Educational impact

The Educational Impact Statement (EIS) 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 to determine if you meet DARE criteria for educational impact of your disability. 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:

1. EIS Checklist

This should be completed by the appropriate teacher in your school in consultation with you. This outlines, from your point of view, the impact of your disability on your education. Your response to each of the six statements should act as a guide for your teacher in deciding what information may need to be gathered to complete the rest of the form.

2. Completing the Educational Impact Statement: Indicators 1 – 6

This section needs to be co-ordinated by either your:

  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Year Head
  • Visiting Teacher (for applicants who are blind/ vision impaired or deaf/ hard of hearing)
  • Deputy School Principal
  • School Principal

It is important to note that it is unlikely that all 6 sections of the EIS will be relevant to you. Depending on the type of disability and how that disability has impacted on your individual educational experience, certain sections may be relevant and others may not.

The teacher completing the form may have to consult with other teachers in the school so that they can accurately answer the questions on the impact of your disability.

Applicants who are home schooled should contact a member of the DARE team for guidance on submitting their Educational Impact Statement.

You must submit an EIS from your current post primary school.

  • If you are no longer attending school, you should submit an EIS from the most recent post primary school that you attended. EIS forms completed by a PLC or FET college will not be considered when determining DARE eligibility.
  • If you have not attended your current school for your entire duration of post primary education AND the EIS from this school does not capture the educational impact of your disability/ condition (i.e. the school cannot provide sufficient information for you to be considered under two indicators or more), you should submit a second EIS from your previous school.

Steps for completing the Educational Impact Statement

  1. You or your teacher should download the Educational Impact Statement from here or www.cao.ie.
  2. Your school then needs to complete the form and print off all pages.
  3. You and your parent/ guardian (if you are under 18 on 1 February 2022) should sign the form to indicate you are satisfied that the content is accurate and complete.
  4. Your school principal or deputy principal MUST sign AND stamp the form.
  5. Applicants are not permitted to alter the responses on the EIS after it has been signed off by the principal/ deputy principal. During the DARE assessment process, where there is doubt over the authenticity of an EIS, DARE assessors may contact schools to verify the information submitted. Applicants found to have altered the EIS will be deemed ineligible.

It is the responsibility of YOU the applicant to ensure that the Educational Impact Statement is posted to the CAO to arrive by 15 March 2022.