Date: Saturday 9 January 2021
Time: 10am – 2pm
DARE HEAR organises Application Information Events each year. The Application Information Day provides an opportunity for you and/ or your parent(s)/ guardian(s) to meet online with a member of the DARE HEAR team to discuss your application.
Application Information Days will take place online for 2021. Further information on DARE HEAR application days 2021 will be published on here on accesscollege.ie in due course
DARE no longer requires a full psycho-educational report dated within the previous three years of application for students applying on the basis of an SLD (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia).
• Applicants are required to submit a full psychological assessment report of any age in which a diagnosis of an SLD is clearly outlined.
• Applicants will be required to submit attainment scores, either from school-based testing or from testing administered by a suitably qualified psychologist, which have been carried within the previous two years.
• As with all other disability categories, a completed EIS must be included in the application to DARE.
• Applicants who have an existing diagnosis but have difficulty accessing the appropriate professional to get confirmation of the diagnosis or an updated report may ask their general practitioner (GP) to complete the Section C Evidence of Disability form, if the GP has the relevant information on file.
• To ensure consistency for all applicants to DARE, the Section C (if completed by a GP) must be accompanied by a copy of a document from the applicant’s file in which the diagnosis is confirmed by the DARE appropriate professional.
We would like to thank our school partners for your commitment and patience in working with DARE in what was a challenging year given the significant changes to the criteria and requirements. As a direct result of your hard work in promoting DARE and supporting your students through the DARE application process, many more applicants applied, were deemed eligible and are now fulfilling their dreams and potential.
We would also like to thank all the Guidance Counsellors and Learning Support Teachers who participated in the evaluation of the new Educational Impact Statement. Your feedback was very valuable. We have endeavoured to incorporate as much of it as possible in the EIS for 2017. We look forward to continuing to work with you on this important equity of access initiative in 2017.
This year is the second and final year of the implementation of changes to DARE as a result of the evaluation and consultation process. These changes are aimed at making it easier and more affordable for applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder to provide evidence of their disability. Improvements for 2017 to the DARE Educational Impact Statement have also been made based on from the feedback provided from schools and the learning from year one. Every effort has been made to address concerns highlighted in feedback from schools, including the amount of time the form took to complete and challenges experienced by applicants and schools in using the interactive version.