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Inclusive education program for twice exceptional gifted learners - What is twice exception or 2e?

The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted children who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities.



DCU successfully operate an educational programme to cater for our talented 2e children. Below is the DCU CYTI mission statement which explains in more detail the objective of this program.

Mission Statement

Nurturing Talent, Maximising Potential. CTY Ireland aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age.

Click on the Powerpoint below to see DCU's director of CTYI, Dr Colm O'Reillys interpretation of twice exception or 2e as its also called.

Twice exceptional_2e_Dr Colm O' Reilly
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Joining CTYI

Students who wish to take part in CTYI or CAT younger student programmes should take part in the assessment for 6-13-year-olds. Primary school students can submit an Educational Psychologist's Report in lieu of doing an Assessment . The 2023 -2024 Assessment Application Form will be available here from early September 2023.

You can join our mailing list to receive the form when it is available by inputting your email:

If you have any questions regarding primary school assessments, please contact Shauna at


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