Adults 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)

Mature Students

Universities and colleges actively encourage applications from mature candidates. Mature students are those aged 23 years or older on 1 January in the year of entry.

Mature students have a wealth of knowledge and experience with which they make a valuable contribution to college life and to society. Many colleges and universities embrace the ethos of lifelong learning and are committed to the objective of widening participation. In order to increase participation of adult learners, they continually work towards wider entry routes for mature students.

Each college and university provides a range of supports, from advice on computers and technology to learning and study skills, health services, child care and financial aid. For more information about admission routes for mature students, contact the Access Office of your chosen college or university.

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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