Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Join ILSA

    If you are supporting young people with special or additional educational needs, ILSA membership will provide you with support in your day to day work.

    ILSA is the principal nationwide body that represents the interests of Learning Support, Resource and Language teachers.  Our members are drawn from both primary and second level sectors.

    Joining couldn’t be easier.  Just download the application form from website by clicking on the link.  Complete the form and return together with your membership subscription.

    The membership year, like the academic year, runs from September to August and is renewable annually.

    We are in the process of updating our administration and shortly we hope to be able to offer membership through an online registration system.

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  • ILSA Newsletter

    ILSA produces a quarterly newsletter full of informative articles and news from around the regions. Practical and insightful content aimed at all professionals working in special and additional needs settings including:

    • Up-to-the-minute news on developments in special needs education policy and research.
    • Details on the latest SEN events and courses.
    • Information on how ILSA is seeking to improve provision for special and additional needs.
    • Advice on the latest resources available to support professionals working with children and young adults that have special or additional needs.
    • Produced quarterly
    • Freely available to members through the Membership Section of the website

    Membership to ILSA is more than a subscription to the Newsletter; discounts on our conferences, resources, discounts from our suppliers and the latest information will be offered to members.

     In addition to our quarterly newsletter, members are invited to subscribe (free!) to our new e-newsletter that will issue at least monthly.  This e-newsletter will pop into your inbox and will keep you updated on all professional and related educational issues as they come to hand. 

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  • ILSA Conference

    ILSA’s conferences focus on providing the very best training for anyone working with children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities. We invite leading professionals at the forefront of special needs education in Irish colleges to present at our conferences, with the aim of ensuring that your practice is both effective and up to date.  For full information on our upcoming confernce in September, and to download the conference timtable please see below on this page.

    As a not for profit organisation, ILSA makes every effort to keep costs as low as possible whilst maintaining professional standards. Discounted prices are available at conferences for ILSA members, as we use a portion of membership subscriptions to subsidise attendance.

    To book a place at ILSA conferences you will need to register with ILSA or log-on as an ILSA member. ILSA members receive a discount on the conference fee. Non-members are welcome to attend conferences, but they must pay the full fee. Please download membership forms and conference booking form below


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 ILSA Spring Conference

The Spring Conference, Facing our Future: Considering New Models of Provision has been agreed by Committee and will take place in Kilkenny.  Further information as to the date and venue will be posted here shortly.  Handouts from the Annual Conference are now available on the website.  To access the handouts, please click on Publications and select Handouts from the drop-down menu.


Membership & Conference Forms

  • Download ILSA membership application form: click here (WORD) or here (pdf)
  • Download Conference Application form: click here
  • Download Conference Timetable: click here (WORD) or here (PDF)


Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders.

There will be an information night in Mayo Education Centre on November 25th about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders.  For additional information please downlead the flier


Dyslexia Courses in Ireland

Dyslexia Courses Ireland has been set up and is offering courses for persons dealing with dyslexia from early primary stage into third level. 

Key presenters are

  •          Deirdre McGuinness, former Head of Organisational Services Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI)
  •          Wyn McCormack, guidance counsellor and special education teacher
  •          Mary Ball, former Head of Educational and Psychological Service, DAI. 

All three have presented courses for many years to teachers, parents and students.  Mary and Wyn have co-authored Dyslexia, an Irish Perspective and Factsheets on Dyslexia for Second level Schools (2013). 

Our aim is to increase the knowledge about dyslexia and the teaching and learning strategies that support the child with dyslexia within the school setting.  We are offering courses to schools for staff, parents associations and students.  The courses include:

  •          Parents Information talks.
  •          Study workshops for Leaving Certificate students.
  •          Individual tuition for Leaving Certificate students targeting their specific difficulties.
  •          In-service courses for school staff. 

Full details are on the website   Attached is an information sheet on the courses at second level.  We see our courses complementing the existing range of courses offered by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. 

Also the Factsheets on Dyslexia at Second level have been up-dated and are available for download at  In particular there are significant additions to Factsheet 15 on computers and assistive technology including how to obtain digital copies of texts from educational publishers and information on how to obtain up-to-date information on tablets and Apps.

It is our hope that this new venture will increase the awareness in Irish schools about dyslexia. 





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