Supplementary Support for staff with disabilities/special needs

Supplementary support is available from the National Agency to assist with the additional costs incurred by those with physical, mental or health-related conditions.

This is managed on a case by case basis where additional funding and support is provided by Irish National Agency. This can be used to cover the extra expenses incured to engage in the mobility programme, such as a carer or study-aid support, accessible accomodation or return consultancy visits. It is important that the application for additional funding and/or support is made well in advance of the intended travel to ensure the receiving institution or organisation is fully equipped to handle the needs of the staff.

How to Apply

  • Ask the International Officer in your Higher Education Institution (HEI) to request a Fund for Staff with Disabilities application form from the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
  • The International Officer should then complete and return the form to the HEA.
  • If the application is successful, the HEA will allocate additional funds to the staff person's HEI.
  • The host university should then put the supports in place.

Additional Information

Association for Higher Education Access and Disability: (AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation. AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education.)

Training - AHEAD Start online course

The LINK Network

Quality and Qualifications Ireland:(QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency responsible for maintaining the National Qualifications Programme. It also advises on the recognition of foreign qualifications.  In the area of quality assurance, QQI is responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education and training providers in Ireland. The QQI is also charged with the task of the authorisation of the use of an International Education Mark (IEM) for providers.)