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Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 35.  Deputy Seán Crowe Information on Sean Crowe Zoom on Sean Crowe  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will respond to criticism relating to a new requirement for students applying under the disability access route to education to produce extensive reports based on formal psychological tests that are expensive and difficult to obtain because private educational psychologists were booked out for such assessments up to the CAO cut off date of 1 April. [19497/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third-level admissions scheme for students with a disability. The scheme is operated by a number of higher education institutions and not by my Department. Admissions to the institutions are regulated by the institutions themselves. I understand that the requirement that some of the reports requested under the scheme should be less than three years old reflects national and international good practice and has been in operation for some years. The Deputy may wish to contact the Irish Universities Association for further information in this instance.

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