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Explainer: The phased re-opening of special education?

This evening (Friday 15th January) the Department of Education has written to Primary School Principals in both mainstream and special school settings outlining the agreed, phased approach to re-opening special schools, special classes and in-school support for students with additional needs from Thursday 21st January. We have worked to put together a short “Questions and …

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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Government announcement on phased return to school for students with special educational needs

return to school for students with special educational needs

Announcement will come as a huge relief to children with SEN and their families Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed the announcement by Government today that they are targeting a return to school for primary students with …

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Commitments must now be matched by urgent delivery say representative organisations

Disability and Family Carer Groups Welcome Commitment to Prioritise re-opening of schools for students with SEN Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, that the re-opening of schools …

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AsIAm seeks urgent engagement with Government as families left reeling from u-turn on special classes and schools

Over 18,000 students with additional needs set to return to school on Monday  should get additional supports 8th January 2021 Ireland’s National Autism Charity, AsIAm, has said the families it supports have been left reeling by the surprise government decision to keep special classes and schools closed, 24 hours after it was announced they were …

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Government announcement on special schools and classes, but leaves majority of students behind

Special Educational Needs Groups

A majority, at least 10,000 students, with special educational needs attend mainstream classes, and will not be catered for. 6th January 2021 Three leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and AsIAm have welcomed the Government’s announcement that education will continue for students with special educational needs in special …

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AsIAm, Inclusion Ireland and Down Syndrome Ireland say complete withdrawal of educational support services would be “intolerable”

Yesterday evening, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland and Inclusion Ireland wrote to the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD to seek urgent engagement on the issue of school closures and how children with additional needs could be supported and protected from the impact of any …

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Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19

•   41% of families state their child’s needs more support •   22% of families state their child’s access to an SNA was reduced •   Hugh majority of parents want school provision for those with additional needs in the event of another lockdown A survey conducted by three of the leading disability advocacy organisations in the …

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