Students Information on Disability


Association for Higher Education Access and Disability is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.  AHEAD - How we help students & graduates with disabilities succeed (Video)


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.

Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD)

The FSD is one of the main funding sources supporting participation by students with disabilities in approved further and higher education courses in Ireland. It also supports students from Ireland to study on approved courses in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU countries.

Eligible students on an approved course can receive assistance from post-leaving certificate to doctoral level during any year of study. Full-time undergraduate courses must be not less than two years in duration. Part-time undergraduate courses must be not less than one year in duration. Postgraduate courses must be not less than one year in duration.

Post-School Education and Training 

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) in association with the National Disability Authority (NDA) has published an information booklet about the full range of post-school education and training options for adults and school leavers with disabilities.

The NCSE booklet contains summary information on all of the main programmes and supports available to students with disabilities. It also provides convenient links and signposts to where more information and guidance on these programmes can be found.

Information on Options for Adults and School Leavers with Disabilities: Post-School Education and Training (Booklet)

Information on Post-School Options for School Leavers and other Adults with Disabilities:
Higher Education (Pamphlet)
Information on Post School Options for Rehabilitative Training and Adult Day Services (Pamphlet)


Search CAO courses on Qualifax which have specific supports available for students with disabilities. 


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