OPEN LEARNING & STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Carlow Institute is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and access for students who have a disability, specific learning difficulty or medical condition. We endeavour, wherever possible, to make it easier for such students to access our courses and to participate in student life at the Institute.

Additional supports* can be available to those who

  • are deaf or hard of hearing
  • are blind or vision impaired
  • have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia
  • have a general learning difficulty
  • have a developmental co-ordination disorder, such as dyspraxia
  • have ADD or ADHD
  • have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • have physical or mobility difficulty
  • have speech and language difficulties
  • have a mental health condition
  • have a neurological condition

How Can I Access Additional Support?

If you have a disability or support need, we ask you to provide this information immediately after registration. If you provide us with the relevant documentation we will apply for funding for additional support for your studies.

The additional support available may include:

  • Assistive technology, equipment and software
  • Examination accommodation (e.g. extra time allowance or reader)
  • Group or individual educational support or assistance

Need More Information?

If you would like to chat about the supports available, feel free to ask at interview, open days or by contacting the student support team at 059 913 4230

* Very Important Information

The funding available for additional support for students with disabilities/ special needs comes from the SOLAS Fund for Students with Disabilities. This funding is subject to application, and the eligibility of each student, and level of support offered is determined by SOLAS.

Our ability to provide you with additional supports depends upon:

  • the information and supporting documentation you give us
  • how soon we get this information and supporting documentation (so we can make a timely application on your behalf)
  • your eligibility as determined by SOLAS

Please let us know about a disability or learning difficulty as soon as you apply to study with us. You’ll find some initial questions on the application form. We’ll contact you for information to make the application, and we’ll also let you know the decision.

Applications for additional support funding will only be processed if accompanied by a consultant’s report of a disability or illness, or an educational psychological report in the case of specific learning difficulties. The additional support available will be determined by the information that you supply.

Educational psychological reports that are over five years old are not accepted. Please note that reports must be from either a Consultant or Educational Psychologist only – letters from General Practitioners (GP) or support organisations will be not be accepted. Late application will mean that access to additional support may be delayed. Applicants must meet certain nationality and residency criteria to be funded.

Appropriate support is subject to approval and requisite resources being available.

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