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Allegations of department gathering dossiers on children with autism 'extremely concerning', says Paul Reid
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Allegations of department gathering dossiers on children with autism 'extremely concerning', says Paul Reid

Mar 28th 2021, 5:25 PM 23,806 Views 34 Comments

Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the health service, said the HSE boss.

High Court challenge begins against direction to readmit expelled student with special needs
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High Court challenge begins against direction to readmit expelled student with special needs

Feb 15th 2021, 9:15 PM 22,450 Views 0 Comments

The pupil, who has special needs and cannot be identified by order of the court, was expelled in September from a Co Meath school.

Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education
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Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education

Jan 22nd 2021, 6:44 PM 41,116 Views 88 Comments

Micheál Martin says the issue will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Monday.

Madigan withdraws 'normal children' comments and issues apology for mother and baby home comparison
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Madigan withdraws 'normal children' comments and issues apology for mother and baby home comparison

Updated Jan 20th 2021, 4:25 PM 72,202 Views 74 Comments

Teachers union the INTO has called on the Minister to apologise for her latest comments.

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
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Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers

Updated Jan 18th 2021, 8:49 PM 102,365 Views 118 Comments

Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.

Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
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Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 23,999 Views 45 Comments

Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.

Minister to meet special needs groups as families left ‘devastated’ over schools u-turn
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Minister to meet special needs groups as families left ‘devastated’ over schools u-turn

Jan 8th 2021, 4:06 PM 15,486 Views 29 Comments

CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland said the u-turn on schools has left families and children with special educational needs reeling.

New research highlights long-term impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children with autism
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New research highlights long-term impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children with autism

Aug 13th 2020, 1:43 PM 23,127 Views 59 Comments

The report highlights a decline in children’s abilities and skills since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.

Special needs children and their mother launch High Court action to obtain disabled parking permit
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Special needs children and their mother launch High Court action to obtain disabled parking permit

May 15th 2020, 3:02 PM 18,239 Views 0 Comments

The action arose after the mother of the children was refused a disabled parking permit.

Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs
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Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs

Nov 25th 2019, 11:34 AM 20,649 Views 20 Comments

The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags and digital display panels.

South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage
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South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage

Nov 14th 2019, 10:30 PM 12,856 Views 16 Comments

McHugh has activated new legislation which directs schools to open more special classes.

Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme
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Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme

Sep 18th 2019, 5:14 PM 51,696 Views 36 Comments

Gillian Bolger and Darren Milne spoke about the struggles they have faced in getting their eight-year-old twins into suitable school.

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September
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Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September

Jul 31st 2019, 6:15 AM 12,707 Views 31 Comments

Last month the Department of Education served statutory notices on 18 schools and two patrol bodies in the Dublin 15 area urging them to make additional provision.

Opinion: Teaching unions' stance on education plans for students with disabilities sets a worrying precedent
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Opinion: Teaching unions' stance on education plans for students with disabilities sets a worrying precedent

Jan 9th 2019, 7:00 AM 16,870 Views 32 Comments

I believe that the unions are targeting industrial action at a minority and that this sets a worrying precedent for all minority groups, writes Adam Harris.

SNAs at Dublin school to get €650 gift vouchers to carry out toileting duties for special needs pupils
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SNAs at Dublin school to get €650 gift vouchers to carry out toileting duties for special needs pupils

Oct 4th 2018, 6:46 PM 45,705 Views 0 Comments

The Labour Court made the recommendation as a measure to halt the dispute between SNAs and Scoil Muchua.

School says children 'may have to remain in their wheelchairs' due to SNA cuts
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School says children 'may have to remain in their wheelchairs' due to SNA cuts

Jun 2nd 2018, 9:00 PM 20,072 Views 26 Comments

The Dublin primary school has warned parents that there will be “a serious disruption of services” in September.

Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term
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Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term

May 18th 2018, 6:15 AM 16,514 Views 17 Comments

This will bring to 15,000 the number of SNAs working in schools – a 42% increase on 2011.

Opinion: How is it legal for schools to refuse to set up special classes?
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Opinion: How is it legal for schools to refuse to set up special classes?

Apr 9th 2018, 7:00 AM 4,643 Views 57 Comments

Students with special educational needs have enough challenges place in front of them, they should not have to fight the education system as well, writes Graham Manning.

Caring at Christmas: '24: The number of hours I work per day'
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Caring at Christmas: '24: The number of hours I work per day'

Dec 28th 2017, 7:30 PM 9,001 Views 10 Comments

When it comes to numbers, the number attached to my age isn’t important. There are, however, some numbers that are very important to me, writes Tracy McGinnis.

Wanted: taxi drivers to help give hundreds of kids a special day out in Dublin
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Wanted: taxi drivers to help give hundreds of kids a special day out in Dublin

Jul 30th 2017, 3:30 PM 15,752 Views 9 Comments

The event has been running in Dublin since 1960, offering a fun day out every year for children with special needs.

Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'
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Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'

Jun 14th 2017, 8:30 PM 257 Views 8 Comments

My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton.

'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny
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'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny

May 25th 2017, 4:14 PM 10,621 Views 7 Comments

The centre at Ballytobin is to be transferred to the HSE.

'I used to have dreams when he was little about him walking and talking. I would wake up sobbing'
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'I used to have dreams when he was little about him walking and talking. I would wake up sobbing'

May 7th 2017, 7:30 PM 538 Views 16 Comments

It is dangerous and upsetting to wonder what it would be like, if only, writes Tracy McGinnis.

Teachers in charge of Ireland's special needs classes not always qualified
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Teachers in charge of Ireland's special needs classes not always qualified

Aug 9th 2016, 10:00 AM 18,484 Views 43 Comments

They often feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of their students, a new ESRI report has found.

Every single child who needs a special needs assistant will get one
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Every single child who needs a special needs assistant will get one

Jun 14th 2016, 4:17 PM 23,483 Views 37 Comments

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the increase will support 160 new special classes – many for children on the autism spectrum.

'I keep saying, why did it happen?': Man sentenced to 12 years for attempted rape of niece
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'I keep saying, why did it happen?': Man sentenced to 12 years for attempted rape of niece

Jan 15th 2016, 6:25 PM 26,248 Views 24 Comments

In her victim impact report the now adult woman said her plans for her life changed as a result of the abuse.

Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album
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Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album

Nov 21st 2015, 10:00 AM 7,984 Views 7 Comments

Students at St Raphael’s have been rehearsing for the CD since the beginning of September.

Mother starts second week chaining herself to the front of the Department of Education
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Mother starts second week chaining herself to the front of the Department of Education

Oct 19th 2015, 4:41 PM 15,511 Views 45 Comments

This is in relation to a grant payment for her son, who has autism.

Suicidal woman allegedly told to 'go home and overdose' if she wanted to be seen
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Suicidal woman allegedly told to 'go home and overdose' if she wanted to be seen

Jul 2nd 2015, 3:30 PM 51,226 Views 47 Comments

The incident apparently happened at University Hospital Galway.

Attackers 'threatened to rape man with special needs and set him on fire'
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Attackers 'threatened to rape man with special needs and set him on fire'

Apr 17th 2015, 11:25 AM 34,594 Views 137 Comments

He was left with serious head injuries after the assault.

Child with autism 'kept in cage-like structure' inside classroom
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Child with autism 'kept in cage-like structure' inside classroom

Apr 2nd 2015, 3:31 PM 19,073 Views 23 Comments

Australian authorities have launched an investigation into the claims.

My daughter is clever, funny, and full of life. So why am I so worried about her future?
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My daughter is clever, funny, and full of life. So why am I so worried about her future?

Feb 12th 2015, 1:00 PM 3,292 Views 65 Comments

To live a full adult life and contribute to society, my daughter urgently needs resource hours in school.

Horse rescue shelter appeals for missing ponies Bam Bam and Tyson to be returned
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Horse rescue shelter appeals for missing ponies Bam Bam and Tyson to be returned

Jan 13th 2015, 3:15 PM 9,437 Views 7 Comments

The two ponies were lent out to a foster home, but have since gone missing.

This special sensory event is for children who thought they'd never see a panto
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This special sensory event is for children who thought they'd never see a panto

Dec 17th 2014, 7:30 AM 5,691 Views 5 Comments

It’s being held at the Helix Theatre in Dublin.

Over 300 new resource teaching posts for children with special needs announced
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Over 300 new resource teaching posts for children with special needs announced

Oct 13th 2014, 1:00 PM 7,454 Views 4 Comments

Details of the allocations will be revealed this afternoon.

Almost 3,000 children are waiting over a year for speech and language therapy
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Almost 3,000 children are waiting over a year for speech and language therapy

Sep 22nd 2014, 1:02 PM 10,662 Views 25 Comments

On average, there are 162 children for each speech and language therapist in Ireland.

Why are schools using JobBridge to hire SNAs? The Minister's pledging to find out
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Why are schools using JobBridge to hire SNAs? The Minister's pledging to find out

Sep 18th 2014, 3:28 PM 16,597 Views 65 Comments

Primary schools are looking to fill 56 SNA positions through the JobBridge scheme.

Opinion: Baby Gammy's sad story shows how much Down syndrome still scares parents
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Opinion: Baby Gammy's sad story shows how much Down syndrome still scares parents

Aug 5th 2014, 2:15 PM 881 Views 17 Comments

When my baby daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, the future seemed terrifying and uncertain. But all I needed was time to adapt.

Parents' shock at €500k cut to disability services for children
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Parents' shock at €500k cut to disability services for children

Jul 14th 2014, 4:09 PM 11,819 Views 29 Comments

St Catherine’s Association said it did not receive any prior notice that the funds were to be cut.

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours
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Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours

Jun 26th 2014, 8:35 PM 15,146 Views 19 Comments

The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.

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