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#Special Needs

# special-needs - Thursday 13 August, 2020

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

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

# special-needs - Friday 15 May, 2020

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

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

# special-needs - Monday 25 November, 2019

Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs

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

# special-needs - Thursday 14 November, 2019

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

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

# special-needs - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

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

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

# special-needs - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

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

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.

# special-needs - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

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

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.

# special-needs - Thursday 4 October, 2018

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

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

# special-needs - Saturday 2 June, 2018

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

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

# special-needs - Friday 18 May, 2018

Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term

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

# special-needs - Monday 9 April, 2018

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

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.

# special-needs - Thursday 28 December, 2017

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

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.

# special-needs - Sunday 30 July, 2017

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

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

# special-needs - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

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

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

# special-needs - Thursday 25 May, 2017

'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny

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

# special-needs - Sunday 7 May, 2017

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

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

# special-needs - Tuesday 9 August, 2016

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

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

# special-needs - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

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

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

# special-needs - Friday 15 January, 2016

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

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

# special-needs - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album

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

# special-needs - Monday 19 October, 2015

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

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

# special-needs - Thursday 2 July, 2015

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

The incident apparently happened at University Hospital Galway.

# special-needs - Friday 17 April, 2015

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

He was left with serious head injuries after the assault.

# special-needs - Thursday 2 April, 2015

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

Australian authorities have launched an investigation into the claims.

# special-needs - Thursday 12 February, 2015

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

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

# special-needs - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

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

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

# special-needs - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Monday 13 October, 2014

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

Details of the allocations will be revealed this afternoon.

# special-needs - Monday 22 September, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Thursday 18 September, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Monday 14 July, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Thursday 26 June, 2014

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

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

# special-needs - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants

A circular by the Department of Education outlines new guidelines that would see children with special needs subjected to reviews to keep their SNA supports.

# special-needs - Monday 19 May, 2014

"No question" of reducing number of SNA posts, says Department

The Department of Education has rejected Micheál Martin’s claims that there are widespread cuts to SNAs.

# special-needs - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Martin warns of 'covert clampdown' on Special Needs Assistant supports

The Fianna Fáil leader says that new rules on SNAs will lead to “widespread cuts”.

# special-needs - Friday 16 May, 2014

Opinion: Children with special needs are being failed – this is not inclusive education

We are a society, not a collection of economic units where some of our children can be victimised in the name of “value for money”.

# special-needs - Monday 12 May, 2014

Mother was asked by the HSE if her son 'still had Down syndrome'

The card for her four-year-old son was denied.

# special-needs - Monday 17 March, 2014

Column: Autism – moving beyond labels and limits

It is vitally important that we look beyond the labels and limits we place on children with developmental challenges, writes Karen O’Connor.

# special-needs - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.

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