At the core of meaningful empowerment is meaningful education. Bunreacht na hÉireann guarantees an education to each and every Irish citizen, regardless of their personal background and circumstances. 

The UNCRPD goes further, obligating signatory states to “recognise the right of persons with disabilities to education. With a view of realising this right without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity. State parties shall ensure an inclusive, education system at all levels, and life-long learning.” 

In this chapter we take you through the education system, what supports you and your child may be entitled to, how to apply for them, and how to advocate on your own behalf.



Preschool and Autism

  What supports are available at preschool for children on the spectrum? Autistic children in preschool are entitled to the same supports whether they are

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Irish Language Exemption Flag

Irish Language Exemption

  Is my child eligible for an Irish language exemption? A new process for applying for an Irish language exemption will be in place from

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July Provision

July Provision

 July Provision is a scheme provided by the Department of Education which funds an extended school year for autistic school-children and / or those with

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Reduced Timetables

What are reduced timetables? A reduced timetable is a method whereby the school will limit the amount of time a child is spending in school

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Accessing Education Support

What education support can my child access in school? Once a need has been identified, all children in primary and post-primary schools are entitled to

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Adam Harris School Autism Class

Schools and Autism Classes

In this section, we will outline definitions for both special school and autism class. We will also discuss procedures for securing a place and the

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Glossary of Education Terms

In navigating the education system, as a parent or autistic student, you will encounter many new terms and acronyms. In this section we have broken

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Child with SNA Support Worker

SNA Support

In this section, we will outline the role of the SNA, how the child’s need for SNA support is determined and how to apply for

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