The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. 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. DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2017, who have been educationally impacted as a result of their disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.
To be eligible for DARE you must meet both the DARE evidence of disability criteria and DARE educational impact criteria.
For more information please see link below Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
You can also email DARE queries to DARE@ait.ie. If you are made DARE eligible you may be offered a place in AIT on reduced points (10%) provided that you have met the minimum entry requirements and any specific subject requirements for your chosen course.
Types of Disability considered by DARE:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Blind/Vision Impaired.
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia /Dysgraphia.
- Mental Health Difficulty.
- Neurological Conditions (including Epilepsy & Brain Injury)
- Physical Disability.
- Significant Ongoing Illness.
- Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia).
- Speech and Language Communication Disorder