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Marino Institute of Education - Disability Services

Marino Institute of Education Disability Services is provided by Trinity College Dublin, in conjunction with the MIE Access Officer.

The Disability Service aims to develop clear and effective support systems at all stages in the student journey, from entering university, to graduation, to employment.

Students with a disability are encouraged to register with the Disability Service at MIE to seek supports where the disability could affect their ability to participate fully in all aspects of their life in college.

Here are a few, but not all, of the supports and services available to students with disabilities:

  • Advice to Leaving Certificate students thinking of coming to MIE on admission, course choices, and supports

  • A tailored pre-university orientation programme for entrants and parents

  • A Disability Officer who will assess your needs and work with you during your student journey

  • The use of assisted technologies to assist in your learning

  • Occupational Therapy support, which provides confidential, practical support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties and/or physical and sensory difficulties.

  • Pre-placement planning and support

  • Liaison with tutors/lecturers to help arrange accessible programme materials

  • Extended library loans

  • The disability service has in place a range of supports to ensure that students with disabilities have full access to the same facilities for study as their peers for example 

    Further information regarding the types of Disability Services support available please email:  disability@mie.ie

    If you have any queries regarding any of the Student Support Services, please ensure to contact our Access Officer, Louise Condon. 

    Tel.: 01 805 7752

    Email: access@mie.ie

How to register with the MIE Disability Service

Incoming Students can register with the Disability Service in a number of different ways some of which are listed below.  

applying via DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) which is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January in the year of entry who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability on their second level education. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.  Students who are considered to be DARE eligible may secure a place on a reduced points basis. DARE offers are conditional on registration with the Disability Service. Details of the numbers of DARE places can vary significantly every year. The amount of points a particular course is reduced by is dependent on a number of factors, which are:
- The overall number of places on the course
- The number of reduced points DARE and / or HEAR places on the course
- The number of DARE and/or HEAR eligible applicants competing for these reduced points places.

Please note that, being eligible for DARE and/or HEAR does not guarantee you a reduced points place.  

Disclosing their disability and wish to avail of supports when completing the pre-registration form online 

Disclosing their disability and wish to avail of supports at registration during their 'Induction' in September

Continuing Students;

Continuing students are always welcome to register with the Disability Service at any stage during the course of their studies. However, the earlier you register with us, the better able we will be to make sure that you get the support you need.  Students should update the 'Disability' section on their Maestro account and contact the Access Officer directly (contact details below). 

Registration with the Disability Service will involve submitting Evidence of Disability and meeting the Disability Officer for a Needs Assessment. 

If you wish to register with the Disability Services and you would like to find out further information on the registration process you can contact the MIE Access Officer by emailing access@mie.ie or by calling 01 805 7752

Reasonable Accommodations Application Process

How to Apply for Reasonable Accommodations with the Disability Service

Applications for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service can be broken down into 12 easy steps and most of the process takes place online via Maestro, your student portal. 

Please note that if you have already applied for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service in previous academic years there is no need to re-apply.

For a detailed step by step guide on the Registration Process to apply for Reasonable Accommodations in MIE please click here

Academic Supports

Course / subject help

Specialist Academic Support

Dr. Alison Doyle is working in Trinity to provide specialist academic support on a one to one basis.

The academic supports include but are not limited to:

  • Creating bespoke study and exam timetables
  • Teaching specific skills (essay structure, revision techniques, referencing, thesis)
  • Strategies for reading academic journals and texts
  • Using online technology to improve writing
  • Organising Blackboard calendars and managing assignment deadlines
  • Transition support for students with Asperger’s Syndrome

Referral for this support is via your Disability Officer please email access@mie.ie to inquire about making an appointment.

For more information about the Academic supports available to students in MIE please click here

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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT), provides helpful information and support about how you can make use of technology and adapt it to your study needs. Assistive Technology is defined as "any use of technology that helps you perform a task more easily".

Assistive Technology is a broad field, ranging from the use of very simple technology - for example, your mobile phone or e-mail - to very complex technology, such as use of voice recognition software or technology that will read aloud information from your computer screen.

Meeting with the Assistive Technology Officer

If you feel you have specific requirements in your use of Assistive Technology you can ask your Disability Officer to make appointment with our Assistive Technology officer, Andrew Costello, to ensure that the technology matches your study needs and environment.  Please email access@mie.ie to arrange an appointment.

For more information about the AT supports available to students in MIE please click here

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Mental Health Transition Planning


Transitioning to College

For students with a mental health difficulty transitioning from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), or with a diagnoses in later life - it is important to consider your options in terms of managing your mental health.

If you are transitioning from the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) as you enter Marino Institute of Education it is important for you to decide if you will need to engage with the adult mental health services (AMHS) available.

An Irish study looking at the transition from CAMHS to AMHS published in 2015 found that problems in transitions typically disrupt continuity of care and can have a serious impact on service users. The average wait time from referral to AMHS from CAMHS was approximately 8 weeks. Please bear this in mind and start the process as soon as it is possible in conjunction with your treating team.

The study also highlighted that although 76% of the cases they reviewed were deemed to require on-going support following discharge from CAMHS, less than a third were referred. There can be many reasons for this including the students themselves not wanting to be referred. However, bearing in mind the many changes and stresses which can arise with starting college it is very important to consider a transfer of care to an adult service regardless of where you are living. This may involve parents having to advocate on their child’s behalf.

Those with ADHD where least likely to be referred to AMHS despite research showing that up to 60% of children diagnosed with ADHD continue to meet diagnostic criteria in adulthood. The ability to concentrate and manage your everyday routine is a necessity in a students’ everyday life if they are to have the best chance of reaching their potential.
For more information on this research, please see here.

Transitioning or changing AMHS

If you are already engaged with an adult mental health service prior to commencing your course and are moving to Dublin, it is worth considering whether you should remain with your local service. If you feel you have a good relationship with your local service and you feel your mental health is stable this may be your best option.

If you feel that it is not feasible to remain with your local service or that you need more regular and intensive input from a mental health service you will need a transfer of care. This transfer of care can be arranged by either your treating team or your GP. Please remember that it is important to start this process as soon as possible as it can take some time to complete.

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