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#Special Needs

# special-needs - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants
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# We Care Do You

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

Jun 1st 2014, 8:45 AM 9,360 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 12,572 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 12,880 Views 36 Comments

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
# Equality
# Equality

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

May 16th 2014, 1:08 PM 6,245 Views 39 Comments

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'
# Proof Required
# Proof Required

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

May 12th 2014, 10:45 PM 49,660 Views 163 Comments

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

# special-needs - Monday 17 March, 2014

Column: Autism – moving beyond labels and limits
# Development
# Development

Column: Autism – moving beyond labels and limits

Mar 17th 2014, 8:00 AM 801 Views 92 Comments

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
# SNAs
# SNAs

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

Dec 3rd 2013, 6:15 PM 9,358 Views 44 Comments

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

# special-needs - Friday 29 November, 2013

Jack & Jill CEO: 'I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension'
# Charities
# Charities

Jack & Jill CEO: 'I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension'

Nov 29th 2013, 9:20 PM 19,002 Views 88 Comments

Jonathan Irwin said charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.

# special-needs - Monday 21 October, 2013

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced

Oct 21st 2013, 1:44 PM 7,610 Views 8 Comments

The National Council for Special Education said the new positions brings this year’s allocation to more than 5,700.

# special-needs - Monday 9 September, 2013

118 new classes to open for children with special needs
# Back To School
# Back To School

118 new classes to open for children with special needs

Sep 9th 2013, 10:08 AM 6,239 Views 37 Comments

The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.

# special-needs - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Taxi drivers 'badly' needed for this year's special children's outing
# Charity
# Charity

Taxi drivers 'badly' needed for this year's special children's outing

Aug 18th 2013, 3:29 PM 10,336 Views 25 Comments

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

# special-needs - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Youths in dumper truck damage grounds of special needs school
# Criminal Damage
# Criminal Damage

Youths in dumper truck damage grounds of special needs school

Aug 13th 2013, 2:15 PM 9,231 Views 24 Comments

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred yesterday evening, to contact them.

# special-needs - Friday 9 August, 2013

Working-class boys with special needs most likely to hate school
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Working-class boys with special needs most likely to hate school

Aug 9th 2013, 6:45 AM 5,902 Views 17 Comments

The research found that children with educational difficulties dislike school more than those with physical disabilities or speech deficiencies.

# special-needs - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as 'low incidence' disorder
# Education
# Education

New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as 'low incidence' disorder

Jul 17th 2013, 4:10 PM 9,341 Views 23 Comments

Conditions recognised as ‘low incidence’ automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.

# special-needs - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

HSE to close special needs pre-schools despite parents’ wishes
# Education
# Education

HSE to close special needs pre-schools despite parents’ wishes

Jul 16th 2013, 6:15 AM 6,621 Views 32 Comments

Two pre-schools for special needs children are to shut as the HSE facilitates a policy to mainstream students from an early age.

# special-needs - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair
# Opinion
# Opinion

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:00 AM 607 Views 31 Comments

Even as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn “was doing the right thing on resource hours, he refused to back down on Special Needs Assistants”, writes the FF leader.

# special-needs - Friday 28 June, 2013

Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the 'professor of sniping'
# Labour Pains
# Labour Pains

Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the 'professor of sniping'

Jun 28th 2013, 7:45 PM 6,750 Views 31 Comments

The former Labour Party chairman has criticised Emmet Stagg and hit out at Labour ministers following his resignation from the party this week.

# special-needs - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Special needs association hopes FF protest heckles don't 'distract from issues'
# Education
# Education

Special needs association hopes FF protest heckles don't 'distract from issues'

Jun 27th 2013, 6:45 PM 5,255 Views 52 Comments

The heckles aimed at Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin yesterday were also condemned by the party’s education spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue.

# special-needs - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles
# Education
# Education

Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles

Jun 26th 2013, 9:48 PM 24,030 Views 110 Comments

Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to raise awareness about cuts to special needs assistants.

Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today

Jun 26th 2013, 6:30 AM 2,659 Views 11 Comments

The planned protests over special needs education will go ahead as planned today, despite the Education Minister’s announcement yesterday, with parents saying the protest is not solely about raising awareness of the single issue of resource hours.

# special-needs - Saturday 22 June, 2013

Man charged over sexual assault on woman with special needs
# Courts
# Courts

Man charged over sexual assault on woman with special needs

Jun 22nd 2013, 9:17 PM 19,605 Views 0 Comments

The man was arrested this morning and is due to appear before a district court this afternoon.

The Evening Fix... now with added Steve Jobs film
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with added Steve Jobs film

Jun 22nd 2013, 8:00 PM 7,681 Views 1 Comment

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

# special-needs - Friday 21 June, 2013

TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts
# Teachers
# Teachers

TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts

Jun 21st 2013, 6:08 PM 4,158 Views 23 Comments

A Fianna Fáil motion, to be voted upon on next Wednesday, asks for increased teaching staff to meet the workload.

# special-needs - Thursday 20 June, 2013

INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts
# SNAs
# SNAs

INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts

Jun 20th 2013, 8:19 PM 2,941 Views 41 Comments

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.

Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching

Jun 20th 2013, 11:23 AM 3,667 Views 44 Comments

Children with special educational needs face a reduction in the amount of time allocated to them from next September. But Eamon Gilmore said this did not amount to a cut.

# special-needs - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Cuts in teaching support for special needs children "utterly unacceptable"
# Schools
# Schools

Cuts in teaching support for special needs children "utterly unacceptable"

Jun 19th 2013, 8:03 PM 7,319 Views 41 Comments

The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.

# special-needs - Monday 17 June, 2013

Man arrested over sexual assault on woman with special needs
# Sexual Assault
# Sexual Assault

Man arrested over sexual assault on woman with special needs

Jun 17th 2013, 9:40 PM 26,684 Views 51 Comments

The victim was accosted and brought to a house on Wednesday, 12 June.

# special-needs - Monday 10 June, 2013

Parents fight against closure of special needs pre-schools
# Donegal
# Donegal

Parents fight against closure of special needs pre-schools

Jun 10th 2013, 6:45 AM 5,417 Views 7 Comments

A mother speaks for her son: ‘I’m disabled but I am here. I am disabled but I want to attend school. I am disabled but I’d like to live my life.’

# special-needs - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate

May 22nd 2013, 1:00 PM 1,500 Views 102 Comments

Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.

# special-needs - Thursday 4 April, 2013

Almost 60 per cent of special needs assistants assaulted - survey
# Assault
# Assault

Almost 60 per cent of special needs assistants assaulted - survey

Apr 4th 2013, 11:42 AM 8,801 Views 23 Comments

An IMPACT survey says that the SNAs were assaulted by the children they work with, with 18 per cent saying it’s a daily occurrence.

# special-needs - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Dentist who "raised the bar" caring for autistic patient wins top award
# Dentist
# Dentist

Dentist who "raised the bar" caring for autistic patient wins top award

Jan 29th 2013, 7:30 PM 14,653 Views 22 Comments

Dr Gillian Smith painstakingly treated Neal Dhondt for four months, which meant he did not have to have surgery.

# special-needs - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

5,000 march to Leinster House in demand for greater disability rights
# Disability Rights
# Disability Rights

5,000 march to Leinster House in demand for greater disability rights

Nov 21st 2012, 5:02 PM 3,550 Views 39 Comments

People with disabilities showed the government a red card at a national protest today in Dublin.

# special-needs - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee
# Committee
# Committee

Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee

Nov 7th 2012, 6:45 AM 2,764 Views 3 Comments

They will speak about the challenges facing their families with the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, chaired by Joanna Tuffy (pictured).

# special-needs - Monday 1 October, 2012

Group recommends teachers should be upskilled to handle student behaviour
# Teachers
# Teachers

Group recommends teachers should be upskilled to handle student behaviour

Oct 1st 2012, 3:31 PM 5,662 Views 39 Comments

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland welcomed the report but said the loss of teachers due to cutbacks is “extremely damaging” to the promotion of positive behaviour in the classroom.

# special-needs - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem

Aug 30th 2012, 7:00 AM 389 Views 20 Comments

We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.

# special-needs - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

91 new classes for children with special needs announced
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

91 new classes for children with special needs announced

Aug 22nd 2012, 7:45 PM 7,665 Views 50 Comments

Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.

# special-needs - Thursday 14 June, 2012

SNA allocation welcomed by Special Needs Parents Association
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

SNA allocation welcomed by Special Needs Parents Association

Jun 14th 2012, 9:11 AM 1,831 Views 8 Comments

The association said it welcomes the 211 extra whole-time Special Needs Assistants, but said that the number of Resource and Learning Support teaching posts will not meet demand.

# special-needs - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours
# Special Education
# Special Education

Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours

Jun 13th 2012, 7:34 PM 3,514 Views 8 Comments

There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.

# special-needs - Monday 12 March, 2012

11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs
# Education Cuts
# Education Cuts

11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs

Mar 12th 2012, 12:23 PM 6,720 Views 20 Comments

The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.

# special-needs - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday
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# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Nov 16th 2011, 7:47 PM 3,731 Views 0 Comments

Catch up on the day’s main stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…