Steps to making an application
When applying to DARE, applicants must:
- Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2021.
- Apply to the CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2021.
- No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2021, 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 2021.
- Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 15 March 2021.
- 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 that meets the DARE criteria). Return it to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 15 March 2021.
Note: 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 the school and/ or an appropriately qualified psychologist.
The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) 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 2021.
Question 1 – Do you wish to be considered for DARE?
This question is very important, as you must tick YES and click the Submit Button before 1 March 2021 to be considered for DARE. Ticking Yes, that you want to be considered for DARE, also means that you have read and accept the DARE Terms and Conditions (click here for T&C). If you select NO to Question 1, your application will not be considered for DARE even if you submit supporting documents. You may still avail of disability supports in college should you get an offer and accept it.
Question 2 Your Primary Disability
Question 2 asks you to indicate your primary disability. If you have more than one disability, you should consider your primary disability as the one that has had the greatest impact on your educational experience. You can only tick one primary disability.
Question 3 – Your Other Disabilities
Question 3 asks you to indicate if you have any other disabilities. This is important as all of your disabilities can be assessed for eligibility under DARE in the event that you supply the correct documentation for each one. For this question, you can tick more than one disability.
Question 4 – Supports
Question 4 asks you to list the supports you received in second level and those you may require in third level. Please only tick the supports you actually received in second level and those you feel are necessary in third level.
Question 5 – Personal Statement
This is an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience of being in school and the challenges you faced. This can include (but is not restricted to) your examination performance, access to texts/ materials, memory/ concentration issues, meeting deadlines, attendance, engagement with extracurricular activities and/or the supports you needed for the educational impact of your disability. You may use bullet points if you wish.
What is my personal statement used for?
The personal statement is primarily used by the Disability Support Staff in the colleges to help determine what supports you may need in college. It can also be used by DARE to complement the information you and your school provide as part of the Educational Impact Statement.