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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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Children with disabilities and their families “almost completely forgotten” in schools’ row – Disability and Family Carer groups

 Children with disabilities and their families ‘almost completely forgotten’ in schools’ row – Disability and Family Carer groups Four leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have said that children with special educational needs, and their families and carers have been almost completely forgotten about in the conversations between stakeholders …

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Disability and Family Carer groups say  uncertainty about school re-opening is cruel and detrimental

The groups are responding to mixed messages from the Department and stakeholders on the return to school for children with additional needs next Thursday Four leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have expressed deep concern at the lack of clarity being provided to children with additional needs, and …

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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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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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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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