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AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability

Better Options 2015 - College Fair for Students with Disabilities

10:00-13:00, Nov 26th, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman Campus (St. Laurence's Church & Rathdown House).

Accessibility Information |  Getting There | Exhibitor List | Agenda (including seminars)

To download the pdf of the full agenda and exhibitor list, click here.

This year's Better Options college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties will take place in DIT Grangegorman on Nov 26th 2015. This is an ideal fair for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by colleges as well as garner key information on the access routes for those with disabilities.

Many major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and useful seminars will run concurrently.

When: 10:00-13:00, Nov 26th, 2015

Where: St. Laurence's Church & Rathdown House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman Campus

Cost: Free - registration is not required, just show up!

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Getting There

The DIT campus at Grangegorman is located in the heart of Dublin City. It is just a 25 minute walk from O'Connell Street, a 12 minute walk from Smithfield (Luas Red Line) and is served directly by bus numbers 37, 39, 39A, 46A and 70. See the map below for bus stop locations and the directions on campus to Rathdown House and St. Laurence's Church or click here to view the wider walking map.


Full Exhibitor List


Athlone Institute of Technology

Assistive Technology Demo Stand

Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD)

Blanchardstown Institute of Technology

DARE – Disability Access Route to Education

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Dyslexia Association

Dyspraxia Association

Engineers Ireland


Killester College of Further Education

Maynooth University

National College of Art & Design

National College of Ireland

National Learning Network

The Open University

Roslyn Park College

Tallaght Institute of Technology

Trinity College Dublin

Union of Students Ireland

University College Dublin


 Seminars and Agenda

Exhibition areas in St. Laurence’s (the church) & Rathdown House open throughout from 10:00 till 13:00. All seminars in RD-004 have very limited capacity and places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

10.00 - Fair Opens (across St.Laurence's (the church) & Rathdown House). 

10.30 - St. Laurence's

Opening Session (St. Laurence’s): Welcome

Dr. Noel O'Connor, Director of Student Services, DIT
Alan O’Mara, Ulster Champion & GAA Inter-county Player

11.00 - RD-004 in Rathdown House

College 101: Surviving Freshman Year
Caroline McGrotty (AHEAD) & Annie Hoey (USI Vice President for Equality and Citizenship)

11.20 RD-004 in Rathdown House

Getting the Most Out of the Disability Support Service
Bob O’Mhurcu (Disability Officer – DIT) & DIT Student

11.40 RD-004 in Rathdown House

Making an Application to DARE

Sinead Quinn - IUA

12.10 RD-004 in Rathdown House

Looking After Your Mental Health
Laura Louise Condell, Please Talk

12.25 RD-004 in Rathdown House

Making an Application to DARE
Sinead Quinn - IUA

13.00 - Fair Closes

Better Options Video - Standard Version

Better Options Video - ISL Version


If you have any accessibility requests, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements. 

Should you have any queries, please email ahead@ahead.ie


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