Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Disability Access Route to Education
  2. Language Exemptions

Disability Access Route to Education

What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?
Who is DARE for?
Why was DARE set up?
What does “reduced points” mean?
Which colleges take part in DARE?
How many places are there for DARE students each year?
What disabilities are eligible for consideration for DARE?
Who screens DARE applications?
What criteria are used to assess applications for DARE?
How can I apply to DARE?
How do I know what supporting documents to provide?
I am no longer attending school. What can I do?
I have attended two different schools for the duration of my post primary education. Should I submit two Educational Impact Statements?
Who are the Appropriate Professionals and how old can reports be?
I have a full psychological assessment report completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist but some of the information that is needed for DARE is not in the report
What are the application and closing dates for DARE?
What happens if my application is late?
What happens after DARE applications are assessed?
I’ve been told I’m ineligible but I think there was some mistake in the assessment of my application - what can I do?
What happens if I am offered a place in college through DARE?
I have a disability but am not eligible for DARE. Will I get any support in college?
I have a disability but I think I may also be eligible for HEAR - can I apply to both schemes?
I am a mature student. Can I apply to DARE?

Language Exemptions

I have been told that I am eligible to be included in the DARE scheme. Does this mean that I now have an exemption from doing Irish/another language in my Leaving Certificate?
What is fitness to practice?