Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (109)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

109. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost if the fund for students with a disability was increased by a further 15%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24417/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides financial support to higher education institutions to ensure that they are adequately resourced to cater for the needs of students with disabilities.

The Fund provides grants towards the individual needs assessment, provision of services, purchase of equipment and provision of academic supports for students with disabilities.  The scheme applies to students who have serious sensory, physical and/or communicative disabilities, including dyslexia.

The current allocation for FSD amounts to €9.6m therefore an increase of 15% would be estimated at €11.04m, an increase of €1.44m from current allocation.