Lack of inclusion rather than deliberate exclusion

One’s experience of inclusion will more than likely vary from one person to the next. For people with a disability, these experiences can sometimes be positive, while others often have less fortunate experiences … As a person with autism, I have a lot of social anxiety, to the point that I have often been excluded…

Invisibles of Trinity -Part V

Having Epilepsy is an everyday challenge; since I can have a seizure attack anytime and anywhere – it could be absence seizure or tonic-clonic seizure. It could occur during lectures or while I am just walking or even just having lunch with my classmates. Plus it could happen more than once in a day and…

Invisibles of Trinity -Part IV

Having an invisible disability is a strange thing. Sometimes you think it’s glaringly obvious, like your disability is written across your forehead in permanent marker. You fear that everyone you meet is making presumptions about you, jumping to conclusions. Other times it’s so concealed that even you question whether it’s real. There is, after all,…

Invisibles of Trinity -Part III

Before arriving at Trinity College Dublin as a Computer Science student and even before my diagnosis of bring on the Autistic Spectrum I was already aware of my difficulties in social encounters, especially in group work. In conversation my “radar” is limited in picking up all the subtle messaging that we all give out and…

Invisibles of Trinity -Part II

Having a disability can be annoying, but so too can waking up at 2 am for a 6 am flight. However, when the Ryanair trumpets play and you lookout to see the sparkling Mediterranean, you realise it was worth getting up early for. When you have a disability, you learn to adapt, and I often…

Invisibles of Trinity -Part I

When I first came to university, I was too shy to ask for help. I knew the Disability Service was there to aid with reasonable accommodations during exam time but I did not know what help they could offer me beyond that. I suffer from chronic fatigue, I found daily obstacles from studying and commuting…

A positive thing rather than a sacrifice -Exclusion

Anaphylaxis and Asthma are serious conditions, but I have had a smoother experience than most when it comes to inclusion. Although I take them with me everywhere, I go. Most of the time, they don’t become an issue. Avoiding risk is second nature, and I barely have to think about it. I have felt excluded…

The Google Student with Disabilities Scholarship -Daniel Kelly

Hello, my name is Daniel and last year I finished my Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from TCD and this year I will be starting my Masters Degree in Information Security at UCL this September. The Google SwD Scholarship is a scholarship for 10 university students with a disability who are awarded a lump sum…