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Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


We want all our learners to achieve their academic and personal potential. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, and, in as far as is reasonably possible, to supporting learners with disabilities, learning differences and any additional support requirements.

Every learner is an individual and therefore may have different academic or support requirements. The initial starting point is a needs assessment with a staff member in our Academic Resource Office. This identifies the academic, assistive technology and personal supports which can be put in place in order to help you achieve your potential at College.

Learners with disabilities/learning differences have access to a range of assistive technology software and hardware supports depending on their individual requirements. Students are encouraged to disclose any disability learning difference, or additional requirement during the application process, at the start of their studies or at any point during their time at Carlow College.

For further information, please contact Lisa Fortune, Head of Student Services and Learner Supports at:

Students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties – follow your route to college with this Disability Access Map! This new interactive online desktop tool will allow you to track your path to college step by step and give you lots of great information and advice.

While every attempt is made to provide reasonable accommodation for learners with physical disabilities and/or mobility issues, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is a listed building with limits imposed on the structural modifications that can be made. All areas of the college are not universally accessible. Applicants with restricted mobility are strongly advised to make an appointment to visit the college. Disability staff, within the Academic Resource Office, are happy to work with individual applicants to explore the college’s suitability for their individual learning needs.

To be considered under the ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities, each applicant must meet nationality and residency criteria and submit full verification of his/her disability which meets the eligibility criteria as outlined by the Fund.

Please note that letters from GPs are not acceptable as evidence of disability for the purposes of the Fund.

Learners are encouraged to disclose any disability, learning difference or additional requirement at the start of their studies or at any point during their time at Carlow College.If you would like further information or wish to make an application under the Fund for Students with Disabilities, please make an appointment with disability staff in the Academic Resource Office at 059 915 3223 or by email at

Information for Learners

Supports and Assistance

Learners Eligible for Funding


National and European Data Protection law, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), give you a whole host of rights that aim to ensure your personal data is used only how it should be. As part of your registration for disability supports in college, you will be required to provide evidence of your disability and sometimes, information pertaining to the impact of your disability may need to be shared with staff involved in the provision of supports.

This video below produced by AHEAD and the Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN), outlines your rights and describes how colleges collect and process your data as well as who they might share it with and why.

Please note that this is general information and that the specifics of Carlow College personal data processing are set out in Carlow College policies, such as the College’s Data Protection Policy, the Privacy Notice for Learners and College Learner Disability Policy.

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