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Feedback wanted: Inclusion Ireland election manifesto (July, 2015)

Dear all

It probably has not escaped your attention that a general election is coming in the next 9 months or so. Inclusion Ireland and partners are hoping to have some disability issues in the manifesto’s of the political parties. Hopefully, some will then make it into the program for government. We have developed a draft manifesto. Please take a few minutes to look at it and let us know if we are on the right track or are missing something very important. Forward this to any of your contacts.

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Protest against new Special Needs cutbacks, Wed 26 Jun 2013, Carrick on Shannon

26 Jun 2013 18:00
26 Jun 2013 19:00
A protest against the cuts to the resources in schools for children and young people with special needs will take place this Wednesday evening 26th June in Carrick-on-Shannon.
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Demo against Special Needs cutbacks, Wed 26 Jun 2013, Boyle

26 Jun 2013 18:00
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Domicilary Care Allowance

30 Oct 2012 21:22
5 Nov 2012 09:00

Catherine Beirne has been invited to the Sligo forum to discuss DCA (domicilary care allowance) on behalf of parents of kids with autism.

Please send in your views and comments. via post here or pm Catherine via facebook.

No names will be used.

This is our opportunity to be heard.

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A mother's frustration (Sligo Champion, 23/11/2011)


IT'S OFTEN said that a mother's love knows no bounds. But for a mother of two children with special needs, life's all the more challenging, so much so that, in the present time, it's a case of having "to beg" for help.

Mothers Fustration, Sligo
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SNA Cutbacks 2011

Hi! I'm a final year student doing a research project on the effects of the governmental cutbacks on Special Needs Children and SNAs in Irish primary schools.

Could anybody give me any tips/pointers/personal accounts or opinions? Anything would be very much appreciated!

Thank you

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Carers Association urges carers to join campaign (OceanFM, 7/6/2011)

The Carers Association in Sligo is urging carers across the North West
to join them in the fight for a better life for those in the profession. There are currently over 2400 carers in Sligo.

The organisation has unveiled its "One Voice" Campaign in the wake of
last week's Prime Time Investigates programme, which conducted extensive research into the effects of cuts on family carers.  The programme found that 82 percent of carers have been affected by cutbacks in State services.

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SNA Cutbacks

200 SNAs to be removed from schools. Will know today if my child's school is one! Mr Ruairí Quinn will regret his decision.  What a U-turn!!

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Protest - Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours, Radisson Hotel, Sligo (25/4/11)

25 Apr 2011 15:00

Peaceful protest re Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours on Easter Monday 25th April

The Radisson Hotel near Rosses point in Sligo At 3pm.
Ruairi Quinn will be attending a meeting at 4pm

Bring a laminated photo of your kids on A4 size paper with a little writing below similar to the montage

...Carry red,yellow & blue Balloons

Wear red,yellow or Blue to represent the primary colours/our kids...
Spread the word!
Thanks -Give our kids their SNAs...
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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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Parents angry over special needs cuts (Irish Examiner, 27/8/2010)

Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, Friday, August 27, 2010

PARENTS of special needs children said they face further cutbacks after the Department of Education confirmed children signed up for the free preschool year will have specialist home tuition hours cut. 

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Boy pens letter to reveal need for respite care (Aug 24, 2010)

My name is Stephen and I’m a 14-year-old boy living with a sister who suffers from autism and ADHD.  Life is very hard having a sister with special needs – it’s all about Lorna. 

The mornings are always a struggle in our house, as it’s Lorna’s way or no way. She dictates when she gets up, how she gets washed, and even the way I eat my breakfast. If I go against Lorna in the slightest way, all hell will break loose. 

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National protest march - People with Disabilities Say No More Cuts!! Dublin, 7th July 2010

7 Jul 2010 12:00

Inclusion Ireland is co-coordinating a national protest march under the banner ‘People with Disabilities Say No More Cuts!’
People with a disability and their families and friend will meet at the Garden of Remembrance at 12pm on Wednesday 7th July, marching down O’Connell Street, before assembling outside Leinster House. 

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Autistic school reduces staffing hours to ensure its survival

Mayo Advertiser, April 02, 2010.

No Government funding for Kiltimagh facility

By Geraldine Carr

The privately funded Áthas School located in Kiltimagh, which is the only specialised school in Mayo which caters for children diagnosed with an autism disorder, through using applied behaviour analytic services, has implemented cuts across all its staffing hours.

Athas School, Kiltimagh, Co May
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Special needs cuts criticised (Longford Leader, 9/4/10)

Local politicians criticised cuts in the number of Special Needs Assistants in Longford and Westmeath this week but the exact detail of the cuts remain unclear. The Department of Education and Skills said this week that it is unable to release details with regard to the cutbacks in Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in Co Longford schools. "The figures relating to the cuts are not available on a regional basis," the spokesperson said.

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Three SNAs to be cut at second Castlebar special school (Mayo News, 23/3/2010)

IN YET another blow to parents of special needs children, The Mayo News has learned that St Brid’s Special School in Castlebar may lose three of its 13 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in June next.  St Brid’s caters for almost 25 children with severe, profound and moderate learning difficulties, as well as children with autism, all of whom require care on an almost continual basis.

Art by Anna and Luke, pupils at St Brigs Special School, Castlebar
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Principal: SNA cuts make policy "pointless" (Irish Examiner, 30/1/10)

Niall Murray, Irish Examiner. Saturday, January 30, 2010

GOVERNMENT policy of integrating children with special needs into mainstream schools will be pointless if there are more cuts to staff helping them in class, a principals’ leader warned yesterday.

Hundreds of special needs assistants (SNAs) who help with physical and behavioural difficulties of thousands of pupils have been made redundant this weekend, in a move described yesterday by Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) director Sean Cottrell as a ruthless culling.

Almost 1,200 of the 10,500 SNA positions could be axed as a result of a review at 4,000 schools, according to preliminary figures from the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) last summer.

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Carers not impressed by Budget cuts in welfare (Sligo Champion, 30/12/09)

Sligo Champion, Wednesday December 30 2009

Family carers across Sligo are outraged and bitterly disappointed that the Government has introduced a blanket 3.9% cut to social welfare payments to all carers. This equates to a reduction of €8.50 per week or €442 per annum for carers in receipt of the carers allowance, they say.

"Family carers are the only social welfare recipients who have to work for their payment by providing full time care in the home to older people, those sick and disabled and have already suffered a 2% decrease in welfare payments due to the abolishment of the Christmas bonus this year.

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Dozens of autistic children left without assistance dogs

DOZENS of autistic children will not get specialist trained assistance dogs next year because of Government cutbacks. The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) said it needs €1.5 million in 2010 to train another 40 assistance dogs for families of children with autism, like it did this year.

Trained Assistance Dog for Children with Autism
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Massive rise in number of autistic carers denied grants

PARENTS of autistic children claim there has been a massive increase in the numbers being refused a vital home care allowance since the scheme was taken over by the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

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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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Parents organise camps for children with ASD in light of HSE budget cuts (Donegal Democrat 9/7/09)

Donegal Democrat, 09 July 2009
A group of Donegal parents is organising a camp for children with autism, thanks to support from Gabrielle's Diary Charity Ball and the North-West 10K.
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DFI Regional Platform Meetings

Dear Colleagues,

I would like you to assist me in planning our next DFI Platform meetings. In order to do this I would appreciate if you could respond to the three questions below and return them to me.

1. Firstly, I would like to find out what topics you would like to see on the agenda over the next 12 months.

2. Secondly, I would like to know if the format of meeting 3-times per year in varying locations within the North West region is still feasible? Would another format be more suitable.

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What happens now?

Photo: Don Moloney/Press 22. Story Source: Irish Times, 16/7/09.
Many parents of disabled children who are due to leave school say they will have nowhere to go as a result of health spending cuts, writes CARL O’BRIEN

BREDA PURCELL feels a gnawing sense of worry every time she thinks of her son’s future.

What happens now?
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200 children facing autism service cuts (Donegal Democrat, 11/09/2008)

The families of up to 200 Donegal children who suffer from autism are facing an anxious wait over a review which could see an important home help service cut.

Donegal Autism Services provides the Family Support Service to help the development of children with autism. Families who receive the service say it is vital in helping them to manage the strict routines and challenging behaviour of children.

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