Other Supports and Services for Students with Disabilities

Depending on the college and the resources available, colleges may offer a range of additional services and supports above and beyond what is eligible for funding under the Fund for Students with Disabilities. These include:

  • Disability service with dedicated disability support staff
  • Measures to enhance the accessibility of buildings, such as wheelchair lifts
  • Non-standard admissions procedures, whereby students with disabilities may be admitted to a course without necessarily having achieved the full CAO points level for that course
  • Tailored induction programmes for students with disabilities or students with specific categories of disabilities
  • Access to student accommodation units (on campus or otherwise) reserved specifically for students with disabilities
  • Psycho-educational assessment for students experiencing problems associated with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia

Disability Access Route to Education - DARE

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.

DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

See http://accesscollege.ie/dare/
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