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National Survey on the Costs of Autism (3rd Oct 2015)

Dear All,

As you are fully aware there is a great need for invest in autism services and supports in Ireland. To inform and progress, it is vital that we can produce evidenced based research on
the economic impact of autism spectrum disorders for families and the need for appropriate services and supports to address the needs of children and teenagers on the spectrum Ireland.

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Good news for Abbey Community College in Boyle - 1/09/2011 (Shannonside FM)

The Abbey Community College in Boyle is being approved to deliver classes in Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
It's one of 39 schools nationwide to get the go ahead for the programme, which starts this September.
Roscommon based Senator John Kelly who’s welcoming the announcement, says it's important that these classes, which facilitate the education of children with severe autism, are part of the mainstream system, thereby aiding their integration into the wider school community.
It is expected that these classes will assist six children with ASD, which will be delivered by a dedicated teacher and two special needs assistants.

Local TD Frank Feighan is also welcoming the announcement.

Source: shannonside.ie, 1st Sept, 2011

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Four Autism Units announced for Galway schools - 1/09/2011 ( GalwayNews.ie)

Specialised facilities for children with autism have been announced for four Galway schools this term.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Units aim to integrate children with severe autism into the wider school community.

These facilities will be provided in Merlin Woods National School in Doughiska, Gort Community School, Archbishop McHale College in Tuam and Gairmscoil Mhuire in Athenry.

The 6 pupil classes are delivered by a dedicated teacher with the support of two special needs assistants.

Source: Galway News, 1st Sept 2011

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July Provision 2011: Teacher Available, Leitrim Area


I have just completed a B.Ed. degree in St. Patrick's College and so am a qualified primary teacher. I also have 3 and a half years of experience in working with children with autism and other learning difficulties.

I am available to complete July Provision in the Leitrim area.

If interested please contact me.

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Cuts to special needs resources deplorable (Letters, Irish Times, 1/4/2011)

Cuts to special needs resources deplorable

Friday April 01 2011

As a primary school teacher and a parent, I deplore the latest cynical move by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) which has "paused" any resource hours being allocated to any child with special needs.

Resulting from their latest circular, no new child presenting with special needs will be granted resource hours, but must be included in mainstream classes.

The DES has two huge questions to answer, in accounting for this action. How are they cherishing and supporting the child with special needs, by reducing/removing their support system? And how are they cherishing the children without special needs, who will have drastically reduced access to teacher time?

Maire Lineen
Dunboyne, Co Meath


Source: Letters Page, Irish Times, 1st April 2011

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Special needs class receives €60,000 grant to relocate to Mohill (26/Aug/09)

Story and Copyright: Leitrim Observer; Story: Fiona Heavey.

On Monday, August 24 the Department of Education officially sanctioned the re-location of St Joseph's Special Needs Outreach Class into Marian College, Mohill as well as providing €60,000 of funding to modify the building for wheelchair access.

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Eleven special needs children left without a school (19/Aug/2009)

Copyright: Leitrim Observer. 

Eleven of Leitrim's most vulnerable Special Needs children will be left out in the cold next week, with no suitable school available for them to attend in the county. 

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Review of all Special Needs Assistant Posts - Circular 0037/2009 [education.ie]

Notification of Transitional Arrangements being put in place in relation to the outcome of the review of all Special Needs Assistant posts in primary, special and post-primary schools by the National Council for Special Education

1. Introduction

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Project IRIS (Inclusive Research in Irish Schools)

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National Disability Authority, Ireland

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Irish Dept. of Education and Science (DES)

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