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  • 1. Disability Access Route to Education Schools Presentation
  • 2. What is DARE? An admissions scheme which offers college places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities.
  • 3. What is DARE? Because disability can effect educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.
  • 4. 10/15/12
  • 5. What Colleges Participate? • Athlone Institute of Technology • Cork Institute of Technology • Dublin City University • Dublin Institute of Technology • Mater Dei Institute of Education • National College of Ireland • NUI Galway • NUI Maynooth • Pontifical University, Maynooth • Trinity College Dublin • University College Cork • University College Dublin • University of Limerick
  • 6. Who Should Apply? Applicants whose disability had a significant impact on educational performance in school
  • 7. Who Should Apply? Applicants who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of disability.
  • 8. Who Should Apply? Applicants under 23 years as at 1st January 2014
  • 9. Disabilities eligible for consideration Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism
  • 10. Disabilities eligible for consideration ADD/ADHD
  • 11. Disabilities eligible for consideration Blind/Vision Impaired
  • 12. Disabilities eligible for consideration Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • 13. Disabilities eligible for consideration DCD – Dyspraxia/ Dysgraphia
  • 14. Disabilities eligible for consideration Mental Health Conditions
  • 15. Disabilities eligible for consideration Neurological Conditions (Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Speech & Language Disabilities)
  • 16. Disabilities eligible for consideration Significant Ongoing Illness
  • 17. Disabilities eligible for consideration Physical Disability
  • 18. Disabilities eligible for consideration Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia & Dyscalculia)
  • 19. I want to apply to DARE. What’s next? Review DARE Application Guide with your parents or guardians. 10/15/12
  • 20. I want to apply to DARE. What’s next? Complete Section A of the Supplementary Info Form (SIF) and apply to DARE by 1 March 2014.
  • 21. I want to apply to DARE. What’s next? Submit academic reference and evidence of disability to CAO by 1 April 2014. School teacher or Guidance Counsellor or Visiting Teacher AND school principal must complete the form The form MUST BE stamped by school
  • 22. Section C – Evidence of Disability Downloaded it, get it completed, signed and stamped by the accepted Medical Consultant/ Specialist and returned to the CAO All applicants must complete this form with the exception of the following: 1. Applicants with specific learning difficulties (SLD) 2. Applicants who have an existing report completed by the accepted Medical Consultant/Specialist.
  • 23. How To Apply, Step 1 You must apply to CAO www.cao.ie by 17:15 on 1st February 2014.
  • 24. How To Apply, Step 2 By the 1st March 2014 complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (part of your CAO application). Remember to tick “Yes” to Question 5 by 17:15 on 1st March 2014.
  • 25. How To Apply, Step 3 By the 1st April 2014. Return the fully completed Second Level Academic Reference (Section B) and Evidence of Disability (Section C) to the CAO by 17:15
  • 26. Four Parts to Supplementary Information Form (SIF)? 1. Section A – completed by you by 1st March 2014 2. Supplementary Admissions Routes – you must ‘opt-in’ to DARE by 1st March 2014 by ticking “yes” to Q.5 3. Section B – completed by the school and returned by 1st April 2014 4. Section C – completed by the accepted Medical Consultant / Specialist and returned by 1st April 2014
  • 27. How are Applications Screened for Eligibility? To be eligible your disability must have had a significant impact on your educational performance. Eligibility criteria are available on www.accesscollege.ie and the CAO website
  • 28. Next Steps You will be informed of your DARE status in June 2014. If you are disappointed there is an appeals process
  • 29. Common Errors You must indicate that you have a disability/specific learning difficulty on your CAO application form by 1st March 2014
  • 30. Common Errors You must indicate your wish to be considered for DARE by ticking ‘Yes’ to Question 5 by 1st March 2014
  • 31. Common Errors Documentation not submitted on time. You must return the Second Level Academic Reference (Section B) and Evidence of Disability (Section C) to the CAO by 1st April 2014
  • 32. Common Errors Documentation completed by inappropriate professionals Your Evidence of Disability must be by the accepted medical Consultant/Specialist
  • 33. Documentation out-of-date You must ensure that your Evidence of Disability is completed within the specified timeframe Common Errors
  • 34. Common Errors Forms must be signed & stamped by the accepted Medical Consultant/ Specialist OR signed & accompanied by their business card or headed paper
  • 35. Common Errors Not enough information on reports verifying a disability. Ensure the same detail as the Evidence of Disability Form. Students with SpLD, should download the Acceptable Report for SpLD and Summary Sheet.
  • 36. Supports in College You don’t have to be eligible for DARE to get support in college
  • 37. Supports in College A needs assessment is conducted to identify your specific support requirements.
  • 38. Supports in College 1.Orientation Programmes 2.Learning Support 3.Assistive Technology 4.Library Support 5.Exam Support 6.Note-taking/Support Worker 7.Academic Tuition
  • 39. • www.accesscollege.ie • www.cao.ie • DARE Flyers and Application Guides • Better Options Events • 4th December 2013 – NCI • DARE & HEAR Application Advice Clinics • Nationwide, Saturday 11th January 2014 • Individual college websites