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Better Options 2016 - College Fair for Students with Disabilities

10:00 - 13:00, Nov 23rd, O'Brien Science Centre, UCD, Belfield Campus

Accessibility Information | Getting There | Exhibitor List | Schedule

This year's Better Options college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties will take place in the O'Brien Science Centre, UCD on Nov 23rd 2016. This is an ideal fair for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by colleges as well as garner key information on the access routes for those with disabilities.

Many major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and useful seminars will run concurrently.

When: 10:00-13:00, Nov 23rd 2016

Where: O'Brien Science Centre, UCD, Belfield Campus

Cost: Free - registration is not required, just show up!

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Schedule - List of Seminars

Exhibition - O'Brien Science Centre - Concourse

10:00 - 13:00 - Exhibition Hall

George Moore Auditorium - Adjacent to the Exhitor Space

All Seminars will take place in the George Moore Auditorium. This is directly adjacent to the concourse of the O'Brien Science Centre where the colleges and other organisations will exhibit and host stands.

10:45 Welcome & Introduction

10:55 What to Expect from Your Disability Service

Julie Tonge (UCD) & Declan Treanor (Trinity College Dublin)

11:15 Making the Most of Your College Experience

Caroline McGrotty (AHEAD)

11:30-12:00 DARE: What Is It and How to Apply

Bob O’Mhurcu (DIT)

12:30 Making Sure Guidance Works for Students with Disabilities

Mary Quirke (AHEAD)

A-Z Exhibitor List

  • Assistive Technology - Try it Out!
  • Blackrock College
  • Blanchardstown Institute of Technology
  • City of Dublin ETB (National Learning Network)
  • Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art,
  • Design + Technology"
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Gaisce
  • HADD Ireland
  • Harper Adams University (UK)
  • HEA - Erasmus
  • Killester College of Further Education
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National College of Ireland
  • Qualifax
  • See Change
  • Tallaght Institute of Technology
  • Teagasc
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin

Getting There

The UCD Belfield Campus is located in Dublin 4, just off the N11. Since parking is extremely limited during term time, we stongly recommend taking public transport to Better Options where possible. To view a map of disabled parking bays on campus, please click here. UCD Belfield is served by a host of Dublin Bus routes, the most frequent being the 46A, 145 and 39a. See the Dublin Bus website for further info on routes to UCD and timetabling information. Once on campus, you can use this campus map from the Getting Around UCD VideoMap Series and watch the accompanying videomaps below to get to the O'Brien Science Centre. The Science Centre is marked B on the map.

From the N11 UCD Bus Stop to the O'Brien Science Centre - Video Map

Take the Red Route from the N11 Bus Stop to the O'Brien Science Centre:

From the UCD On Campus Bus Stop to the O'Brien Science Centre - Video Map

First take the Blue Route from the Campus Bus Stop to the James Joyce Library, then follow the Yellow Route from Library to the O'Brien Science Centre.

Better Options Video - Standard Version

Better Options Video - ISL Version


If you have any accessibility requests, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements.

Should you have any queries, please email ahead@ahead.ie


Creating Inclusive Environments in Education and Employment for People with Disabilities

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