Your child may apply for admission to a third-level institution through the standard process operated by the Central Applications Office (CAO). Some institutions reserve a number of places for people who have learning or physical disabilities or have faced challenges. If our child’s illness has impacted their school attendance and educational performance contact the individual college that your child is interested in attending and enquire about their policies. The direct admission system varies from one institution to another, and your child will need to find out the closing dates for such applications and the criteria for a place.
Most third-level institutions have Disability Liaison Officers. The Disability Liaison Officer can help with applying for a reserved place, finding suitable accommodation and any special access requirements or provisions for sitting examinations. Some institutions reserve a number of student accommodation places for students with disabilities.
All students with a disability are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level.