Making a DARE Application

If you are a school leaver under 23 years old (as at 1 January 2017) and you want to be considered for DARE, you must follow the 5 steps below.
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Applicants applying for DARE must:

  1. Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2017.
  2. Apply to the CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2017.
  3. No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2017, 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). To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 (‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’) on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 17:15 on 1 March 2017.
  4. Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 1 April 2017.
  5. Download Section C Evidence of Disability, and have it completed by the appropriate medical professional (only if you do not already have a report verifying your disability which meets the DARE criteria). Return it to CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 1 April 2017.
  6. Applicants with a specific learning difficulty are asked to provide a full psychological assessment of any age completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist instead of the Section C Evidence of Disability form. This report must be accompanied by attainment scores from tests administered by your school and/ or an appropriately qualified psychologist.
  7. Applicants with DCD (Dyspraxia or Dysgraphia) are asked to provide a full psycho-educational assessment of any age completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist and in addition must provide documentation from an occupational therapist, neurologist or physiotherapist. Click here for details on the type of evidence required by DARE.

Applicants who are unable to complete the online form may contact the CAO directly to request a paper application form.

Supplementary Information Form

Section A – Applicant Information

Section A is filled out by you, the applicant, and asks for information on your disability, the supports you received in second level and how your disability impacted on your education. Section A must be completed by 1 March 2017.

Question 1 - Do you wish to be considered for DARE?

Question 1 (b) - Carrying forward DARE eligibility from 2016 to 2017

Question 2 - Your Primary Disability

Question 3 - Your Other Disabilities

Question 4 - Supports

Question 5 - Personal Statement

Section B Educational Impact Statement

The Educational Impact Statement allows you and your school to provide detail of how your disability has impacted on your second level experience. The Educational Impact Statement is used by DARE to determine if an applicant to DARE has been educationally impacted as a result of their disability. This information and the information contained in your Evidence of Disability documentation (Section C) allows DARE to assess if an applicant has met the DARE criteria. The Educational Impact Statement also provides background on your educational experience and helps to determine appropriate supports at third level.

There are two sections on the Educational Impact Statement:
(Click on each heading to find out more).

EIS Checklist

Completing the Educational Impact Statement: Indicators 1 - 6


Section C Providing Evidence of Your Disability

Your evidence of disability documentation is used by DARE to establish whether or not you meet DARE’s eligibility criteria. In addition it is used by DARE colleges and universities to determine the kinds of supports you might need when you get to college. Your application will not be complete until you provide evidence of your disability by 1 April 2017.  To find out more information on DARE’s eligibility criteria click here.

Next Steps in the DARE Application Process

How is my application assessed?

What happens after my application is assessed?

If you are eligible for DARE?

If you are ineligible for DARE?

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