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Financial Support

Unfortunately, there is very little direct financial support available towards the costs associated with dyslexia.

VAT back on computers/specialist software
If computers are bought for home/personal use, the VAT on these purchases can be claimed back.  However, the individual’s report must state that the computers/software are essential, not merely beneficial, as a result of their disability in this case dyslexia.  The form needed is Form VAT 61A which can be downloaded from the revenue website ( or contact the Revenue Central Repayments Office at 047 62100.

Grants at College – The Fund for Students with Disabilities

Study related support for students with disabilities is financed through the European Social Fund for Students with Disabilities.  This funding is not means-tested and is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on full-time programmes.  Individual Further Education and Higher Education institutions assess the needs of each student with a disability on registration with the Disability Service, and apply for funding in support of those needs, on the student’s behalf.

DAI Funding
In exceptional circumstances, DAI through its fundraising efforts is able to offer some reduced cost/funded assessments where individuals/families are on social welfare or on a low income.  In very exceptional circumstances, a reduced rate may be available for people on social welfare or very low income; please ask if you feel that you may need assistance. A subsidy of up to 50% of the assessment fee may be granted in such exceptional circumstances. Applications for a reduced rate assessment must be submitted to DAI at least 2 weeks in advance of your assessment date. Late applications cannot be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to save up some money each week towards the assessment while they wait for an appointment. DAI is a charity, and we are only able to offer these limited subsidies due to fundraising and donations.

Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grants (WEAG)
The Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant is available to companies and employers to help cover the cost of any reasonable accommodations needed to make the workplace accessible for an employee with a disability such as dyslexia, e.g. assistive technology.  Employers should contact their local Employment Services Office for further information about how to apply.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.