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Disability Access - DARE

Video: How to Apply to Dare

What is the DARE Scheme?

DARE is an alternative third level education admissions scheme. It offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years, with a disability that has had a negative impact on their education at second level. 

The scheme is available for entry to 20 participating colleges and universities as follows:

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) click here
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) click here
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) click here
Dublin City University (DCU) click here
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, Technology (IADT)*  click here
Institute of Technology Carlow* click here
Institute of Technology Sligo click here
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)* click here
Marino Institute of Education click here
Mary Immaculate College Limerick click here
Maynooth University click here
National College of Ireland (NCI) click here
NUI Galway click here
Pontifical University Maynooth click here
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) click here
St. Angela's College Sligo click here
Trinity Collge Dublin (TCD) click here
University College Cork (UCC) click here
University College Dublin (UCD) click here
University of Limerick (UL) click here

*New/additional colleges participating in DARE 2018

Who is DARE for?
DARE is for school leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability. 

Changes to DARE

Some important changes to DARE requirements for applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty were put in place for entry from 2017:

Evidence of Disability: A full Psychological Assessment Report of any age that clearly states that the applicant presents with a Specific Learning Difficulty (other acceptable terminology includes: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Specific Learning Disability/Disorder).


Evidence of Educational Impact: Educational Impact Statement signed off by the applicant’s school. The Educational Impact Statement can contain scores from schools based attainment testing as they apply to DARE, once these tests have been carried out within the previous two years of application.


The Educational Impact Statement can be accompanied by the results of attainment tests carried out by a Psychologist within the previous two years of application.

Applicants submitting a full psycho-educational assessment dated between 1 February 2014 and 1 February 2015 are not required to submit literacy or numeracy attainment test scores dated post 1 February 2015 provided that the attainment scores on the report meet the DARE criteria.

Please note that an IQ Score or General Ability Score is no longer a requirement for DARE.

Full details of all the DARE requirements for entry 2017 will be published in the autumn.

DARE Requirements for Applicants with DCD

From 2017, applicants to DARE with DCD Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia are no longer be required to submit a full pyscho-educational assessment dated within the previous three years of application.

Evidence of Disability: A full psycho-educational assessment from an appropriately qualified Psychologist (of any age)


A report completed by an Occupational Therapist OR Neurologist OR Chartered Physiotherapist (of any age)


An Educational Impact Statement

DARE Application and Advice Clinics 2018 take place on 20th January

DARE Application Timetable 2017/18

From November 2017

CAO applications open from 4 November 2017 at 12 noon. Intending applicants are advised to:

1. Review the current DARE Handbook - it is a good idea to do this with your parent(s)/guardian(s).

2. Make your CAO application at

3. Fill in the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) at

4. Complete your Educational Impact Statement - this is done with your school.

5. Gather your Evidence of Disability documents.

By 1 February

Apply to the CAO by 17.15pm at

CAO applications open 5 November at 12 noon.

By 1 March

If you wish to be considered for DARE, answer YES to Question 1 (Do you wish to be considered for DARE?of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Complete Section A (Questions 1-5) of the SIF.

By 1 April

Return your fully completed, signed and stamped documents to The CAO, Tower House, Eglington Street, Galway, by 17.15pm:

1. Educational Impact Statement (Section B)

2. Evidence of Disability (Section C) or other evidence of disability

See Application Details for the latest information on the type of evidence required by DARE.

Ensure that your documents are clear and easy to read.

Include your name and CAO number on all documents provided.

It is not acceptable to send documents by Fax or E-mail.


Assessment of DARE applications takes place. Applicanst will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

June (After LC Exams)/Early July

DARE review and appeals process opens.

Late July /Early August

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of review and appeals.


Leaving Certificate Exam Results

Eligible DARE applicants compete for reduced points places

CAO Offers are made to eligible DARE applicants

Course offers are made and should be accepted through the CAO

Late August /September 

Attend College Orientation and register with Disability Support Services

Click here  for frequently asked questions and information on language exemptions.

Note: Eligible students can apply for both HEAR and DARE. Those eligible for both schemes will be prioritised under new criteria now in place.

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