Ascent Regional Assessment & Resource Centre

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The Ascent Regional Assessment and Resource Centre funded by the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund has been designed to promote and facilitate greater access and retention for people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) in third level education. SpLDs include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

The project has been developed to support the transition, progression and retention of individuals with SpLDs into third level education and to address the lack of information on ways in which barriers preventing access to education and employment can be removed.

This initiative has been developed by the Disability Support Service in AIT in collaboration with GMIT, IT Sligo, LYIT and NUI Galway.


The Work of the Project

As part of the work on this project, the collaborating institutes have the services of:

  • An Assistive Technology (AT) Project Coordinator: to research the AT needs of students with SpLD , and the effectiveness of AT on learning outcomes within the five institutes. AT and e-Accessibility provision will form an integral part of both the individual’s and the institutes educational planning, as course materials become increasingly delivered through ICT. The AT Coordinator will also facilitate the coordination and standardization of AT within the collaborating HEIs.
  • SpLD project research: to compile data on the nature of student interventions utilised in participating HEIs and to monitor the initiative’s impact on student completion & progression rates.


Research on Assessment & Support Services

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