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Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

Applicants, parents and Guidance Counsellors with questions about completing the SIF/DARE form should consult the published handbooks and contact CAO if they cannot find answers to their questions. We will have staff trained in dealing with queries on completing these sections of the form.

Questions on how applicants will be assessed and how offers are to be determined should be directed to the Access and Disability Offices in Higher Education Institutions and not CAO. CAO plays no part in making decisions on admissions.

To speak to a DARE representative in the Access Office of each of the participating institutions please use the contact details listed here.

Changes to Application Process 2021

Recognising the difficulty applicants and schools are facing due to extended periods of school closure, temporary changes have been made to the 2021 DARE process to help students to make their applications. To ensure supporting documentation reaches CAO in time for the 15th March deadline, DARE has made the following two changes to Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS).

  1. Schools can now electronically sign off students’ supporting documentation. For further details, please click here.
  2. Students applying with Specific Learning Difficulties can now use literacy or numeracy attainment test scores which are up to three years older than those originally sought (from 1st February 2016 instead of 1st February 2019). For further details, please click here.

DARE pdf downloads

Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
Disability Access Route to Education Handbook Iamhghabháil
SIF Section B - Educational Impact Statement Form * Iamhghabháil
SIF Section C - Evidence of Disability Form Iamhghabháil
Guide to providing evidence of your disability Iamhghabháil
Guide for GPs for Completing Section C Evidence of Disability Iamhghabháil
DARE SLD Attainment Summary Sheet 2021 Iamhghabháil
DARE 2021 Information for Psychologists in relation to applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty Iamhghabháil
DARE 2021 Information for Guidance Counsellors/Teachers in relation to applicants with a SLD Iamhghabháil
DARE Key Dates Iamhghabháil
DARE School Presentation Iamhghabháil
DARE Information Leaflet Iamhghabháil
* How to download and complete the Educational Impact Statement (EIS)

For information on DARE Eligibility Criteria please see www.accesscollege.ie
DARE Application Information Day
Please click here to access the recording of the DARE Application Information Session which was hosted live on Saturday 9 January.
DARE Application Videos
How to apply to DARE 2021

This video shows the DARE application process in full.
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How to apply to DARE 2021 (with subtitles)

This video shows the DARE application process in full with subtitles.
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DARE Application Video by Section
1. What is DARE?

   What Colleges take part in DARE?

   What disabilities/conditions are considered by DARE?
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2. Is DARE for me?

   This video explains the Educational Impact Indicators.
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3. How do I apply to DARE? Part 1

   This video explains:

  • How to apply to DARE
  • How to complete the online Supplementary Information Form (Section A) Questions 1 – 5
  • How to Carry Forward Eligibility from 2020 to 2021
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4. How do I apply to DARE? Part 2

   Sections B & C Supporting Documents


   This video outlines what supporting documents are required to complete your DARE application.
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5. Summary of the DARE Application Process  View 
Word versions of the above forms can be downloaded here from accesscollege.ie

Timetable of Events for DARE application process

Please note:

1. These dates may be amended. CAO may communicate with applicants on dates that are not listed below.

2. CAO will correspond with applicants via post, e-mail, SMS text or telephone. All CAO correspondence must be read carefully and any errors or omissions notified to CAO immediately.

3. It may take some time to prepare supporting documents and applicants must allow enough time to ensure that their documents reach CAO by the deadline. Documents received after the deadline will not be accepted.

4. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all relevant correspondence is received and dealt with appropriately. If an applicant is going to be absent at any stage between February and October, they should arrange for someone to deal quickly with their correspondence. Failure to respond may have very serious consequences.

5th November (12:00) CAO online application facility opens.
The DARE Supplementary Information Form (SIF) becomes available for CAO applicants.
1st February (17:15) Closing date for CAO applications.
February CAO will send a reminder email to all applicants that have ticked the Med box in their application that Yes to Q1 in the SIF should be ticked if they want to be included in the DARE scheme.
1st March (17:15) 1. As part of your CAO application you must indicate that you have a disability.
2. Closing date for completion of Section A of the SIF.
3. If you wish to be considered for the DARE scheme you must indicate this on the fully completed SIF/DARE form by ticking “Yes” to Question 1 by 17:15 on 1st March.
March CAO will acknowledge receipt of your online DARE application by email and remind you that your application is not complete until you submit your supporting documents.
15th March (17:15) Latest date for DARE supporting documents (Section B-Educational Impact Statement & Section C-Evidence of Disability) to arrive in CAO. Both sections must be completed, signed and stamped.
Before End of May CAO Statement of Application Record sent to all applicants.
(Contact CAO if you do not receive it)
April-June Screening of DARE applications.
End of June Applicants notified of outcome of DARE Application; DARE Review and Appeals process opens.
2nd July (17:15) DARE application Review and Appeals deadline.
Early August DARE Review and Appeals applicants notified of eligibility.
Mid-August Current year Leaving Certificate results issued.
Mid-August
Round 1 offers issued - applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text.
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record.
TBC
Round 1 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
TBC
Round 2 offers issued.
Early September HEIs begin registration.