The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), host of Euroguidance Ireland, will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

In relation to Euroguidance, Léargas (former host organisation of NCGE) is not in a position to host the Euroguidance centre and will terminate the contract from 31/8/22 in line with the closure and cessation of operations of the NCGE. The Department of Education remains deeply committed to the Euroguidance programme and are in consultation with the European Commission on the designation process to find a new host for the Euroguidance centre. In the meantime, if you have any queries in relation to Euroguidance, please contact guidance@education.gov.ie

Information for Students with Disabilities

This page outlines the support systems and organisations available to support students with a disability entering higher/ further education in Ireland.


If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty you are encouraged, though not obliged, to indicate this on your CAO application form. If you are not applying through the CAO system you are encouraged to inform the relevant institution. The purpose is solely to support access to higher education by students with a disability or specific learning difficulty.

For further information you should contact the access officer at the relevant Higher Education Institution (HEI)

The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) provides comprehensive information on their website for students with disability

 www.ahead.ie

As a student with a disability, you may be interested in the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).

DARE is for school leavers, from any EU country, with a disability which has a direct impact on their education.

To qualify for DARE applicants must be under 23 years of age as of 1 January of the year of entry to college. If successful, DARE applicant may be entitled to enter a given course on reduced points and avail of a suite of supports while attending college.

To find out if you are entitled to apply for DARE, please visit

http://accesscollege.ie/dare/

Please note that not all colleges participate in the DARE scheme. However, all third level colleges have an Access Office which provides information on the supports available to students with disabilities.

See: https://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=hei&type=access for contact details of individual HEI Access Officers.

If you have a specific disability, you are encouraged to contact the relevant Access Office to talk about your particular needs. The access office in consultation with the student endeavours to provide the supports identified.

Students attending FET are encouraged to inform the Further Education College about the disability and discuss with the college the types of supports which may be available. The supports available are particular to each college.

For more information, please see:

http://accesscollege.ie/dare/

www.ahead.ie

The National Disability Authority www.nda.ie

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland http://www.abiireland.ie/