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Better Options 2019

Date:  18th November 2019

Venue: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave, Clontarf, Dublin, D09 R232

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We are currently in the process of organising Better Options 2019, which will take place this November in Dublin. To get a flavour of what it's all about, please check out last year's event - details below.

Better Options 2018 - Last Year's Event

Last year's Better Options college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties took place in The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI),123 St. Stephen's Green, York Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 19th of November 2018 from 10:00 to 13.30.

This college fair was an ideal event for students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options.  Attendees were able to talk to staff from college support services to gather key information about courses and access routes open to those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, including how to make an application to DARE- Disability Access Route to Education. Colleges nationwide were represented in the exhibition hall and talks ran concurrently, covering topics such as DARE and some key preparatory tips for entering college. 

Date: 19th November 2018

Time: 10:00 - 13:30

Venue: The Exam Hall, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, York Street, Dublin 2. 

Cost: Free

Registration: No need to register, just come down on the day!

 Any queries please feel free to contact Christine at Christine.hynes@ahead.ie or call us on 01 716 4397.

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 List of Seminars on the Day

11:00 - 11:45    Into the DARE Application Process

Caoilinn Kennedy, University of Limerick

Find out what the DARE scheme is and how you may be able to benefit from reduced CAO points entry as a result of the impact of your disability. This talk will go through the DARE application process step by step and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 - 12:20    Into College and What’s There For You!

Hannah Kelly,   AHEAD , Vivian Rath, PHD Student with Trinity College Dublin

Get information about what to expect when you first enter college and find out how to make the best of your college experience by getting involved in all aspects of campus life and ensuring you get the support you need.

12:30 - 12:50    Into College and Out of Home

Damien McClean, Union of Students in Ireland, Niamh Herbert, Student with Trinity College Dublin

Student housing is difficult to find. This session will lay out the different options available to you and give you some tips to find a place on budget!

13:00 - 13:45    Into the DARE Application Process (repeat of 11:00)

Caoilinn Kennedy, University of Limerick

Find out what the DARE scheme is and how you may be able to benefit from reduced CAO points entry as a result of the impact of your disability. This talk will go through the DARE application process step by step and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Get the full agenda>>

Download the Better Options Flyer (PDF)>>

Watch: Video for Better Options 2018

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