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Department of Education and Science:

The Department of Education and Science provides advice on assistive technology through…

National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE)

The N.C.T.E is the government's agency on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education.

The Special Needs and ICT Advice Service

ICT advisors provide support in the use of ICT in schools. There is a network of 20 regionally based ICT advisors - one located in each of the full-time education centres.

For more information contact:
Ann Jackson
National Technology & Special Needs Advisor,
Department of Education
Phone : 01 - 8057545
Fax : 01 - 8335496
E-mail :

Enabling Technolgies-Guidelines for the Use of Assistive Technology in Education gives an overview of Assitive Technology

The Department of Education and Science also assist by…

Providing Local Liaison in Mainstream Education

The Department of Education has people within its institutions who provide information and advice in terms of applying for funding and sourcing assistive technologies

At Primary Level through The Special Educational needs Organiser (who is usually contacted by a teacher in the school)

At Second Level through The School Guidance Counsellor

At FETAC or P.L.C. Level through The Guidance Counsellor/ Students Service Department in your own Institution or V.E.C
For a comprehensive list with contact details in your area/institution go to:

At Third Level through the college or university Disability Officer or Access Officer
OR if a prospective student, by contacting the Admissions office of the college/university.

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is an agency of the Department of Education and Science. Referrals to NEPS for assessment are made through the school only.

For more information contact:
Frederick Court
24/27 Frederick Street
Dublin 1.
Tel: 01-8892700.

The Visiting Teacher Service:

The Visiting Teacher Service is a service for deaf or hard-of-hearing children or visually impaired children (The visiting teacher service also accepts referrals where the visual impairment or deafness is the compounding, rather than the major disabling condition).

The Department of Education and Science operates the Visiting Teacher Service.

Visiting Teacher Service,
Special Education,
Department of Education and Science,
Co. Westmeath.

Tel: (0902) 83754 or (0902) 83756 or (0902) 83759

Special Education Support Service (SESS)-

The SESS provides professional development/training for school personnel working with pupils and students with special educational needs.
For more information contact:

Special Education Support Service
C/O Cork Education Support Centre,
Western Road Cork.

Tel: 1850 200 884



Universities and Colleges:

The Admissions Office is the initial contact and source of advice for prospective students.

Most universities also have a Disability Officer or an Access Officer or, alternatively, a counsellor who takes on this role

Some colleges/universities have Assistive Technology Advisors who source and suggest appropriate assistive technology for students. These can be contacted through the disability/access officer

Disability / Access Service of third level colleges-

University Libraries:

These provide provide access to scanning and magnifying equipment

Text Access:

Text Access is an AHEAD initiative in collaboration with the Consortium of National and University Libraries to deliver a centralized and comprehensive catalogue of resources for students with print disabilities at third level.

Enable Ireland

Enable Ireland is a national service providing a range of supports and facilities to people with physical disabilities. They also provide AT assessment services through their local centres. For details of Enable Ireland’s local centre locations, see

For more information contact:

Enable Ireland National Services

32F Rosemount Park Drive, Rosemount Business Park,
Ballycoolin Road, Dublin 11
Tel: + 353 (0)1 872 7155
Fax: + 353 (0)1 866 5222
Information and advice on AT:

The Central Remedial clinic (CRC) :

The CRC specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with a wide range of physical conditions.

The CRC’S role in relation to AT is in terms of advice with input from a broad range of consultants in terms of advice on selection of suitable equipment/technology and training. Support and advice is also provided by their-

Centre for Independent Living (CIL)

The CRC Client Technical Services Department whose services include a network of regionally based Technical Liaison Officers

For more information contact:

Central Remedial Clinic,
Vernon Avenue,
Dublin 3,
Tel: 01-8057400,
E-mail: ,

The National Assosciation for the Deaf (N.A.D.)

The NAD is Ireland's provider of services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Each NAD Resource Centre provides a Deaftech Assistive Technology Service.

NAD Head Office,
35 North Frederick Street,
Dublin 1,
01 8723800
Minicom: 018783629
Videophone: 018171400
Text messages: 018783629

The NAD website also provides information in relation to AT for hearing impaired or deaf people

National Council for the Blind (N.C.B.I.)

National council for the Blind of Ireland provides a community based service working to promote the full independence of people with impaired vision and to minimise the disabling effects of vision impairment. The key services provided are:

Support, practical advice and information;
Mobility & Rehabilitative service;
IT training and support;
Awareness training for all;
Tape service of books, magazines, newspapers etc.;
Peer counselling and family therapy;
Employment Support;

Centre for inclusive Technology (CFIT):

The NCBI Centre for inclusive Technology (CFIT) aims to ensure that ICT-based products and services in Ireland are designed to be accessible to the widest audience, including older people and people with disabilities.

NCBI National Office:
NCBI–National Council for the Blind of Ireland,
Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9,
Tel: 01-8307033, E-mail:

Telephone: 1850 33 43 53
Telephone (Outside of Ireland): +353 1 8307033
Fax: +353 (0)1 8307787
National technical support number: 1850 92 30 60


The Rehab Group works for social and economic inclusion among people with disabilities and others who are marginalised. Relevant services include:

The National Learning Network are the education and training service of the Rehab Group. This group specialises in the provision of training courses for people with injuries, illnesses, learning difficulties and disabilities of any sort. The aim of the programmes is to assist students to progress onto employment, further training or education or other options as are appropriate.

The National Learning Network Assessment Service (previously known as the BUA Centre) provides assessment and support for adolescents and adults with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Staff at the Centre also provide functional strategies and support for other associated specific processing / learning difficulties, such as Aspergers Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The National Learning Network Assessment Service contact details- available from:

Gandon Enterprises Assess Ability is a disability management consultancy company providing advice and best practice in all areas relating to the employment and retention of persons with disabilities in the workplace

RehabCare, the health and social care division of Rehab Group, provides a range of services in the community for 2,600 people with disabilities and their carers each year.

Rehab Contact Details:

Communications Department,
Rehab Group,
Beach Road,
Dublin 4.
Tel: 00 353 (0) 1 2057200
Fax: 00 353 (0) 1 2057202
Local Centre Contact Details are Available From-


Association of Higher Education Access and Disability

The mission of AHEAD is to encourage students with disabilities to access higher and further education. It also strives to inform and change national policy in the areas of education and facilitate the employment of graduates with disabilities through various initiatives including:

Able 4 College:

Able for college provides information to guidance counsellors, teachers, parents and students with disabilities themselves, on career planning and third level supports, as well as information on different types of disability, disability etiquette and various teaching and learning techniques.


GET AHEAD is an Ahead initiative part funded by FÁS which was set up to promote the employment of disabled graduates with third level qualifications.

For further information contact:
Newman House,
86 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2,

Phone: 01-7164396
Fax: + 353-1-475 2387


The Aisling Foundation

The Aisling Foundation works with employers and disability organisations promoting the employment of people with disability and providing advice and support to employers in taking the first step to employing people with disabilities.

The Aisling Foundation,
The Rear of Number 1, Mount Street Crescent,
Dublin 2,
Tel: 01-634 0018,
E-mail: ,

Health Service Executive (HSE)

Areas- Disability Services

HSE Areas provide a range of services for people with disabilities, including basic health services, assessment, rehabilitation, income maintenance, community care and residential care.

The HSE Occupational Guidance Services provides people with disabilities, who wish to access Health Board funded services/ alternative services, with the appropriate advice, support, information and direction.

Local area contact details:


FÁS provides a range of employment supports specifically for people with disabilities – The job placement scheme, the Wage Subsidy Scheme, workplace/equipment adaptation grants, the supported employment scheme, job interview interpreter grants and personal reader grants. FÁS also provides a scheme of grant aid to employers that provide disability awareness training for their staff.

FÁS can be contacted through your local FÁS Employment Services Office or LES (Local Employment Services) office.
or at


Directgov – ‘widest range of government information and services online’ this must be included as part of the link for legal reasons

This is the UK’s official portal featuring information about central and local government services, news, business information, public documents.


Comhairle (formally the NSSB) is the national support agency responsible for the provision of information, advice and advocacy to members of the public on social services. Comhairle also supports the nationwide network of Citizens' Information Centres.

Oasis (Online Access to Services, Information and Support) is an Irish eGovernment website developed by Comhairle. Oasis provides information on a public services and has links to more specific services in the users locality.
It also acts as a portal to different government departments.

Oasis (Online Access to Services, Information and Support) provides information on, and links to public services for use by the general public

Citizens Information Phone Service, provides easy access by telephone (1890 777 121) and e-mail to local Citizens Information Centres

Citizens Information Centres provide one-to-one impartial and comprehensive information on all aspects of entitlements to the public in about 100 locations around Ireland.

Comhairle National Office:
7th Floor, Hume House, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,
Tel: 01-6059000, Fax: 01-6059099,
E-mail: ,
Website: (developed by Comhairle)

This online resource provides information on assistive technology –

Information for Independent Living (

This section of the assistireland website describes assistive technology and how it can be used to assist people with disabilities and older people in their daily living also provides a directory of products available from Irish suppliers. This is a comprehensive up tp date list of AT suppliers. It should suffice for all AT list supplier requirements.

For more information contact:
Assist Ireland
7th Floor
Hume House
Dublin 4


Telephone Helpline Support: 1890 277478

SMS Text Messaging: (086 3837 644)

The National Disability Authority- (

The National Disability Authority, on behalf of the State, promotes and helps secure the rights of people with disabilities. Responsibilities include policy development, research and advice on standards. It provides advice and information in the following ways…

The NDA Library-This is a specialist library on disability topics that is open to the public. It provides collections, services and facilities. The library collection covers issues such as employment, education, health, accessibility, government policy and the arts.

The National Disability Authority
25 Clyde Road,
Dublin 4.
Tel. (01) 6080400 - Int. +353 506 32181
Fax. (01) 6609935

The NDA Library
The Standards Unit at the NDA

NDA Website ( provides information on a wide range of disability issues including guidelines on making ICT products accessible- (ICT products include: websites, public access terminals- ATM’s, telecoms-phone lines/mobile phones)

Further information on IT Accessibility is available from the
NDA ICT Accessibility Coordinator- tel: 01 6080430
And the NDA website-

Transport Transport web-pages- these provides a range of information on topics such as --Motorised Transport Grants, links to information for disabled travellers on the Luas, Bus, or rail systems, procedures and supports for driving tests for disabled drivers etc…


The Commission for Communications Regulation

ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radiocommunications and broadcasting transmission) and the postal sector.

They provide information to communications technology consumers including, information on accessibility to telecommunications services for users that are hearing impaired, hearing and /or speech impaired, with limited dexterity or mobility, or users with restricted vision.

Commission for Communications Regulation
Block DEF, Abbey Court
Irish Life Centre
Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1 
Tel: 00 353 1 804 9600
LoCall: 1890 22 9600
Fax: 00 353 1 804 9680

Libraries: provides information and links to local library services (many of which provide Access to Assistive Technology), and contact details relating to libraries in Ireland- public, academic, special. aims to facilitate and support the meeting of jobseekers with disabilities and recruiters through the website.
Irish in partnership with Enable Ireland’s National High Tech AT Training Service, published an online AT guide to a wide range of assistive technology currently being used in the workplace including:

  • Voice Recognition Software
  • Visual Support Software
  • Switch Accessible Software
  • Alternative Mice
  • Alternative Input Devices

This guide is also available on Enable Ireland’s website:
and in hard copy format from:
National High Tech AT Training Service
Enable Ireland
Unit 5, Block B
Cashel Business Centre
Cashel Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12
Ph: 01-4992357

Dyslexia Assiciation of Ireland (DAI):

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) aims to promote awareness of Specific Learning Disability (SLD/Dyslexia) and to serve the needs of people with this difficulty. is an assistive technology- product directory and review of useful items.

Suffolk Chambers
1 Suffolk Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6790275 or 01 6790276
Fax: 01 6790273

Ability Enterprises:

Ability Enterprises operates a fully equipped training centre for persons with a physical disability. They offer a range of Information Technology courses for residential and day students as well as a distance learning programme.

Ability Enterprises,
Ballindine, Co. Mayo,
Tel: 094 – 0936 4054, Fax: 094 – 936 4336,
E-mail: ,


Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency.

DESSA pursues the active involvement and full participation of people with disabilities in society by delivering strategic supports to Family Resource Centres, Community Development Projects and Core Funded Groups

Fumbally Court,
Fumbally Lane,
Dublin 8,
Tel: 01-416 35 48
Fax: 01-453 68 61
E-mail: ,

Disability Employment Network (DEN):

he DEN provides a Supported Employment network and free service to both service user and employer that will identify, place, maintain and promote the employment of people with disabilities in the open labour market within the North Dublin region.

Disability Employment Network,
c/o Irish Wheelchair Association,
Blackheath Drive,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Tel: 01-8186863,
E-mail: .

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE):

IASE is a national voluntary organisation which aims to promote and develop supported employment in Ireland.

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment),
Muing, Belmullet, Co Mayo,
Tel: 097-82894,
Fax: 097-82895,
E-mail: ,

Disability Federation Ireland (DFI):

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) offers supports and Services to disability organisations at national and regional level.

The Disability Federation of Ireland National Office:
2 Sandyford Office Park,
Blackthorn Avenue,
Dublin 18,
Tel: 01-2959344,
E-mail: ,

Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland:

The Disabled Drivers’ Association association provides an extensive information, advice and support service to members. They operate a Driving Assessment Centre and Driving School and provide information on aids and adaptations for cars to enable disabled persons to drive.

Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland,
Co. Mayo.
Tel: 094-64266,
E-mail: ,
Website: aim to provide easy access to a comprehensive on-line information service for people with disabilities

Institute for Design and Disability (IDD):

The objective of IDD is to promote the inclusion in society of people with disabilities through the exercise of design. It has a membership of architects, designers, rehabilitating professionals and people with disabilities.

The Institute for Design and Disability,
National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8,
Tel: 01-636 43 83, Fax: 01-636 43 84,
E-mail: ,

Irish Deaf Society:

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is the national representative organisation of Deaf and hard of hearing people. Deaftronics is part of the service which provides information and advice on technical aids for deaf and hard of hearing, as well as sale and repairs of such aids.

Irish Deaf Society,
30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7,
Tel: 01-8601878,
Minicom: 01-8601910,
Fax: 01-8601960,
E-mail: ,

Irish Wheelchair Association:

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is the national organisation of people with limited mobility.The IWA through their regionally based resource and outreach centres offer a programme of activities to people with disabilities including FETAC certified educational courses and access to supported employment initiatives.

Irish Wheelchair Association,
Áras Chuchulain, Blackheath Drive,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Tel: 01-8186400,
E-mail: ,

National League of the Blind of Ireland:

The National League of the Blind of Ireland is an information service for blind workers. It is a registered Trade Union and provides information on free legal aid and advisory services. It promotes rehabilitation training, employment, education and welfare for all blind people.

National League of the Blind of Ireland,
Mr. Larry Carroll,
21, Hill Street, Dublin1.
Tel: 01-8742792,
Fax: 01-8787139.

The Association for Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe –

AAATE is the interdisciplinary pan-European association devoted to all aspects of assistive technology, such as use, research, development, manufacture, supply, provision and policy.


St Josephs Family Services for the Visually Impaired-Resource Centre:

The Family Resource Centre (FRC) offers an extensive programme to young people with a visual impairment and their families- including assessment, Assistive technology, occupational therapy and a wide range of other services for visually impaired children and their parents/guardians.

St.Joseph's Services for the Visually Impaired
Grace Park Road,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 01 – 8373635 Fax:01 - 8368403