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


Into Freshers Year

Below you'll find some tips and advice for students with disabilities entering their Freshers Year in college.


  • Access the Support: Make use of the support available to you in college. Register with the Disability/Access Service and make contact with the Disability Officer.
  • Enjoy the Social Side: College is a haven of clubs, societies & voluntary opportunities. Getting involved gives you a chance to have your voice heard, improve your CV and, most importantly, have fun.
  • Get involved in Student Politics: Not only will student politics help you keep in touch with what’s happening on campus, it’ll give you practice advocating for things you’re passionate about.
  • Make a Study Schedule: There is a lot of new changes in your first year of college. Making a study schedule will stop you from falling behind in your classes.
  • Ask for help: Find out who is your Student Union, class rep. and course coordinator. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you run into any problems.

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Hannah KellyHannah Kelly, Get AHEAD Coordinator, AHEAD

Hannah recently graduated with a degree in Journalism from DCU where she spent most of her time volunteering with different organisations and out visiting schools giving talks on alternative routes to college. Being part of the first generation in her family to go to college, education is something she is really passionate about and accessibility to education is an area she knew she wanted to work in from the moment she became an Access student in DCU.

Hannah is now the Get AHEAD Coordinator with AHEAD, engaging with students and running workshops to prepare them for life after college.

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