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#Special Needs

# special-needs - Today’s News


# special-needs - Friday 15 January, 2016

‘I keep saying, why did it happen?’: Man sentenced to 12 years for attempted rape of niece

In her victim impact report the now adult woman said her plans for her life changed as a result of the abuse.

# special-needs - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Pride as children with special needs release Christmas album

Students at St Raphael’s have been rehearsing for the CD since the beginning of September.

# special-needs - Monday 19 October, 2015

Mother starts second week chaining herself to the front of the Department of Education

This is in relation to a grant payment for her son, who has autism.

# special-needs - Thursday 2 July, 2015

Suicidal woman allegedly told to ‘go home and overdose’ if she wanted to be seen

The incident apparently happened at University Hospital Galway.

# special-needs - Friday 17 April, 2015

Attackers ‘threatened to rape man with special needs and set him on fire’

He was left with serious head injuries after the assault.

# special-needs - Thursday 2 April, 2015

Child with autism ‘kept in cage-like structure’ inside classroom

Australian authorities have launched an investigation into the claims.

# special-needs - Thursday 12 February, 2015

My daughter is clever, funny, and full of life. So why am I so worried about her future?

To live a full adult life and contribute to society, my daughter urgently needs resource hours in school.

# special-needs - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Horse rescue shelter appeals for missing ponies Bam Bam and Tyson to be returned

The two ponies were lent out to a foster home, but have since gone missing.

# special-needs - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

This special sensory event is for children who thought they’d never see a panto

It’s being held at the Helix Theatre in Dublin.

# special-needs - Monday 13 October, 2014

Over 300 new resource teaching posts for children with special needs announced

Details of the allocations will be revealed this afternoon.

# special-needs - Monday 22 September, 2014

Almost 3,000 children are waiting over a year for speech and language therapy

On average, there are 162 children for each speech and language therapist in Ireland.

# special-needs - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Why are schools using JobBridge to hire SNAs? The Minister’s pledging to find out

Primary schools are looking to fill 56 SNA positions through the JobBridge scheme.

# special-needs - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Opinion: Baby Gammy’s sad story shows how much Down syndrome still scares parents

When my baby daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, the future seemed terrifying and uncertain. But all I needed was time to adapt.

# special-needs - Monday 14 July, 2014

Parents’ shock at €500k cut to disability services for children

St Catherine’s Association said it did not receive any prior notice that the funds were to be cut.

# special-needs - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours

The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.

# special-needs - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants

A circular by the Department of Education outlines new guidelines that would see children with special needs subjected to reviews to keep their SNA supports.

# special-needs - Monday 19 May, 2014

“No question” of reducing number of SNA posts, says Department

The Department of Education has rejected Micheál Martin’s claims that there are widespread cuts to SNAs.

# special-needs - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Martin warns of ‘covert clampdown’ on Special Needs Assistant supports

The Fianna Fáil leader says that new rules on SNAs will lead to “widespread cuts”.

# special-needs - Friday 16 May, 2014

Opinion: Children with special needs are being failed – this is not inclusive education

We are a society, not a collection of economic units where some of our children can be victimised in the name of “value for money”.

# special-needs - Monday 12 May, 2014

Mother was asked by the HSE if her son ‘still had Down syndrome’

The card for her four-year-old son was denied.

# special-needs - Monday 17 March, 2014

Column: Autism – moving beyond labels and limits

It is vitally important that we look beyond the labels and limits we place on children with developmental challenges, writes Karen O’Connor.

# special-needs - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.

# special-needs - Friday 29 November, 2013

Jack & Jill CEO: ‘I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension’

Jonathan Irwin said charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.

# special-needs - Monday 21 October, 2013

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced

The National Council for Special Education said the new positions brings this year’s allocation to more than 5,700.

# special-needs - Monday 9 September, 2013

118 new classes to open for children with special needs

The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.

# special-needs - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Taxi drivers ‘badly’ needed for this year’s special children’s outing

The event has been running in Dublin since 1960, offering a fun day out every year for children with special needs.

# special-needs - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Youths in dumper truck damage grounds of special needs school

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred yesterday evening, to contact them.

# special-needs - Friday 9 August, 2013

Working-class boys with special needs most likely to hate school

The research found that children with educational difficulties dislike school more than those with physical disabilities or speech deficiencies.

# special-needs - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as ‘low incidence’ disorder

Conditions recognised as ‘low incidence’ automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.

# special-needs - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

HSE to close special needs pre-schools despite parents’ wishes

Two pre-schools for special needs children are to shut as the HSE facilitates a policy to mainstream students from an early age.

# special-needs - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Even as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn “was doing the right thing on resource hours, he refused to back down on Special Needs Assistants”, writes the FF leader.

# special-needs - Friday 28 June, 2013

Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the ‘professor of sniping’

The former Labour Party chairman has criticised Emmet Stagg and hit out at Labour ministers following his resignation from the party this week.

# special-needs - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Special needs association hopes FF protest heckles don’t ‘distract from issues’

The heckles aimed at Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin yesterday were also condemned by the party’s education spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue.

# special-needs - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

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Special needs assistant cuts protest descends into FF heckles

Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to raise awareness about cuts to special needs assistants.

Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today

The planned protests over special needs education will go ahead as planned today, despite the Education Minister’s announcement yesterday, with parents saying the protest is not solely about raising awareness of the single issue of resource hours.

# special-needs - Saturday 22 June, 2013

Man charged over sexual assault on woman with special needs

The man was arrested this morning and is due to appear before a district court this afternoon.

The Evening Fix… now with added Steve Jobs film

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

# special-needs - Friday 21 June, 2013

TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts

A Fianna Fáil motion, to be voted upon on next Wednesday, asks for increased teaching staff to meet the workload.

# special-needs - Thursday 20 June, 2013

INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.

Tánaiste insists: We’re not cutting the budget for special needs teaching

Children with special educational needs face a reduction in the amount of time allocated to them from next September. But Eamon Gilmore said this did not amount to a cut.

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