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# Special Needs

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# Teachers
Group recommends teachers should be upskilled to handle student behaviour
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.
Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem
We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.
# Special Needs
91 new classes for children with special needs announced
Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.
# Special Needs
SNA allocation welcomed by Special Needs Parents Association
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 Education
Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours
There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.
# Education Cuts
11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs
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.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Catch up on the day’s main stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Education
One in four children have special educational needs - study
Teachers and parents believe up to 25 per cent of nine-year-olds have a special learning need, new research has shown.
Column: ‘Therapists are told to prescribe the cheapest equipment’
Ahead of a planned Dáil protest today, mother Lorraine Dempsey describes the daily struggle faced by parents of children with special needs.
# Special Needs
Parents to protest at Dáil against special needs cuts
Organisers have said they expect a “substantial turnout” at the demonstration later today.
# Schools
Special needs cuts 'devastating' for struggling parents
Protesters will mass at Government Buildings next week in the hope of reversing cuts in care for children with special needs.
# Education
Government wins Dáil vote on SNAs
A motion was also put forward to reverse the cuts to Special Needs Assistants but, notably, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was not present to vote against it.
# Special Needs
Thousands expected at protest against Special Needs cutbacks
The government says 200 positions have to be cut, but independent TDs say positions should be safeguarded.
# Education
10 per cent cut in special needs support for schools - report
The Department of Education said that the reduced allocation of special needs teaching hours could be increased in some schools – if demand is less than expected.
Reduction in special needs assistants concerns parents
Parents and teacher’s unions have condemned a cap on the number of special needs assistants in schools – as well as reduction is resource hours – saying the move will target the most vulnerable.