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CAO Handbook
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Step 4 – Indicate if you wish to disclose a Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty and apply for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

HEIs participating in the DARE Scheme

Other HEIs operating admission schemes for school-leavers with disabilities

Athlone Institute of Technology

National College of Ireland

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology, Carlow

NUI Galway

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology*

Cork Institute of Technology

Pontifical University Maynooth

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown *

Dublin City University

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Institute of Technology Tallaght*

Dublin Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

St Angela's College Sligo


Limerick Institute of Technology

Trinity College Dublin

Marino Institute of Education

University College Cork

Mary Immaculate College Limerick

University College Dublin

Maynooth University

University of Limerick

* These HEIs do not apply the closing dates set out in the next sections

Table 1.5 HEIs participating in the DARE scheme or operating schemes for school-leavers with disabilities

If you wish to disclose a disability or specific learning difficulty, click on the 'Modify Disability/SLD (and DARE Application) Status' button on the online application form and follow the instructions provided – for most institutions, you must complete this part of your application before 1st March at 5:15pm. If you would like to provide more information on your Disability or Specific Learning Difficulty please complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) before 1st March at 5:15pm. This will allow the HEIs to consider any specific support needs you may have in a HEI. You will be instructed to complete the SIF form when you select 'Modify Disability/SLD Status' on the online application form. Instructions for completing the form and submitting documents are included in the online form.

Some HEIs take account of the impact of your disability and/or specific learning difficulty on your educational performance through the provision of alternative admissions schemes. If deemed eligible for these schemes applicants may receive a reduction in points for entry to courses in participating HEIs. To be considered for entry to a course, applicants must satisfy matriculation/minimum entry and subject requirements. Full details on the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and information which you should use to help you apply for the scheme are available at There are other admissions routes for mature and QQI FET/FETAC Level 5/6 applicants; further information is available on HEI websites.

Applicants applying for DARE must:

  1. Be under the age of 23 as of 1st January 2018.

  2. Apply to CAO by 5:15pm on 1st February 2018.

  3. No later than 5:15pm on 1st March 2018, you must disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (the SIF is a part of your CAO application).
    If you wish to be considered for the DARE scheme you must answer yes to question 1 on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 5:15pm on 1st March 2018.

  4. Download Section B of the SIF (Educational Impact Statement), have it completed by your school and returned to CAO to arrive by 5:15pm on 1st April 2018.

  5. Download Section C of the SIF (Evidence of Disability), have it completed by the appropriate medical professional (only if you do not already have a report verifying your disability) and returned to CAO to arrive by 5:15pm on 1st April 2018. In place of Section C, applicants with a specific learning difficulty or dyspraxia are asked to provide a full psycho-educational assessment completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist. In addition, applicants with dyspraxia must provide documentation from an occupational therapist, neurologist or physiotherapist.

Please Note: There are particular requirements for Section C of the SIF when applying for alternative admissions schemes in relation to the Medical Consultant/Specialist who must verify your disability, the age limit on reports, and the documentation required.