CAO / DARE applications 2019

Are you planning to apply to the CAO? Do you stammer? Then you may be eligible for DARE.

What’s DARE?

24 colleges, universities and Institutes of Technologies (Higher Education Institutions – HEIs) around Ireland take part in the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme. DARE is for students, under the age of 23, who experience a negative impact on their school education as a result of a disability or specific learning difficulty. Speech and language communication disorder is one of the conditions considered as part of the scheme, which could include having a stammer. 

If you’re an eligible applicant, you may be offered a place on your preferred CAO course, even if you don’t have enough Leaving Certificate points. All of the participating HEIs have a reserved number of DARE places, and the reduction in Leaving Certificate points can vary year-on-year. As usual, you must meet the HEI’s minimum entry requirements and any specific programme requirements. Details of places available and requirements can be found on

As a DARE student, you’re encouraged to register with student support services. Even if you don’t qualify for DARE, you might still be able to access a variety of academic, personal and social supports in your HEI.

Am I eligible and how do I apply?

To be eligible for DARE, you must apply for the scheme via the CAO, providing evidence of 1) being a person who stammers and 2) the educational impact this has had.

1) In order to provide evidence of being a person who stammers, you must submit an Evidence of Disability Form (available on or or an existing report completed and signed by a Speech and Language Therapist. 

2) In order to provide evidence of the educational impact this has had, you must submit an Educational Impact Statement (available on or This must be completed with your school, signed and stamped by your school principal or deputy principal, and signed by you and your parent/guardian. It should outline how you meet any two of the DARE Educational Impact criteria: 1. Have you received intervention or supports in secondary school as a result of having a stammer? 2. Has having a stammer impacted on your attendance or regularly disrupted your school day? 3. Has it affected your school experience and wellbeing? 4. Has it impacted on your learning or exam results? 5. Has it caused any other educational impact?

It can take a while to gather and finalise your documentation so you’re encouraged to start as soon as possible.

Applicants who are eligible for both the HEAR and DARE schemes are prioritised. HEAR is for students from a background of socio-economic disadvantage and, like DARE, offers HEI places on reduced Leaving Certificate points. You should apply to both DARE and HEAR if they are relevant to you.

If you have more than one disability, all of your disabilities can be assessed for eligibility under DARE as long as you provide evidence of them and the educational impact they have had.

Key dates:

  • 19 January: DARE and HEAR Application Information Day events around Ireland – details on
  • 1 February: deadline to apply to the CAO.
  • 1 March: deadline to apply for DARE and complete the Supplementary Information Form.
  • 1 April: deadline to return the Educational Impact Statement and Evidence of Disability documentation to the CAO.
  • June: you will be notified of the outcome of your DARE application.
  • August: when Leaving Certificate results are released, eligible DARE applicants compete for reduced points places – course offers are made and accepted through the CAO.

For more information, including the DARE Handbook 2019, see and You can also contact the DARE advisors in the participating HEIs.

Christmas Social – Thursday 6th December

Call in for a Christmas drink with the Irish stammering community. Catch up with people you’ve met at the Dublin support group or at an ISA event and maybe make some new friends! If you haven’t attended anything in the past, come along to learn about the ISA and meet other people who stammer in an informal environment. You can hear first hand about the recent ISA events such as the Walk and Talks. You’ll get a chance to meet other people who stammer in an informal environment.

The Christmas social closes off 2018 for the ISA and looks forward to 2019. Help us mark the season and join us for the final ISA social event of the year.

Free finger food from 8 p.m. Thursday 6th December in The Church, Junction of Mary St and Jervis St, Dublin 1


Dublin conference exploring cultural and clinical practice in dysfluency

Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers: Expanding the Borders of Dysfluency Studies (Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, 12 October, 2018)

Keynote speaker: Chris Eagle, Emory University, Centre for the Study of Human Health (Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature, 2014; Talking Normal: Literature, Speech Disorders, and Disability, ed. 2013)

The conference will explore the embodied experience and cultural construction of stammering from the collaborative perspectives of literary/cultural analysis, speech therapy and neurological research. The aim of the conference is to develop an interface between literary, cultural and clinical practice in the area of speech ‘disorders’, generating new forms of communication and exchange across these fields.

Despite the centrality of literary/cultural studies to the emergence of Dysfluency Studies (Marc Shell, Stutter 2005; Chris Eagle Dysfluencies 2014), the 2017 Oxford Dysfluency Conference had no humanities-based papers. This conference addresses this imbalance, bringing cultural analysis into genuine exchange with scientific and therapeutic practice, and necessarily negotiating the tension between a medically-inflected model of ‘recovery’ and an emergent challenge to cultural constructions of ‘normal’ speech. Dysfluency is explored less as a ‘disorder’ to be treated, than a form of communication that highlights the intricate relationship between speaking and being heard, vocal agency and cultural reception.

Literary culture has provided a rich and complex store of information about how stammering has been represented and interpreted at different historical junctures, within diverse cultural contexts and in relation to the variables of gender, class and ethnicity. The stammer has also been harnessed as a metaphor for how literary language works, how it operates at the limits of its expressive resources, occupying a territory that circles the paradoxical power of the ineffable. Recent work in the humanities, however, has signalled the need to balance such metaphorical readings with a sense of the corporeal experience of dysfluency, what Jay Dolmage has called ‘the embodied struggle for expression’ (Disability Rhetoric 2014). This renewed focus on embodiment invites diverse, interdisciplinary approaches that serve to accentuate the embodied experience of stammering in its neurological, therapeutic and cultural forms.

For further information, please visit the conference website or email

Organiser: Dr Maria Stuart, School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, UCD.

ISAYiT! featured in Irish Times

ISAYiT! – Irish Stammering Association’s summer camp – was featured in the Irish Times recently.

The article features interviews with Charlie Hughes from Gaiety School of Acting, Dr Jonathon Linklater of ISA and Áine and Niamh who were taking part in ISAYiT! this summer.

You can read the article by clicking here.

If you would like more information about ISAYiT! please contact us.

National Stammering Awareness Day 2018

The 12th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 20th in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin 8 from 10 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘Speak your mind’. The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

As well as having our regular presentations from Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme we’ll have a range of speakers to encourage, inspire and get you thinking.

The full schedule for National Stammering Awareness Day can be found below. Highlights include speakers to give you advice and support on employment in relation to stuttering, and also to demystify the oral exam process for students. We’ll also be linking up with international speakers via Skype.

ISA Parents’ Support Network will take place at 1.00 p.m. where family members can share experiences and chat informally.

ISAYiT! drama group for young people (aged 7-17) will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is facilitated by Charlie Hughes from the Gaiety School of Acting. You can read an Irish Times feature about ISAYiT! by clicking here

National Stammering Awareness Day is free to attend and all are welcome.


10 a.m. Welcome – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
10:05 a.m. Icebreaker
10:10 a.m. Iain Wilkie – British Stammering Association
10:40 a.m. Aoife Ní Laoire – Oral Examinations for second level students

11:00 a.m. Tea & coffee break – kindly sponsored by Irish McGuire Programme and ISA

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ISAYiT! drama workshop facilitated by Charlie Hughes (Gaiety School of Acting)

11:30 a.m. Sharon Gavillet (Irish McGuire Programme)
12 p.m. Dr Fiona Ryan – Speech and Language Therapist
12:30 p.m. David Heney (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)

13:00 p.m. Lunch / Parents’ Support Network meeting facilitated by parents and SLTs

2 p.m. Nora Trench Bowles
2.30 p.m. Adaku Ezeudo
2.45 p.m. James McCormack
3.15 p.m. Link up with Scottish Stammering Network
3:35 p.m. Siobhán Costello
3:50 p.m. Meet ISAYiT!
4:00 p.m. Ollie Gleeson
4:15 p.m. Jack Widger
4:30 p.m. Robert O’Brien
5 p.m. Closing comments – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
Wine reception

Speaker biographies can be found at

Parking and public transport

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel has a preferential all day parking rate of €7. This operates on a first come fist service; you must pay for this parking at reception to avail of the special rate. Alternative parking can be found at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Public transport serves Hilton Kilmainham with LUAS stops at Heuston Station and Suir Road, and several Dublin Bus routes. The Transport for Ireland website gives real time information to assist your travel.

July Walk & Talk – July 29th

ISA is hosting its July Walk and Talk on Sunday 29th July along the Cliff Head, Bray in Co. Wicklow. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Cliff Head Bray
Meeting Point: 12.00pm, Sunday July 29th at Bray Bandstand, Bray Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Getting there by car: take the N/M11 to Bray
Getting there by public transport from the Dublin area: Buy a return Dart ticket from Dublin City centre to Greystones but alight at Bray station.
Length of Walk: 7 kilometers Approx. 2.5 hours.

What is the Walk and Talk? This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they walk along this stunning coastal path which is one the highlights of walking in Wicklow. As the group will walk for approx 2½ hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before the 26th July 2018 by contacting

What should I bring? Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids. Please contact for further details.

May Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its May Walk and Talk on Sunday 27th May along the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Grand Canal Way, Hazelhatch to Sallins, Co. Kildare
Meeting Point: 12.45pm, Sunday May 27th at Hazelhatch Train Station, Co. Kildare Getting there by car: take the N4 and then the R148 to Hazelhatch
Getting there by public transport from the Dublin area: Buy a return ticket from Dublin Heuston to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Catch the 12:15pm train from Dublin Heuston to Sallins and hop off at the Hazelhatch stop. We’ll get you back in time to catch the 3:48pm train from Sallins to Dublin Heuston
Length of Walk: Approx. 2 hours.

What is the Walk and Talk? This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they walk along one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Grand Canal. As the group will walk for approx 2 hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before the May 24th 2018 by contacting

What should I bring? Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids. Please contact for further details.


Waterford Open Day and AGM

Irish Stammering Association is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 12th May 2018 in Treacys Hotel, Merchants Quay, Waterford. ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place on the day.

We will have a range of talks including:
• Chairman’s Address from ISA Chair David Heney
• Waterford support group members talk about the benefits of joining a group
• Michael O’Shea – person who stutters
• Fiona Ryan – speech and language therapist
• Nora Trench Bowles – person who stutters
• Dr Jonathon Linklater – speech and language therapist who stutters
• The event starts at 12.30 p.m. with tea, coffee and scones.
• The day is free to attend and will finish around 3 p.m.

For more details please contact

Travel details are below the poster.


Travel information:

Pay and Display parking is available across the street as well as Treacys Hotel’s own car park 2 minutes walk away. Details can be found here.

Coach and Rail services to Waterford can be found on Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. and may also provide services depending on your departure location.

Women’s Phone Group

The Telephone Group for Women Who Stammer is free to join from a mobile or landline, lasts around an hour and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. If you are an active member on the list, you will get a text invite as usual.

Our next groups take place on Wednesday 22nd March and Tuesday 29th May 2018.

If you are interested in joining the list, or would like more info please contact the ISA at

Parents’ Support Meeting – February

ISA will be hosting a parent get together on Sun 11th Feb from 11am to 1pm in Dublin City Centre. You can meet and chat with other parents to share experiences around stuttering.

Veronica Lynch and Speech and Language Therapist Aisling Keogh will host the meeting to answer questions you may have. The meeting is free to attend and open to all parents/relatives of young people who stammer. Text or call 0860736328 or email for more information.