with disabilities is taking place in Citibank, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on 25th May.08 May 2018
There is a €5 registration for the day which includes 15 employer stands, mock interviews, and workshops, along with a headshot station for attendees. You can find more information about the day on our website.
UCC's Project under the HEA's Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Bursary Scheme Available to Support You to Become a Post Primary Teacher on the PME27 Nov 2017
Two Year Postgraduate Programme, Commencing August 2018Read more
Meagan McGlynn has compiled some tips for any autistic student, school-leaver or mature student who may be feeling a little on edge at the moment as they start a new chapter in their lives27 Oct 2017
The DSS supports 78 students with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (High Functioning Autism).Read more
01 Oct 2017
The DSS will be holding the following DSS Advice Clinics:
Wednesday 1st November: 6pm-8pm
Wednesday 29th November: 6pm-8pmRead more
30 Aug 2017
Disability rights campaigner Joanne O’Riordan hopes a special meeting with Chinese students could help change their state’s attitudes towards people with disabilities.
12 Sep 2017
The Student Experience Fair is an informal and relaxed opportunity for you to meet staff from the UCC Student Experience Of ce and a wide range of related student services.
The Disability Support Service in University College Cork is celebrating the arrival of eye-gaze technology which was purchased with funds raised from last year's A Summer's Evening on the Quad.11 May 2017
This state of the art technology allows anyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, to have a voice of their own, access to education and literacy, and control of everyday technology opening up new opportunities for students at UCC.
Mary O'Grady, Head of DSS said "This technology is going to transform the college experience of students with multiple disabilities, as it will facilitate their learning and access to the educational environment thereby enriching the quality of the University experience in UCC."
27 Apr 2017
The drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 11.00-12.45 for students with SpLD with Siobhan Colclough have now ended for the academic year 2016/2017.
They will begin again in the new academic year and notification will be sent to all SpLD registered students of the new times and day.
Please contact Siobhan via email if you have any queries firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more
20 Feb 2017
UCC hosted AsIAm Exhibition this week to raise awareness of what it is like to live and study for people that live with Autism.
Do you want to be more confident when it comes to disclosure? This workshop will provide an insight into both the student and employer perspective.21 Feb 2017Read more
06 Feb 2017
The aim of this pop-up exhibition is to engage young people, aged 16-22, in gaining a greater insight into what it is like to live with Autism. While many people have heard the word Autism, very few truly understand it and fewer still have a sense of what it is actually like to face the challenges those with Autism experience.
This exhibition is presented in a Q&A format which makes it accessible and engaging for visitors and includes an audio guide and a range of activities to enable visitors to “step into the shoes” of someone with the condition.Read more
21 Nov 2016
Colleges and universities that take part in the DARE scheme run a number of information days and open days throughout the year for guidance counsellors and students who are thinking of applying to college.Read more
21 Nov 2016
The Disability Support Service, UCC has arranged a number of DARE Clinics in UCC, where students, parents, teachers and any interested parties, can attend to find out more about the DARE process.Read more
21 Nov 2016
This is a one hour information session during College Awareness Week on Thursday 24th of November for 5th and 6th year post primary students with disabilities in the Leixlip, Maynooth and Celbridge area (and their parents). The focus of the session will be the Disability Access Route to Education DARE and specific changes for 2017 applicants. For details see: http://accesscollege.ie/dare/
27 Jun 2016
So you’ve made it to college and you’re thinking ‘what now?’
AHEAD have developed a webpage that has all you need to know about what to look out for when you first arrive, how to get the educational support you need as a student with a disability, the different types of funding available and the many different services open to all on campus.Read more
26 Apr 2016
UCC Disability Support Service in association with Aspect Presents:
22 Mar 2016
A new handbook entitled Hands on: Feel the Music devised by Dr. Eva McMullan-Glossop sets out to help today's generation of blind musicians read braille music so they can further their music education at second and third level.Read more
15 Feb 2016
The Disability Support Service held a “Disability Confident” seminar on Tuesday 26th January from 10am to 1pm. The event featured 4 different speakers and was attended by 30 employers which included Abbott, Logitech, Citi, PepsiCo, Grant Thornton, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Eli Lilly, Boston Scientific, EMC, GSK, and State Street among others.Read more
12 Jan 2016
Date: Saturday January 16th 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm
Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm for information on the HEAR and DARE SchemesRead more
14 Sep 2015
A free, ten-week Writing Skills Course is now being offered to First Year students of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.Read more
12 Aug 2015
This short animation brought to you by AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (Ireland), gives five top tips for new college students who have a disability:Read more
12 Aug 2015The Disability Support Service (DSS) welcomes students with disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties to register with our service so that you can avail of a variety of supports that will enable you to succeed in 3rd Level:Read more
08 Jul 2015
The DSS in conjunction with Aspect (A.S. Support Service) are hosting a series of Employability Workshops taking place on July 8th, 9th, and 10th on UCC campus.Read more
21 Apr 2015
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live with a hearing Loss?Read more
11 Apr 2015
Please see below for details of the “UCC Disability Support Service Work Experience Programme” event which takes place next Tuesday 14th April in ORB 1.23 from 11am – 1pm.Read more
09 Mar 2015
A list of each issue of the DSS Info Ezine. Click on the image to open the ezine.Read more
28 Jan 2015
Invited to: Mindfulness Group
Time: Tuesdays 1.15pm - 1.45pm for six weeks (Starting Tuesday 27th January)
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body.
27 Jan 2015
UCC’s Disability Support Service welcomes students, parents, teachers and SNAs to an information evening on Assistive Technology and how it can enable students who learn differently to maximise their potential and offers training workshops on Assistive Technology to support second level students who struggle with reading/writing due to specific learning difficulties.
27 Nov 2014As part of College Awareness Week the Disability Support Service in UCC will host a worksop on November 28th for vision impaired students in the Senior Cycle. The morning session will focus on
- The iPad as a tool for class work and homework.
- Accessing electronic textbooks on the iPad.
22 Nov 2014
Students, parents, teachers, SNAs and all interested parties are welcome to attend.
10 Nov 2014
UCC students are attempting a world record attempt — in a hula-hoop challenge.
Staff and students from the UCC will come together to break a Guinness World Record for creating the longest human chain to pass through a hula-hoop. It is hoped that more than 600 people will participate.
10 Nov 2014
The Disability Support Service in conjunction with the Students Union, will hold a ‘Walk in My Shoes Day’ in UCC on next Tuesday, November 11th.
The purpose of the day is to help remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties – with a particular focus on young adults.
We are requesting that everyone within the University – students and staff – wear mismatched shoes and socks for the day to show support for the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ national campaign.
05 Nov 2014
A Stress Management Class for Students
16 Sep 2014
A free, ten-week Writing Skills Course is now being offered to First Year students of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. This course is funded by CACSSS.Read more
09 Sep 2014
This year the new UCC First Year Experience App has been launched and is available for iPhone and Android.Read more
22 Jul 2014
The DSS is please to announce details of the DARE Advice Clinics for 2014/15.
To view dates and venues of the clinics please clickRead more
29 May 2014
This is a unique opportunity to hear about career opportunities for students with a disability. You will also have the chance to meet personally with industry representatives in a networking situation.Read more
20 May 2014
28th May Vision Impaired students. ( Primary school students)
29th May Deaf/Hard of Hearing students ( Primary school students)
30th May Physical disability students ( Primary school students)
4th June Vision Impaired students ( 2nd level)
5th June Deaf/Hard of Hearing students (2nd level)
6th June Physical disability students ( 2nd level)
All workshops run from 10am to 3pm.
20 May 2014
The Disability Support Service is running AT workshops for primary and second level students with specific learning difficulties to promote the awareness and use of technology to help maximise their academic potential.
01 Apr 2014
The AHEAD Conference 2014 was a huge success with 200+ attendees descending on Dublin Castle from across the world to share ideas about including studentswith disabilites in all aspects of the college experience.Read more
18 Mar 2014
The Disability Service in UCC hosted an Exhibition / Workshops in Assistive Technology on Wednesday March 12th. The objective of the Exhibition was to raise awareness of a variety of software and hardware that can empower students/people with disabilities to achieve optimum independence and success in education/employment. Exhibitors on the day travelled from the UK, Galway and Dublin but also included a number of Cork based companies
Assistive Technology Outreach (UCC)
Cork Deaf Association
The Brite Initiative
24 Feb 2014
AHEAD are holding a number of key events in the coming months.Read more
19 Feb 2014
23 Workplacement opportunities now available for Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties in
The Civil Service
14 Jan 2014
The Disability Support Service is delighted to announce that it will hostRead more
Deaf Awareness Training for UCC staff.
04 Sep 2012
The following training schedule has been designed to help students learn important study skills, especially in the lead up to exams. Each class is delivered by an experienced tutor in small groups and lasts about 50 minutes.
The timetable for each session is below, all DSS students are welcome to attend and there is no charge for these classes.
National Guidelines for Working with Nursing and Midwifery Students with a Disability or Specific Learning Difficulty in Clinical Practice19 May 2013
These guidelines have been developed in consultation with representatives from the nursing schools and are aimed at nurse preceptors, tutors and those nurses and midwives who work in clinical practice settings with students who have a disability or specific learning disability. The guidelines have been designed for practical use in clinical settings and include templates for use when assessing student needs and evaluating levels of risk in the workplace.Read more
20 Aug 2012
Work Placement Opportunities For Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties In Citi, DublinRead more
01 Oct 2012
The DSS will have information stands at the following events and will be available to answer your questions about DARE and the supports available for students with disabilities in UCC.Read more
01 Oct 2012
The DSS is offering the following DARE clinics for DARE applications 2013.
Please phone 021-4902985 for more information and to register your place.Read more
14 Jan 2014
There are some vacancies in this semesters free, ten-week Writing Skills course for First YearRead more
students of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies.
29 Apr 2015
Student Wellbeing Newsletter on dealing with stress and anxiety is now available on their Facebook Page at:
20 Jan 2017
AHEAD has gathered together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions they receive through our helpline.Read more