HEAR

Blind / Vision Impaired

(Including, but not exclusive – Aniridia, Best’s disease, Charles Bonnet syndrome, Coat’s disease, Coloboma Congenital cataracts, Corneal dystrophies (including Keratoconus), Corneal transplantation, Diabetes-related eye conditions, Hemianopsia, Glaucoma, High degree myopia, Macular Hole, Nystagmus, Retinitis pigmentosa, Retinal vessel occlusion, Retinopathy of prematurity, Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, Stickler Syndrome, Thyroid eye disease, Uveitis, Lawrence Moon Biedel Syndrome, Alstrom Syndrome)

Appropriate Professional Ophthalmologist OR
Ophthalmic Surgeon
Type of Documentation Required Complete the Evidence of Disability Form 2018 OR
Submit an existing report completed by the appropriate professional that contains the same detail as the Evidence of Disability Form. The report must be signed and submitted on the headed paper.
Required Age of Report While there is no age limit on diagnostic evidence submitted, it is advisable to submit a recent report.
Other Disabilities Submit an Evidence of Disability Form for each disability/ condition to be considered.
Educational Impact Statement (EIS) The Educational Impact Statement allows you and your school to provide detail of how your disability has impacted on your second level experience. The EIS is a requirement for all applicants.
The Department of Education and Skills Visiting Teacher Service can also submit a Transition Report of a DARE applicant; however, this is not a substitute for the Educational Impact Statement
DARE Eligibility The applicant is eligible once the appropriate professional confirms that:
The Best Corrected Visual Acuity is equal to or less than 6/24 (Snellen) in one eye OR
The Best Corrected Visual Acuity is equal to or less than 6/18 (Snellen) in both eyes OR
Near Vision N18 or less in one eye OR
The Peripheral Field of Vision is limited to the extent that it interferes with normal visual acquisition of visual material, e.g. Homonymous Hemianopia OR
The Central Field of Vision is limited to the extent that it interferes with normal visual acquisition of visual material, e.g. Stargardt’s Disease OR
Cortical visual impairment as part of a brain insult resulting in an inability to process visual information AND
the applicant meets any combination of two educational impact indicators from Indicators 1 to 5 on the EIS.