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


Into Nursing

Below you'll find some tips and advice for students with disabilities seeking to enter a course/career in nursing.


  • Register Early with support services in the first few weeks of first year.
  • Disclose your disability to us... and then we can help you!
  • We will help assess your needs both in nursing practice and in your academic endeavours.
  • Reasonable Accommodations will be offered to you where appropriate.
  • If you are in doubt or have questions, contact me - therese.danaher@dcu.ie.

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Therese DanaherTherese Danaher is a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at Dublin City University. Chairperson of SSNDP (Supporting Student Nurses with Disabilities in Practice), this committee consists of staff from the 9 DCU Health Partner services, DCU lecturers and staff from DCU's Disability and Learning Support services.  Past Chairperson of Nursing Network in Intellectual Disability in Ireland (NNIDI) from its inauguration until 2015 and one of the founder members of the group. Teach and facilitate students on all years of the BSc in nursing programme and coordinating modules on the MSc in Nursing / Health Care Practice with a specific focus on nursing people with intellectual disability. At undergraduate level my specialist topics are: intellectual disability and mental health problems and intellectual disability and epilepsy. Further teaching input includes working as a member of a teaching team on a module called “Improving Service with Cooperative Learning” which is contributing to improvements and changes within services for people with intellectual disability. Completed a one year Dublin Institute of Technology CPD Certificate programme in Friendships, Relationships and Sexuality Education for people with intellectual disabilities in 2015. Jointly coordinated the first 8 week national University Relationship and Sexuality Education programme for a group of people with intellectual disabilities in 2015. Practice links are with the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, St Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Services, Portrane and “Walk With You” Association, Walkinstown.

Therese Danaher qualifications are: MSc in Education and Training Management, RNID, RCNT, RNT, Cert. Ed.,Certificate in Friendship, Relationships and Sexuality Education, Dip in Counselling, Dip in Sociology, Reflexologist.

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