Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty

Disclosing a Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty

If you have a disability, a significant ongoing illness and/or specific learning difficulty you are encouraged to indicate this in your application (although you are not obliged to do so). This will allow HEIs to consider, in consultation with you, any specific support needs you may have in a higher education institution. If you do not wish to disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty on the Application Form, you may do so at any time on entering a Higher Education Institution and reasonable accommodation will be made at that stage.

Please note that disclosure of a disability and/or specific learning difficulty will not adversely affect your application in any way.

Supplementary Admissions Route for Applicants with Disabilities

Some HEIs take account of the impact of your disability and/or specific learning difficulty on your educational performance, through the provision of a supplementary admissions route known as the Supplementary Admissions Route for Applicants with Disabilities.

In addition to supports, if deemed eligible for the scheme applicants may be entitled to a reduction in points for entry to participating HEIs.

Applying for Supplementary Admissions Route for Applicants with Disabilities

  1. You must disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty in your online CAO Application by 1st March 2018. (Exception: GMIT - check with the disability service in GMIT for details)
  2. You will then be directed to the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
  3. Follow the instructions in the online Supplementary Information Form.