Providing Evidence of Your Disability

DARE requires you to submit evidence of your disability as part of your application

Your evidence of disability documentation is used by DARE to establish whether or not you meet DARE’s eligibility criteria and therefore overall DARE 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. If you would like to find out more information on DARE’s eligibility criteria click on the relevant disability below.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications to DARE are assessed by professionals in participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who have expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the impact of disability on educational attainment. To assess an applicant’s eligibility for DARE, specific criteria have been developed to determine the significance of each disability and the impact on educational attainment. The criteria used for assessing the impact of disability were developed by Disability Advisory Boards, which included HEI professionals and representatives from expert external organisations.

Click on the relevant disability below to read the screening criteria for that disability.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Blind / Vision Impaired
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
DCD - Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia
Mental Health Condition
Neurological Conditions
Speech, Language and Communication Disorder
Significant Ongoing Illness
Physical Disability
Specific Learning Difficulties
Other Disabilities/ Medical Conditions

Getting Your Evidence of Disability Completed by the Appropriate Professional:

When submitting your evidence of disability documentation please make sure that it has been completed by the appropriate medical/education professional for your disability. A list of the appropriate professionals for each disability type (e.g. blind/vision impaired or dyslexia) is detailed above. Any evidence of disability documentation that you submit should make a clear diagnosis of your disability. Documentation which only makes reference to an initial or previous diagnosis is not sufficient.

GP Verification

Types of Acceptable Evidence of Disability