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No consultation on changes to school re-opening plan that will negatively affect 20,000 children with additional needs – Disability and Family Carer Groups

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Representative groups waiting over a month for engagement from Government on special education issues Four leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have criticised the Government for making significant changes to plans to re-open schools on a phased basis with …

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New #ChildrensFuturesIRL campaign focuses on children’s right to an adequate education

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  New #ChildrensFuturesIRL campaign focuses on children’s right to an adequate education Leading children’s charities – including AsIAm, Barnardos, Children’s Rights Alliance, Inclusion Ireland, and National Parents Council Primary – are joining forces today to launch a major campaign called Children’s Futures, publishing a legal opinion and results from a brand-new parents’ survey.   While tentatively …

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Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families – Disability, Children’s and Family Carer groups

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Seven leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, and the National Parents Council, have described today, which sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families, and called for the Government and education stakeholders to …

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Special School Closure: A Timeline

Recent events have created a great deal of anxiety for children with special educational needs and their families. We at AsIAm understand it is hard to keep track of as the situation develops so rapidly. For this reason, we have created a timeline charting events from the beginning of the latest Covid-19 restrictions until now.       In the December, the Department of Education …

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Disability and Family Carer groups call on Government and unions to re-engage on special education

Four leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have today expressed deep disappointment on behalf of their members, and called on the Government and unions to re-engage to get special education back up and running as soon as possible. Commenting on …

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

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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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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Fórsa announcement on resumption of in-school services on a phased basis

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 Announcement is positive signal – but remaining hurdles must be cleared urgently 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 Fórsa that they will advise SNAs to co-operate with the phased resumption of in-school services to …

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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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Disability Groups Seek Urgent Meeting With Minister Foley

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Families ‘devastated’ over special school’s U-turn Disability groups seek urgent meeting with Minister Foley Three leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and AsIAm, have said that the Government U-turn over the re-opening of special schools has left families of children with special educational needs ‘devastated’, and immediate supports …

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AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Education’s decision to publish class rankings. From our view, this poses serious risks to autistic pupils’ wellbeing, both educationally and personally. By making such sensitive data freely available, it not only threatens the integrity of the Calculated Grades’ process, but …

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