What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.
How can The Sunflower Clinic help and what types of disabilities does DARE consider?
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Blind / Vision Impaired
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) – Dyspraxia / Dysgraphia
Mental Health Conditions
Neurological Conditions (including Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Speech and
Significant On-going Illness
Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia)
Who should apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January, 2015, 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 a
disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels
and other EU qualifications.