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1 Disability Access Route to Education Schools Presentation

2 What is DARE? The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme which offers college places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been established by a number of higher education institutions as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.

3 Who Should Apply? Applicants whose disability had a significant impact on educational performance in school. Applicants who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of disability. Applicants under 23 years as at 1 January 2015.

4 Disabilities eligible for consideration – Autistic Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome) – ADD / ADHD – Blind / Vision Impaired – Deaf / Hard of Hearing – DCD – Dyspraxia / Dysgraphia – Mental Health Conditions – Neurological Conditions (Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Speech & Language Disabilities) – Significant Ongoing Illness – Physical Disability – Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia & Dyscalculia)

5 I want to apply to DARE. What’s next? Review DARE Application Guide with your parents or guardians. Apply to CAO by 1 February Complete Section A of the Supplementary Info Form and apply to DARE by 1 March Submit academic reference and evidence of disability to CAO by 1 April 2015.

6 How to Apply Step 1 Apply to CAO by 17:15 on 1 February Step 2 No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2015, you must disclose your disability 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 be considered for the DARE scheme, you must indicate this on Section A of the fully completed SIF by ticking “Yes” to Question 1 by 17:15 on 1st March 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 1 April 2015.

7 What is the Supplementary Information Form (SIF)? A separate form which gathers additional information on your disability. The Supplementary Information Form has 4 separate sections: Section A Completed by you by 1 March 2015 You must ‘opt-in’ to DARE by ticking “yes” to Q.1. Section B Completed by the school and returned by 1 April Section C Completed by the appropriate professional and returned by 1 April 2015.

8 Supplementary Admissions Routes Question 1: To be eligible for consideration under DARE, you must tick “yes” to Question 1. You must do this by 1 March If you do not tick “yes” to Q.1 you will not be considered under DARE.

9 Section A: Applicant Information Section A asks for information on your disability and the supports received in second level. Complete a Personal Statement outlining the academic impact of your disability. Complete online by 1 March 2015.

10 Section B – Second Level Academic Reference Provides information on your educational experience and helps to determine supports in 3rd level. Download form. Ask your school teacher or guidance counsellor or visiting teacher or school principal or deputy school principal to complete the form. The form MUST BE stamped by school. Return to the CAO by 1 April 2015.

11 Provides verification of your disability and helps to determine 3rd level supports. You can provide an existing report Or Complete Section C Evidence of Disability. Get form completed, signed and stamped by the appropriate professional or accompanied by their business card or headed paper. The Evidence of Disability must be returned to the CAO by 1 April Section C – Evidence of Disability

12 For example, applicants with: ADD / ADHD Mental Health Conditions Significant Ongoing Illness Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia and dyscalculia) DCD - Dyspraxia/ Dysgraphia. must provide a report that is less than 3 years old i.e. dated after 1 February 2012.

13 Applicants with Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia and dyscalculia) must provide a full psycho-educational assessment dated after 1 February Applicants with DCD - Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia. must provide a full psycho-educational assessment dated after 1 February 2012 AND Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report completed by Occupational Therapist or Neurologist (No age limit) Section C – Evidence of Disability

14 If you submit an Existing Report make sure it is: Completed and signed by the appropriate professional AND Contains the stamp of the appropriate professional or is on headed paper or is accompanied by a business card AND Contains the same detail as requested on the Evidence of Disability Form 2015 AND Has been completed within the appropriate time limit. Evidence from a General Practitioner/ family doctor or support organisation will not be accepted as verification of a disability. Section C – Evidence of Disability

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16 TYPE OF DISABILITY TYPE OF DOCUMENTATION APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL REQUIRED AGE OF REPORT Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome). Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Consultant Psychiatrist OR Psychologist OR Neurologist OR Paediatrician. No age limit. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Consultant Psychiatrist OR Psychologist OR Neurologist OR Paediatrician. Must be less than three years old i.e. dated after 1 February Blind/Vision Impaired.Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Ophthalmologist OR Ophthalmic Surgeon. No age limit. Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Students may apply under one of the following categories: (A)Applicants who have an Audiogram (B)Applicants who attend a School for the Deaf (C)Applicants with a Cochlear Implant. Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. (DARE does not accept reports from high street retailers) (A)Applicants who have an audiogram: Diagnostic/ Clinical Audiologist registered with the Irish Academy of Audiologists (IAA) (B)Applicants who attend a School for the Deaf: Principal of School for the Deaf (C)Applicants with a Cochlear Implant: Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Consultant OR Cochlear Implant Programme Co-ordinator No age limit.

17 TYPE OF DISABILITY TYPE OF DOCUMENTATION APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL REQUIRED AGE OF REPORT Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia/ Dysgraphia. Full psycho- educational assessment AND Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Psychologist AND Occupational Therapist OR Neurologist. Psychologist’s Report must be less than three years old i.e. dated after 1 February No age limit Occupational Therapist’s or Neurologist’s report. Mental Health Condition. Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Consultant Psychiatrist on Specialist Register. Must be less than three years old i.e. dated after 1st February Neurological Conditions (incl. Epilepsy, Brain Injury, Speech and Language Disabilities). Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Neurological Conditions: Neurologist OR Other relevant Consultant. Speech & Language Disabilities: Speech and Language Therapist. No age limit. Physical Disability. Evidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Orthopaedic Consultant OR Other relevant consultant appropriate to the disability/ condition. No age limit.

18 TYPE OF DISABILITY TYPE OF DOCUMENTATION APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL REQUIRED AGE OF REPORT Significant Ongoing IllnessEvidence of Disability Form 2015 OR Existing report. Diabetes Type 1: Endocrinologist OR Paediatrician. Cystic Fibrosis (CF): Consultant Respiratory Physician OR Paediatrician Gastroenterology Conditions: Gastroenterologist Other Conditions: Relevant Consultant/ Specialist in area of condition. Must be less than three years old i.e. dated after 1st February Specific Learning Difficulty (incl. Dyslexia & Dyscalculia) Full psycho-educational assessment Psychologist Must be less than three years old i.e. dated after 1st February 2012.

19 How are Applications Screened for Eligibility? To be eligible for DARE your disability must have had a significant impact on your educational performance. Specific criteria have been developed to determine the significance of each disability and the impact on educational achievement. The criteria used for assessing the impact of disability were developed by Disability Advisory Boards, which included college professionals, consultants and specialists in each field of disability, representatives from professional/regulatory bodies and representatives from expert external organisations. Eligibility criteria are available on and the CAO website.www.accesscollege.ie

20 DARE / HEAR Timeline DARE & HEAR closing date1 March 2015 Supporting documents closing date1 April 2015 Notification of eligibilityLate June 2015 Application recheckJuly 2015 HEAR/DARE offersAugust 2015 College OrientationLate Aug /Early Sept 2015

21 Next Steps in the Application Process You will be informed of your DARE status in June If you are not eligible for DARE you will be informed of the reasons for your ineligibility. You can request to have your application rechecked if: – you believe there was an administrative error in the screening of your application OR – your supporting documents were not received by the CAO. You must however have proof of postage and photocopies of the documents to prove that you sent them on time and to the correct location. If you are not eligible for DARE you can still get into college through the CAO if you meet the entry requirements for your course of your choice.

22 Reduced Points. An example If the Leaving Certificate points for a course is 360 points, an eligible DARE applicant could be offered a place with a lower points score e.g. 350 points. Applicants need to meet entry and programme requirements to be considered for a DARE reduced points offer. The amount of points a particular course is reduced by is dependent on: o The overall number of places on the course o The number of reserved DARE places on the course o The number of DARE eligible applicants competing for these reserved places. The reduction in points for DARE places can vary every year. Benefits of DARE

23 What College Places are Available? Each participating college has allocated a quota of places on a reduced points basis for students entering through DARE. The quota of places available through DARE differs from one institution to another. You must matriculate and meet specific course requirements. Details of quotas and admissions policies can be found on individual college websites and

24 Supports in College You don’t have to be eligible for DARE to get support in college A needs assessment is conducted to identify your specific support requirements. Supports may include: – Orientation Programmes – Learning Support – Assistive Technology – Library Support – Exam Support – Note-taking/Support Worker – Academic Tuition

25 More Information… DARE Flyers and Application Guides Better Options Events – 24 th November 2014 – NCI DARE & HEAR Application Advice Clinics – Nationwide, Saturday 10th January 2015 Individual college websites

26 cao.ie susi.ie qualifax.ie cao.ie accesscollege.ie ahead.ie/betteroptions More Information…


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