New Online Tool Launched for Students with Disabilities Applying to CollegeAHEAD

Tuesday 4th of October 2016, Dublin – A new online interactive tool entitled DisAbility Access Map, which aims to get students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties on the path to a successful college experience, was officially released today.

This tool, created by AHEAD, the Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) and Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), is designed to give students lots of great information and advice about college application procedures, what they need to do to prepare for college life and how to approach their first semester.

“For students with disabilities the journey to college is similar to most students, but there are some additional things to think about” said Declan Treanor, Director of Trinity College’s Disability Service and a member of DAWN. “What’s different about the CAO for me? How do I get disability support when I get to college? What apps can help me with my academic work? These are all questions that DisAbility Access Map will help to answer for students”.

All of the information in the tool is presented in manageable, bite size chunks, with plenty of videos and interactivity to keep students interested and using the map, they can jump back and forward through their journey to get at the information they need, when they need it.

Ann Heelan, Executive Director of AHEAD said “Students are busy people and DisAbility Access Map puts the key information they need about getting to college right at their fingertips. The map format means they can visualise their path to college and gives them the knowledge and tools to make it happen”.

To find out more about DisAbility Access Map and try out the tool, visit