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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Special Needs

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# Cinderella
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.
# Resource teaching
Over 300 new resource teaching posts for children with special needs announced
Details of the allocations will be revealed this afternoon.
# Waiting Lists
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
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.
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.
# fear and anxiety
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.
# Ruling
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.
# We Care Do You
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
"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
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”.
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”.
# proof required
Mother was asked by the HSE if her son 'still had Down syndrome'
The card for her four-year-old son was denied.
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.
# SNAs
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.
# Charities
Jack & Jill CEO: 'I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension'
Jonathan Irwin said charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.
# Budget 2014
Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced
The National Council for Special Education said the new positions brings this year’s allocation to more than 5,700.
# Back To School
118 new classes to open for children with special needs
The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
# Charity
Taxi drivers 'badly' needed for this year's special children's outing
The event has been running in Dublin since 1960, offering a fun day out every year for children with special needs.
# criminal damage
Youths in dumper truck damage grounds of special needs school
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred yesterday evening, to contact them.
# Special Needs
Working-class boys with special needs most likely to hate school
The research found that children with educational difficulties dislike school more than those with physical disabilities or speech deficiencies.
# Education
New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as 'low incidence' disorder
Conditions recognised as ‘low incidence’ automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.
# Education
HSE to close special needs pre-schools despite parents’ wishes
Two pre-schools for special needs children are to shut as the HSE facilitates a policy to mainstream students from an early age.
Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair
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.
# Labour Pains
Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the 'professor of sniping'
The former Labour Party chairman has criticised Emmet Stagg and hit out at Labour ministers following his resignation from the party this week.
# Education
Special needs association hopes FF protest heckles don't 'distract from issues'
The heckles aimed at Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin yesterday were also condemned by the party’s education spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue.
# Education
Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles
Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to raise awareness about cuts to special needs assistants.
# Special Needs
Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today
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.
# Courts
Man charged over sexual assault on woman with special needs
The man was arrested this morning and is due to appear before a district court this afternoon.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Steve Jobs film
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Teachers
TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts
A Fianna Fáil motion, to be voted upon on next Wednesday, asks for increased teaching staff to meet the workload.
# SNAs
INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.
# Special Needs
Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching
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.
# Schools
Cuts in teaching support for special needs children "utterly unacceptable"
The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.
# Sexual Assault
Man arrested over sexual assault on woman with special needs
The victim was accosted and brought to a house on Wednesday, 12 June.
# Donegal
Parents fight against closure of special needs pre-schools
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.’
Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
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.
# Assault
Almost 60 per cent of special needs assistants assaulted - survey
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.
# Dentist
Dentist who "raised the bar" caring for autistic patient wins top award
Dr Gillian Smith painstakingly treated Neal Dhondt for four months, which meant he did not have to have surgery.
# disability rights
5,000 march to Leinster House in demand for greater disability rights
People with disabilities showed the government a red card at a national protest today in Dublin.
# Committee
Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee
They will speak about the challenges facing their families with the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, chaired by Joanna Tuffy (pictured).