Disability Access Route to Education- DARE is a scheme which provides access to third level universities and colleges for school leavers who may be negatively impacted by their disability resulting in a lack of points to meet the criteria for college courses, but where it is evident that they would benefit and succeed at third level. The educational institutions involved in the DARE scheme, have a limited number of places set aside on a reduced points basis.

Some pupils with special needs may qualify for an exemption from learning Irish at primary and second level. Each Third Level College has it’s own admissions policy regarding Irish as an entry requirement.

Applications for DARE must be accompanied by professional reports. The age of the reports varies depending on the type of disability and is outlined here.

2013 DARE Applications

CAO Application Process- The CAO Application Process opens on November 2012.

Step 1

Apply to the CAO at www.cao.ie by 17:15 on 1st February 2013.

Step 2
No later than 17:15 on 1st March 2013 you must disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (the SIF is a part of your CAO application). If you wish to to be considered for the DARE scheme, you must indicate this on Section A of the fully completed SIF by ticking “Yes” to Question 5 by 17:15 on 1st March 2013.

Step 3
You must return the fully completed Second Level Academic Reference (Section B) and Evidence of Disability (Section C) to the CAO by 17:15 on 1st April 2013.

Download information and application forms.

Watch DARE Application Advice Video

National Learning Network

The National Learning Network has training centers in most counties and provides training for people aged 16 and over, who are not ready for the transition to the labour market and higher education. NLN is a non government organisation which is part of the Rehab Group and most courses are funded through Fas and the HSE.

All courses are designed to meet individual needs through the use of Individual Action Plans.

Download the National Learning Network Prospectus



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