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…

Introduction to Inclusion

As students with disabilities, we have all had different experiences of inclusion, and it has not always been positive, and often it has been disheartening.  As a person who is profoundly deaf, I am left out of events that do not have subtitles, or when an ice breaker involves listening carefully for your name being…

The First Year Experience – Ben Rowsome

At the beginning of First Year, college is a new place with new people, new sounds, new smells, new surroundings, a new way of learning – in short, it’s a new way of living, and it can often be hard for students to adjust. Navigating your way around – everything from your timetable and where…

No one is unworthy of pride and acceptance -Aaron Donnelly

My disability is not always obvious. From a young age, I have suffered from severe depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. This seems like an extensive list, but it gives you a little insight into how I navigate my everyday life. It took years to receive diagnoses for all of these,…

Adding Another Label to Myself – Pride

Some of my earliest memories are of the subtle ways I was made to feel different because of my disability. I felt that receiving any extra help highlighted that there was something about me that made me stand out from my classmates. This resulted in a deep-rooted fear of not fitting in, that still affects…

Something else “different” about me – Pride

When I began to think about it I found that there were a number of similarities between my “disability” and being LGBT+. I have anxiety and a panic disorder, and that is the first similarity, it is a hidden disability. I also have the privilege of having what would be termed “straight passing” meaning that…