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.
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.