Tánaiste and Minister O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The National Access Plan for 2015-19 contains 5 key goals and more than 30 actions that are intended to assist under-represented groups to participate in third level education. It contains a number of targets for specific categories of students, including ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Reform of CAO process for disabled students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students from families who can afford to pay up to €700 for a psychologist’s report to support their case for entry to college on lower CAO points are set the lose the massive advantage they enjoy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 November]

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Provision of special needs supports for state exams to be reviewed

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to review its policy on the provision of supports for students with special needs after complaints this year from parents and disability campaigners …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Access All Areas

Posted in Life on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Jack Kavanagh discusses the challenges of returning to Trinity as a wheelchair user. In the first week after my injury, I remember lying in a hospital bed and miming to my friends through a mouthful of tubes, asking them to contact the Pharmacy Department and let them know that I’d be a few weeks late getting back to college …” (more)

[Jack Kavanagh, University Times, 26 March]

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College lecturers accused of not doing enough to include students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Around 60% of disability staff believe that academics are not doing enough to include students with disabilities in their courses. That’s according to a new report by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Higher education websites unsuitable for special needs students, says report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 23 September]

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Education and support vital to those with disabilities – ESRI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2014 by steve

“The ESRI is highlighting the importance of social supports and access to education in the lives of people with disabilities in Ireland. New research by the institute shows participation by people with disabilities in the workforce is low in Ireland when compared with other European countries …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 September]

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Getting yourself ready physically and practically for third-level life

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“So you’re off to college and you have a disability or specific learning difficulty; here’s how to get off to a good start. All the hard work has paid off: you have survived the Leaving Cert and you’re off to college …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 August]


Colleges may face funding cuts over access targets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level colleges could have funding cut if they do not meet new targets to improve access for disadvantaged, disabled and mature students. Despite progress in the last five years, many Higher Education Authority targets for participation by under-represented groups have not been met …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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Donegal, Laois have lowest level of higher education participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Donegal and Laois are the counties with the lowest level of participation in higher education but are still well ahead of underprivileged parts of Dublin, according to new estimates published today …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Strong supports at third level for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“People with disabilities may feel that considering studying at third level would be impossible, given the limitations of their circumstance. They may also feel they might be more successful in securing a college place if they hid their disability totally from the institutions they are hoping to secure a place in. On both counts they would be totally wrong …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 January]

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College fear for special needs pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2013 by steve

“Students with special educational needs are not getting enough support to help them go to college, according to new research …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 November]


College support urged for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2013 by steve

“Students with special needs should be given better supports on moving to college, but particularly on the transition to further education, researchers have recommended …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

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DARE to Prioritise Applicants with Physical or Sensory Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity has decided to give preference to students with physical/sensory disabilities in its DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) entry programme from 2014 …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 27 October]

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Disabled Students ‘Need Help’ As They Are Failed By Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Universities are failing disabled students, with only half having lecture theatres and libraries which can be accessed by wheelchairs, a damning report has revealed …” (more)

[Lucy Sherriff, Huffington Post, 3 October]

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Smart technology is smart learning

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“If the education system in 21st-century Ireland is to be fit for purpose, it must address how technology can support the education of all children and young people, including the one in 10 children with dyslexia …” (more)

[Donald Ewing, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Report on the participation rates of students with disabilities in third level launched by AHEAD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“A new report released today by the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) on the Participation Rates of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education for the Academic Year 2011/12 reveals that while the overall numbers of students with disabilities participating has risen 15% year on year since 2010/11 …” (more)

[Association for Higher Education Access & Disability, 28 January]


College earns top honours for disabled sports

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2012 by steve

“An Irish third-level institution has been recognised by the United Nations organisation for Education, Science and Culture as a centre of excellence in providing access to sport for people with disabilities …” (more)

[Independent, 3 December]

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The education system fails our citizens with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“… Research by the Association for Higher Education Access Disability shows that school-leavers with disabilities are four times less likely to progress to higher education. This correlates with the CSO figures, which indicate that disabled people are three times more likely to leave school before they are 15 and that disabled adults are twice as likely to be unemployed as nondisabled adults …” (more)

[Anne Heelan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Access is more than a ramp

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“Luke Kelly Melia is 13 years old and in primary school in Cavan. Well he was in school until he got an assistance dog and the school refused to allow him bring it to school. I first read about Luke in January and had not heard anything since and thought the matter had been sorted. However I was informed today that he is still not allowed to bring the dog to school …” (more)

[Maman Poulet, 6 March]

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