Access/Disability Office

Welcome to MISU

 

Giving you a voice, helping you to use it, enriching your college experience

Supporting students through their academic career by coordinating specialised services and providing information and advice on access issues.

Access & Disability Officer: Maura MooreMaura Moore

Where:

G01 (by Main Reception)

Opening Hours: 

Monday to Friday 9.30 - 12.30pm and 2 - 4.30pm.
Due to COVID -19, Access Office Staff are working remotely – see below for contact details.

Overview of Service/Supports

• Designated Support Service: for HEAR and DARE students. Provision of supports, Information, Advice and advocacy assistance.
• Needs Assessments: Needs Assessments for Students with Disabilities to identify the reasonable accommodations required to support your academic programme. Students with disabilities/ongoing medical conditions regardless of college entry route are encouraged to contact the office
• Financial assistance: Information on the ESF Student Assistance Fund and other sources of financial assistance to assist students struggling financially.

Contact with the Access & Disability Support Service

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Meetings: The Access Office staff will be working remotely for Autumn Semester 2020.
While working remotely, meetings will be scheduled by the office via MS TEAMS. Where a face one to one meeting is required, it will be arranged with Health & Safety procedures in place.

 

Further Information

Detailed information is available on MIC Student Portal in relation to Registering with the Disability Service and the types of supports available as well as information on how to make an application Financial Assistance.

The Student Welfare Fund (SWF) 

The Access/Disability Office administers the Student Welfare Fund which is an emergency discretionary fund is used to assist students at Mary Immaculate College.  The fund originates directly from MISU and resources are targeted at those students most in need, on a once-off basis each year, subject to the availability of funding. Students who apply to the fund are assessed on an individual and confidential basis.

Application Procedure

Students are advised to contact the Access/Disability Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance who will discuss the student’s need for financial assistance in the strictest of confidence. This may involve making a referral to other services within the College or linking with external agencies, as appropriate. She may also outline the application procedure and assist students in completing the SWF application form.

Students are required to return their completed application form directly to the Access/Disability Officer and must provide supporting documentation along with their application to verify their financial situation and requirements. Examples of other supporting documentation that may be required include the following:

Demand Notice

Receipts for expenditure incurred (e.g. medical emergencies)

Proof of Income e.g. confirmation of student grant, social welfare statements, pay slips/P.60 (if applicable)

Proof of Income for Parents/Spouse (if applicable).

Recent Bank Statement (which includes transactions for two calendar months).

When to Apply

This depends on a student’s individual circumstances if they feel they are in a crisis or emergency situation at any time during the academic year.

Categories of Funding

Funding is available under the following category; 

Exceptional circumstances

Circumstances that may require emergency funding e.g. changes in circumstances or unforeseen difficulties during the academic year.

  

For further Information: Dee Kennelly, General Manager, Mary I Students’ Union (MISU), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.