The Access Office operates a confidential and professional service to encourage and support prospective students and current full time students to engage and participate fully in student life at Institute of Technology Carlow.
Institute of Technology Carlow Laptop Loan Scheme
As part of the package of COVID Supports for students, IT Carlow operates a Scheme for the long-term loan of laptops. Funded by the Government of Ireland, the Laptop Loan Scheme is aimed at supporting disadvantaged students to access laptops for Hybrid (online and blended) learning. In accordance with Government guidelines, eligibility criteria applies, and priority will be given to students from specific target groups. Funding is also available to eligible students through a means tested application for the Student Assistance Fund to help with costs associated with internet connectivity.
Who is eligible to apply for a laptop loan?
Students will be advised of how to apply once they commence their course of study at IT Carlow. All registered students, both full-time and part-time, studying on a programme of not less than one year in duration leading to a major award and who do not have access to a laptop can apply. In accordance with Government guidelines, priority will be given to the following:
- Students who are experiencing socio-economic barriers
- First-time mature students on low incomes
- Students with disabilities
- Lone parents
- Students who are from an ethnic minorities
- Students who are members of the Traveller or Roma communities
Who is not eligible?
- Persons who are not normally resident in Ireland or the EU are not eligible for the Laptop Loan Scheme. Students who are not taking a programme which is leading to a full IT Carlow award (e.g. those taking single modules only) are not eligible for the Laptop Loan Scheme.
Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their SUSI grant or means-tested social welfare payment to prove eligibility, or be registered with the Institute’s Access Office as having a disability.
Further information on applications will be provided here in late September 2020.
- Learner Disability and Learner Support Policy
- Carlow Access Programme for CAO applicants
- DARE - Disability Access Route to Education
- Disability Supports
- Financial Supports and Student Assistance Fund
DARE Programme & Disability Supports
Institute of Technology Carlow is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) which is a third level alternative admissions entry scheme through the CAO for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability has had a negative impact on their education. To be eligible, applicants must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.
Applicants to the Institute of Technology Carlow must also meet the Minimum Entry Requirements plus any specific course requirements. Applicants are then considered for places when they are within a 10% range of the cut off point at the time when the DARE offers are made through the CAO.
Please note students with sensory disabilities (such as visual or hearing impairments) and students with physical disabilities will be prioritised when allocating DARE places.
DARE reduced points and merit offers are made through CAO and are in round 1 and sometimes in round 2 if there are places still available. If you get a DARE reduced points offer this will appear as a regular offer online through the CAO. You will then receive a letter to inform you that you have received a DARE offer and that if you accept the place you must register fully with the Access Office and attend the Access Office Orientation Programme as these are part of the conditions of the DARE offer.
Types of Disability considered by DARE:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Blind/Vision Impaired
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
- Mental Health Difficulty
- Neurological Conditions (including Epilepsy & Brain Injury)
- Physical Disability
- Significant Ongoing Illness
- Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia).
- Speech and Language Communication Disorder
The provision of supports to students with disabilities at Institute of Technology Carlow is not related to their eligibility for DARE. All prospective students are encouraged to make contact with the Access Office as soon as they can to arrange academic supports.
All new students with disabilities are entitled to a Needs Assessment to determine their academic support requirements. The Access Office in Student Services co-ordinates individual academic supports for full-time students with special requirements. These supports may include the provision of assistive technology, learning support, exam accommodations or equipment.
The Learning Support Tutor provides support for students with disabilities around their assignments, reports, exam preparation and research for their course. This can be both on an individual basis or in Workshops, assisting students with their assignment planning and writing skills, planning course assignments, and managing course deadlines. Learning Support also co-ordinates Assistive Technology to enable students to access and complete their academic work independently.
To access Learning Support, students must register their disability with the Access Office, and make an appointment in the Student Services Office for a Needs Assessment.
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