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#Special Needs

# special-needs - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

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

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

Updated Wed 4:25 PM 70,319 Views 74 Comments

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

# special-needs - Monday 18 January, 2021

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

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

Updated Mon 8:49 PM 101,629 Views 118 Comments

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

# special-needs - Monday 11 January, 2021

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

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

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 23,754 Views 44 Comments

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

# special-needs - Friday 8 January, 2021

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

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

Jan 8th 2021, 4:06 PM 15,383 Views 29 Comments

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

# special-needs - Thursday 13 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 13th 2020, 1:43 PM 22,972 Views 59 Comments

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
# Courts
# Courts

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

May 15th 2020, 3:02 PM 18,127 Views 0 Comments

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
# Travel
# Travel

Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs

Nov 25th 2019, 11:34 AM 20,596 Views 20 Comments

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
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

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

Nov 14th 2019, 10:30 PM 12,838 Views 16 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Sep 18th 2019, 5:14 PM 51,564 Views 37 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Jul 31st 2019, 6:15 AM 12,640 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.

# special-needs - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

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

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

Jan 9th 2019, 7:00 AM 16,815 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.

# special-needs - Thursday 4 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 4th 2018, 6:46 PM 45,627 Views 0 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Jun 2nd 2018, 9:00 PM 20,029 Views 26 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term

May 18th 2018, 6:15 AM 16,491 Views 17 Comments

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?
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Apr 9th 2018, 7:00 AM 4,456 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.

# special-needs - Thursday 28 December, 2017

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

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

Dec 28th 2017, 7:30 PM 8,994 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.

# special-needs - Sunday 30 July, 2017

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

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

Jul 30th 2017, 3:30 PM 15,733 Views 9 Comments

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'
# National Carers Week
# National Carers Week

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

Jun 14th 2017, 8:30 PM 242 Views 8 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny

May 25th 2017, 4:14 PM 10,603 Views 7 Comments

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'
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

'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 518 Views 14 Comments

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
# Ill-equipped
# Ill-equipped

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

Aug 9th 2016, 10:00 AM 18,361 Views 43 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Jun 14th 2016, 4:17 PM 23,417 Views 37 Comments

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
# Courts
# Courts

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

Jan 15th 2016, 6:25 PM 26,231 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.

# special-needs - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album
# Star Quality
# Star Quality

Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album

Nov 21st 2015, 10:00 AM 7,974 Views 7 Comments

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
# Educational Needs
# Educational Needs

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

Oct 19th 2015, 4:41 PM 15,504 Views 45 Comments

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
# Refused
# Refused

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

Jul 2nd 2015, 3:30 PM 51,116 Views 47 Comments

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'
# Fairview Park
# Fairview Park

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

Apr 17th 2015, 11:25 AM 34,548 Views 137 Comments

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
# Australia
# Australia

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

Apr 2nd 2015, 3:31 PM 19,063 Views 23 Comments

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?
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Feb 12th 2015, 1:00 PM 2,580 Views 73 Comments

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
# Garda Investigation
# Garda Investigation

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

Jan 13th 2015, 3:15 PM 9,424 Views 7 Comments

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
# Cinderella
# Cinderella

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

Dec 17th 2014, 7:30 AM 5,682 Views 5 Comments

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
# Resource Teaching
# Resource Teaching

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

Oct 13th 2014, 1:00 PM 7,451 Views 4 Comments

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
# Waiting Lists
# Waiting Lists

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

Sep 22nd 2014, 1:02 PM 10,568 Views 25 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Sep 18th 2014, 3:28 PM 16,583 Views 65 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Aug 5th 2014, 2:15 PM 822 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.

# special-needs - Monday 14 July, 2014

Parents' shock at €500k cut to disability services for children
# Fear And Anxiety
# Fear And Anxiety

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

Jul 14th 2014, 4:09 PM 11,793 Views 29 Comments

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
# Ruling
# Ruling

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

Jun 26th 2014, 8:35 PM 15,140 Views 19 Comments

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
# We Care Do You
# We Care Do You

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

Jun 1st 2014, 8:45 AM 9,344 Views 41 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

May 19th 2014, 10:50 PM 12,568 Views 30 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

May 18th 2014, 5:23 PM 12,876 Views 36 Comments

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

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