Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (251)

Robert Troy


251. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the supports available for a student attending third level that has a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome; and the financial and in-class supports which may be available in such a case. [4823/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides financial support to higher education institutions to ensure that they are adequately resourced to offer supports and services to eligible students with disabilities so that they can access, fully participate in and successfully complete their chosen course of study. This includes students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome.

Supports covered by the FSD include assistive technology equipment and software, non-medical helpers, academic or learning support, deaf supports and transport. The allocation of supports to each student is a matter for the higher education institution. Students should liaise with the disability or access service in their institution.

The current allocation for FSD amounts to €9.6 million.