DARE ? Disability Access Route to Education

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Drive to fill over 1000 higher education places for students with disabilities

06 October 2009

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), aimed at all school leavers with disabilities, is being launched today by the seven universities, DIT, Athlone Institute of Technology, National College of Ireland and the Mater Dei Institute of Education. This supplementary admissions scheme recognises the impact of disability on educational attainment and on progression to higher education. Approximately 300 students accepted places through DARE in 2009. The eleven participating colleges aim to greatly increase this number in 2010 by offering on average 5% of first year places on a reduced points basis. To read more about today?s launch of the DARE programme, click here or log on to www.accesscollege.ie

Dublin Institute of Technology, which participates in the DARE scheme, welcomes applications from students with disabilities and aims to facilitate not only access to higher education but also active participation in all areas of college life. The needs of students requiring support services are addressed on an individual basis, and every effort will be made to meet those needs within the resources available. For more details on the services and support available in DIT click here.

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HEAR ? Higher Education Access Route

Third level access scheme extended to all secondary schools in Ireland

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) has been extended by the seven universities, DIT and the seven colleges of education from 305 to all 730 secondary schools in Ireland for entry in 2010. The HEAR scheme broadens access opportunities to third level education for school leavers from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds across the country. The scheme, which in the past was primarily reserved for students from schools that were designated as being in areas of disadvantage, has expanded in recognition of the fact that educational disadvantage affects a cross section of all communities and is not confined to clearly identifiable areas or regions.

This year, for the first time, chool leavers who wish to apply for the scheme this year can do so online as part of the CAO application process. Applications open from 1st November 2009 onwards. A dedicated website www.accesscollege.ie has also been developed to provide full details of the scheme and assist students in making their application. For more information about the Access programme in DIT, please click here: http://www.communitylinks.ie/dit-access-service/

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