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AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
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Below you'll find some tips for students with disabilities seeking to enter college through the DARE programme. If you don't know what DARE is, check out our DARE page before reading these tips.

Top 5 Tips

  • Speak to your Guidance Counsellor ASAP about making a DARE application. This will give them plenty of time to complete your Educational Impact Statement & to guide you through the application process. 
  • Check out our website accesscollege.ie/dare and our Facebook page facebook.ie/accesscollege for up-to-date information about what documents you need to send, where to send them. 
  • The DARE process may seem daunting but there is lots of help available. For assistance, contact a member of the DARE team in your chosen college or attend one of the nationwide DARE Advice Clinics. 
  • Application deadlines are very important - a useful tip is to put reminders in your phone for the key DARE application dates and deadlines: February 1st, March 1st and April 1st. 
  • Remember, you do not need to apply to or be eligible for DARE to receive support in college. All students with a verified disability can avail of a variety of academic, personal & social supports in third level.

Download the Tips in PDF Format>>


Kieran HoulihanKieran Houlihan is Access Programme Manager in the Irish Universities Association.

He has responsibility for the management and co-ordination of the DARE and HEAR policies and criteria on behalf of the 20 HEIs who participate in DARE and/ or HEAR. Following their introduction in 2009, DARE and HEAR have established themselves as the primary vehicle through which participating HEIs reach institutional and national targets for the admission and progression of students with disabilities and socio-economically disadvantaged students to and through higher education. Since then well over 20,000 students have been admitted to higher education through the schemes. Kieran has worked in the area of equity of access to Higher Education since 2006 and held a number of roles in the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Office before joining the IUA in 2014. 

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