The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) is co-funded by the Irish Government and European Union under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Programme 2014-2020.

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). 

The supports for students with disabilities provided by the Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) together with the Fund for Students with Disabilities, are co-funded by the Government of Ireland Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. 
 

Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) is co-funded by the Irish Government and European Union under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Programme 2014-2020. 

The purpose of the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) is to assist further and higher education institutions in ensuring students with disabilities have the necessary assistance and equipment to enable them access, fully participate in and successfully complete their chosen course of study. The FSD is one of the main funding sources supporting participation by students with disabilities in approved further and higher education courses in Ireland. It also supports students from Ireland to study on approved courses in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU countries.

Eligible students on an approved course can receive assistance from post-leaving certificate to doctoral level during any year of study. Full-time undergraduate courses must be not less than two years in duration. Part-time undergraduate courses must be not less than one year in duration. Postgraduate courses must be not less than one year in duration.

To be eligible for support under the FSD, a student on an approved course must:

  • have a verifiable disability in one or more of the categories outlined 
  • meet the nationality and residency criteria outlined;
  • be a participant on a full-time course or may be a participant on a part-time course under pilot approach for 2018; AND
  • have a verified need for specific supports to enable attendance on their chosen course.

Please note  a claim under the FSD is made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the FSD by students.

For more information, please contact the Access office. Students are advised to register with the Access office as soon as possible so that supports available through the FSD can be accessed.

Further information on the FSD is available here

Maynooth University Undergraduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The Maynooth University Undergraduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2019/20 is now open. This scholarship is for students in the first year of their undergraduate degree for the first time. If successful, the amount awarded is subject to the available funds and the financial need of the applicant; the maximum value is €2,000 per academic year. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship will be renewed for each year of the undergraduate degree.

The scholarship is open to students who:
· Are first time first year undergraduate students.
· Have a significant disability requiring a significant level of support from the Maynooth University Access Office *.
· Are experiencing financial difficulties.

Assessment of your application:

Your application will be reviewed and assessed based on impact of disability AND financial circumstances. Your disability needs assessment information, which you provided when you registered with the Access Office, will be used to support your application. To assess your financial situation, you must provide supporting financial documents (see below).

To apply:

Step 1: Gather and scan the financial documents relevant to your situation, as outlined in this Documents Checklist
Step 2: Complete the MU Undergraduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Online Application Form before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. You can upload your scanned financial documents on the online application form.
Step 3: In some cases, students may be asked to meet with the Student Budgeting Advisor. You will be notified if this is the case.

Once your application is submitted you will receive an automatic confirmation email. Your application will be reviewed and the outcome will be communicated to your Maynooth University email address.
 

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.

 

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The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) is co-funded by the Irish Government and European Union under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Programme 2014-2020.