Funding boost to improve access to higher education for person with disabilities

Dublin Fingal TD and Fine Gael Spokesperson on Climate Action, Alan Farrell, has welcomed news of a new funding initiatives that will benefit people with disabilities in accessing higher education services.

Deputy Farrell said, “People in Fingal will specifically benefit from three funding strands that will see improvements on the DCU campus; they include:

  • The creation of an online module for teachers, focusing on the support for students with disabilities on placements, forming part of the Universal Design and Inclusive Teaching practices. This will see an investment of €50,000 made.
  • The enhancement of DCU online learning platform, ‘Loop’, for students with disabilities through the addition of mainstream technology add-on, accounting for an investment of €62,000.
  • Finally, an investment of €122,000 will be made to improve bathroom accessibility and refurbishments of the same, as well as developing a new ‘Wayfinding’ app for the DCU campus.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “These new investments will make a significant improvement to the ease of which people can access third level institutions and meet their full potential while studying there.”

“DCU is a popular choice for many students in Fingal and these welcome enhancements will result in more students being able to comfortably choose local education options.”

Deputy Farrell added, “Expanding access to education is a vitally important step we, as a Government and as a society, can take. Supporting all our people in their endeavours to better their education will continue to place Ireland among the highest attainment levels of third level education.”

“I look forward to working with Minister Simon Harris, through the Oireachtas Education Committee, to further enhance modernise our education system.”