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What is DARE?

DARE stands for Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). It is an admissions scheme for students with disabilities. Under the DARE scheme a number of third level places are allocated on a reduced points basis to school leavers using the scheme. DARE recognizes that some students may have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability.

How to Apply to DARE

Applying for DARE is done through your CAO application. You must tick the box on the CAO form indicating that you have a Disability or Specific Learning difficulty. Once you have indicated this you will then be directed to a separate online form, the Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which asks for additional information. You will need to complete these forms online.

You will then need to print off two additional forms:

1) The Second Level Academic Reference

2) Evidence of Disability Form

These must be printed, completed and returned to the CAO office. For Deaf and hard of hearing students the Evidence of Disability form must be completed by an Audiologist or ENT consultant. A form completed by a GP will not be accepted.

What Happens Next?

Once you have completed all the forms online and send all the additional information to CAO your application is then processed to determine if you are eligible for DARE. You will receive a letter telling you if your application has been successful or not.

Important Note!

If you are not eligible for DARE, you can still get into college through the CAO if you meet the entry requirements for the course of your choice. Applying to DARE does not negatively impact your application in any way.

Benefits of DARE

If you are eligible for DARE you may get a place on a reduced points basis.

All students who apply to DARE regardless of whether their application is successful or not will be offered the chance to meet with the Disability or Access Office before starting college to determine if they will require any support services while at third level.