Information on post-school options, further education and training, higher education and finance and supports.
Useful General Information
Aims to ensure the student body in higher education reflects the diversity and social mix of Ireland’s population: goals and actions that aim to support increased access and participation in higher education for people with disabilities and other groups. Progress Review published in 2018. There was a consultation in 20221 on the new 2022-2026 plan.
Information pamphlets on post-school education and training options for people with disabilities.
Information for students with disabilities on accessing and taking part in further and higher education and getting a job after graduation. Disability Access Map. WAM programme offering mentored paid work placements for graduates.
Information on apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education and basic literacy and numeracy services.
User-friendly website with information tailored to your own particular situation and needs.
Information on further education options such as courses, e-college and apprenticeships.
Search courses, take an ‘interest assessment’ and check qualifications, search for CAO courses with specific supports for students with disabilities.
Useful information for learners.
Inclusive National Higher Education Forum: national interest group of higher education providers and other professionals interested in supporting access routes and inclusive education initiatives to learners with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. Lists courses on offer for people with intellectual disabilities.
Free online courses
Further Education & Training providers
Information on training programmes, apprenticeships and traineeships.
Information on courses and Community Training Centres.
KWETB: free full-time VTOS courses for unemployed adults aged over 21.
Post Leaving Cert courses at degree, diploma and certificate level.
Training and employment opportunities for individuals whose needs have not been met through mainstream education.
Free, confidential, friendly and flexible service for people over 16 who are not in full-time education.
Free courses for people who have had an accident, illness, injury or have a disability and extra support needs.
Second chance education for young people 16-20 who have fallen out of the mainstream education system for any reason.
Higher Education & College
Third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
Information for students with disabilities on accessing and taking part in further and higher education and getting a job after graduation. WAM programme offering mentored paid work placements for graduates.
Higher Education & University Support Services
Information on financial supports for students – including the Fund for Students With Disabilities, Student Grant, Back to Education Allowance, Student Assistance Fund.
Student Universal Support Ireland website with information on eligibility and how to apply for a student grant.
Small one-off grants towards college registration, course or exam fees for low income students enrolled on a further or higher education course.