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AHEAD - Association for Higher Education Access & Disability

AHEAD - Association for Higher Education Access & Disability

AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education.

Their information includes how to fill out the CAO and use the DARE scheme, supports available in your university or college, and adapting to a working environment with a helpline, workships, and training.

The Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) programme is a work placement programme for graduates with disabilities to gain experience in the workplace, offering mentored, paid work placements.

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Central Applications Office (CAO)

Central Applications Office (CAO)

The CAO manage the application process to colleges and universities, or Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in Ireland.

You can apply for college and university places by filling out the CAO application online and by post.

For more information visit

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DARE: Disability Access Route to Education

DARE: Disability Access Route to Education

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers college places on a reduced points basis. The scheme is available to school leavers under 23 years old with disabilities who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate.

If you have a disability which had a negative impact on your second-level (secondary school) education, you may be eligible for the DARE scheme.

To talk to someone about the DARE scheme, you can contact the college or university you are applying to. Find the contact details here.

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Dyslexia Association of Ireland

Dyslexia Association of Ireland

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) aims to promote the understanding, treatment and prevention of the problems associated with dyslexia, a specific learning disability. The association lobbies for appropriate services for people with dyslexia. There are currently a nationwide network of 34 Branches which host workshops in local schoolsevenings during the week from 5.30pm onwards. Please refer to website for details.

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ECO-UNESCO is a non-profit organisation which specialises in environmental education and environmental youth work. It aims to promote the personal development of young people, youth groups and schools and raise environmental awareness through practical environmental projects.

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SOLAS also offers online learning through ecollege which offers a range of high quality interactive online learning courses. Each course can take between 14-24 weeks to complete. Learners can register for on-line courses through Ecollege's website.

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Europarltv is the official online platform for webcasting from the European Parliament. The service includes live streaming of parliamentary sessions and committee meetings, archived content, debate programmes and educational videos. Subtitles are available for all videos in the 22 official languages of the European Union. EuroparlTV's different channels are split into three main groups which target different audiences: Parliament News, Young Parliament and Discover Parliament.

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Europe Direct

Europe Direct

The Europe Direct network distributes information and advice about the European Union’s policies, actively promote local and regional debate about the European Union, allow the European institutions to disseminate local and regional information and give the public the opportunity to send feedback to the European Union institutions.

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Face Up

Face Up magazine is aimed at the 14-18 year-old age group and has the sub-title "For Teens Who Want Something Deeper". Each issue of Face Up informs and entertains on personal development, social awareness, spirituality and justice issues. The magazine also contains many of the normal ingredients of teen magazines including features on current trends, fashion and media personalities.

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Green Schools is an International environmental education programme, designed to promote and acknowledge whole school action for the environment. Currently, the programme is being implemented in over 50 countries around the world, involving over 40,000 schools, 11,000,000 students, 850,000 teachers and 5,700 local authorities. The aim of Green Schools is to increase students' and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the Green-Flag. This award has now become a well-recognised Eco-Label. The award has to be renewed every two years.

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HEAR - Higher Education Access Route

HEAR - Higher Education Access Route

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

To contact someone about the HEAR scheme, you can contact the HEAR department of the different colleges directly. Find the contact information here.

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National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)

Provides information to employees and employers, and covers many aspects of employment rights including wages, annual leave, working hours, redundancy, dismissal and notice.

Low Call 1890 80 80 90 Visit Website Find out more