HEAR

What are the application and closing dates for DARE?

By 17:00 1 February 2022- Apply to CAO on www.cao.ie.
By 17:001 March 2022- You must indicate that you have a disability on your CAO application form.
By 17:00 1 March 2022- You must complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form.
By 17:00 1 March 2022- You must indicate your wish to be considered for DARE by ticking ‘Yes’ to Question 1.
By 17:00 15 March 2022- Submit both Section B Educational Impact Statement and Section C Evidence of Disability Form to the CAO.

If you are unable to complete the online form, you must submit the paper application form (distributed by the CAO) by the same date.

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I have a full psychological assessment report completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist but some of the information that is needed for DARE is not in the report.

If you have a specific learning difficulty, you must submit a full psychological assessment report completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist.
This report must be accompanied by attainment scores from tests administered by your school and/ or an appropriately qualified psychologist carried out on or after 1 February 2020.

If some of the information that DARE needs is not in the full report, an appropriately qualified psychologist can fill out a summary sheet. You must submit both the original full psychological assessment report and the summary sheet.

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I have attended two different schools for the duration of my post primary education. Should I submit two Educational Impact Statements?

If you have not attended your current school for your entire duration of post primary education but the EIS from this school captures the educational impact of your disability/ condition (i.e. the school can provide sufficient information for you to be considered under two indicators or more), you can submit an EIS from your current school.

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.

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I am no longer attending school. What can I do?

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.

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How do I know what supporting documents to provide?

You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). This should be completed by you, your school and an appropriate professional. The Supplementary Information Form contains the following sections:

  • Section A – you must complete Questions 1 to 5 of the online SIF.
  • Section B – you must download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to CAO to arrive by 17:00 on 15 March 2022.
  • Section C – you must 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 CAO to arrive by 17:00 on 15 March 2022

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 carried out on or after 1 February 2020.

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How can I apply to DARE?

Applicants applying for DARE must:

  • Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2022.
  • Apply to the CAO by 17:00 on 1 February 2022.
  • No later than 17:00 on 1 March 2022, 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 17:00 on 1 March 2022.
  • Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to the CAO to arrive by 17:00 on 15 March 2022.
  • 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 17:00 on 15 March 2022.

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.

To confirm you have completed your online application correctly (Questions 1-5), please go to www.cao.ie, click on My Application, enter your login details and check the information you have entered. You can make changes to your DARE application until 1 March 2022.

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What criteria are used to assess applications for DARE?

Specific criteria have been developed to decide the significance of each disability and its impact on educational attainment. The Disability Advisory Boards, HEI professionals and representatives from expert external organisations developed these guidelines. You must meet the criteria to be eligible for DARE.

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Who screens DARE applications?

Your application will be assessed by a team of trained DARE assessors on behalf of the colleges and universities that take part in DARE. These assessors have expertise and knowledge of the impact of disability on educational attainment and assess applications on the basis of the DARE criteria.

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What disabilities are eligible for consideration for DARE?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
Blind/ Vision Impaired
Deaf/ Hearing Impaired
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) – Dyspraxia
Mental Health Condition
Neurological Condition (including Brain Injury and Epilepsy)
Physical Disability
Significant Ongoing Illness
Speech and Language Communication Disorder
Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia and Dyscalculia)

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