To ensure that students with special needs-persons with disabilities (physical, mental or health-related conditions) can take full advantage of the European mobility arrangements, Erasmus+ pays particular attention to guidance, reception, physical accessibility, pedagogical and technical support services, and, especially, financing of the extra costs.
On a case by case basis, additional funding and support is available to students from the 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 students.
How to Apply
- Ask the International Officer or Disability Officer in your Higher Education Institution (HEI) to request a Fund for Students with Disabilities application form from the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
- The International Officer in consultation with the Disability Officer should then complete and return the form to the HEA.
- If the application is successful, the HEA will allocate additional funds to the student's HEI.
- The host university should then put the supports in place.
Useful Information for the successful implementation of the action
- European Commission:
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Disability Federation of Ireland (Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is the national support organisation for voluntary disability organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions)