AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


Into Clubs & Societies

Below you'll find some tips and advice for students with disabilities on getting involved with clubs and societies in college.


  • Get involved: You will make great friends, feel part of the college community, and it will be good for your future career.
  • Talk to everyone: To find the best way to get involved, talk to other students in your college.
  • Try something new: With loads of clubs and societies to choose from, don’t be afraid to try something new. If it doesn’t work out, try another one. 
  • Advocate for yourself: If you have support needs, identify what they are, and ask will your needs be supported.
  • Get the Balance Right: Make sure to balance your social involvement with your academic requirements.

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Vivian Rath

Vivian Rath, PhD Researcher, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Vivian is currently undertaking a PhD researching the social involvement and sense of belonging experiences of students with disabilities in higher education. Previous to that he completed an MSc in Business Management where he researched the employment of graduates with disabilities. He was a director of AHEAD for 6 years, and a founding member of the national third level mental health campaign Pleasetalk.ie. He has extensive experience providing supports to people with disabilities accessing education and employment opportunities. 

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