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Planning to go to college

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 26, 2012

 

Planning to go to college can be a daunting prospect for any student, but it can be quite overwhelming for applicants with a specific learning difficulty or disability.

Some applicants rule themselves out of the experience because they do not have sufficient confidence to pursue the college option. But they should be aware of the help on hand for them to do so.

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, seeks to increase the numbers of students with disabilities in third level education.

AHEAD is organising two one-day events in the coming week for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty, who are considering college options in Ireland.

  • The first takes place tomorrow, from 10am-2pm at Thomond Park, Cratloe Road, Limerick.
  • The second takes place on Wednesday, November 28, from 10.30am to 2pm in the Helix, Dublin City University.

Both events will involve interactive workshops on topics such as getting the most out of your disability service, the road to independent learning, how to apply through DARE, (the Disability Access Route to Education) and more. They are open to students, parents, guidance counsellors, learning support tutors, resource teachers, etc.

Some college applicants with disabilities will apply to college through CAO, but will also use the DARE entry scheme. DARE is a development of the supplementary admissions scheme for school leavers with disabilities. All higher education colleges have access offices which offer all the personal and academic support necessary for them to get the most of their college experience. These are listed on CAO’s website. Under ‘HEI details’, click ‘Access Officers’ at the head of that page.

Irish Independent, 21st November 2012

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