The Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations (RACE) allows for special arrangements to be put in place to accommodate and support young people with special educational needs to access Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate State Examinations.

Young people who present with the following difficulties may be eligible to apply for RACE:
  • Learning Difficulties (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia/DCD, general learning difficulties etc)
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Visual Difficulties
  • Physical Difficulties
Comprehensive psychological assessment, including assessment of a young person's cognitive ability and academic attainment allows for the identification of learning difficulties and to determine eligibility to apply for RACE.


The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) allows young whose disabilities have had a significant negative impact on their secondary school education to access third level education through an alternative admissions scheme with reduced points places.

A young person with the following disabilities may be considered for DARE:
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - including Asperger's
  • Blind/Vision Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia
  • Mental Health Condition
  • Neurological Condition
  • Physical Disability
  • Significant Ongoing Illness
  • Speech and Language Communication Disorder
  • Specific Learning Difficulty (including Dyslexia & Dyscalculia
A comprehensive psychological assessment confirming diagnosis and a young person's specific needs can be a necessary requirement for eligibility to apply for DARE.