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This category relates to children and adults with special needs (with or without Autism).
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.
We are contacting you to inform you of the Association's forthcoming Conference for parents 'Looking Ahead-Making the Change'
in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 6th April and it would be
greatly appreciated if you would share details with parents and networks
as registration is about to close.
Guest Speakers include;
- Lisa Domican, Social Entrepreneur, creator of communication aid 'Grace App'.
- Dr. David J Carey, Consultant Psychologist, Educational Consultant
“Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities”
(hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies)
4th International Disability Summer School
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - How to Use it
18th – 23rd June 2012
Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland) & Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Project on Disability)
With opening address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins
SEE ATTACHED FLYER
Dear ABA tutors & parents,
My name is Elaine Mc Hugh, I studied psychology in NUI Galway and I’m currently taking part in a masters in educational research with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
I’m now in the process of conducting research which investigates the change of pilot ABA schools in Ireland to special school status. What I am most interested in is your perceptions of the reforms and attitudes towards different types of treatment options. I was wondering if you would be interested in being interviewed as part of this research. I am looking for people who have been directly impacted by these changes. Your personal information (and information about the associated school) will be confidential.
Please contact me if you are interested in taking part or if you have any questions.
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!
My name is Carol Chamberlain. I'm a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts (BA) student in Childcare Management in Athlone Institute of Technology, Westmeath.
I'm currently conducting a research study for my presentation on children with disabilities (3 years) and social inclusion in a Childcare setting paying particular attention to how the facility has been modified to cater for their needs . I was wondering if you would be willing to help me by filling out a questionnaire?
Leitrim County Council has installed a sensory room for children with special needs in its library in Mohill. This will provide educational and therapeutic supports for these children in a fun environment.
It is envisaged that when it is open the room will be booked in advance by parents and carers of children with special needs who will accompany them and assist them when using the equipment. There will be no charge for the use of the facilities.
The next family event is on Sunday July 10th from 3pm to 5pm in Kids Kingdom, Carrick-on-Shannon.
There will be lots to do.
The Centre consists of multiple lanes of ten pin bowling, a unique castle-themed multi-level play centre, a well-equipped arcade, sumo wrestling and a separate pool table area.
Food and drinks will also be served on the day.
Organised by Parents Support Network, Sligo; Please see FLYER below.
Monaghan Sports Partnership and Cavan Sports Partnership
"Sports Ability" Summer Camp 2011
For Young people with a disability aged 5-14yrs and their siblings
Camp 1: Cavan Leisure Centre, Cavan, Date: 11th, 12th, 13th July 2011
There are still a few places available for this course.
First Steps in ABA
Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr, Sligo Park Hotel, SLIGO
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...
Continence Information Day
Organised by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, Donegal Branch.
Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Saturday 16th April 2011
A unique opportunity for individuals, families, carers and professionals to learn and share information regarding continence issues.
10.00am Frances Halligan,
Continence Advisor Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Urodymanic Department & Consultant to SBHI
1.30pm Frances McGinley
Continence Advisor for Community Services Co. Donegal
Cuts to special needs resources deplorable
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?
Dunboyne, Co Meath
Source: Letters Page, Irish Times, 1st April 2011
Supporting Families with Disabilities
For parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Aspergers,Downs Syndrome etc.
Where: At the Sligo Park Hotel
When: Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm.
Rainchild Network and Developing Ability Partnership are working together on possibility of running a number of special needs courses in Connaught region due to regular enquiries and sponsorship opportunity. We are pleased to announce the first course is the ...
First Steps in ABA
Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr
The Clarion Hotel, Sligo, Starting Saturday June 26th 2010 for three consecutive Saturdays
Leitrim County Council and the FAI are running a FREE community soccer programme in Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton for all special needs children.
Manorhamilton : In the sports hall (Bee Park), Saturdays, 11AM-12.30PM
Councillor Orla Leyden has proposed that a seven acre field owned by the local council in the Lisnamult area of Roscommon town be used for an all weather sports area to cope with a range of sports as well as giving Special Olympics athletes somewhere to train.
At present many sports groups have to travel to Castelrea or Athlone to use all weather facilities and a proposal to develop the Lisnamult site would be aided by the local Residents' and Tenants' Association, chaired by Anthony Doolan, who are open to working with other groups for the good of their community.
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.
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.
The following conditions are related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Venue: Park Plaza Tyrrelstown, Dublin.
PECS Basic Training Course, Dublin
This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals. Please see attached Flyer for Autumn 2009 PECS courses on island of Ireland.