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# 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.

# special-needs - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Cuts in teaching support for special needs children “utterly unacceptable”

The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.

# special-needs - Monday 17 June, 2013

Man arrested over sexual assault on woman with special needs

The victim was accosted and brought to a house on Wednesday, 12 June.

# special-needs - Monday 10 June, 2013

Parents fight against closure of special needs pre-schools

A mother speaks for her son: ‘I’m disabled but I am here. I am disabled but I want to attend school. I am disabled but I’d like to live my life.’

# special-needs - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Column: I’m a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate

Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.

# special-needs - Thursday 4 April, 2013

Almost 60 per cent of special needs assistants assaulted – survey

An IMPACT survey says that the SNAs were assaulted by the children they work with, with 18 per cent saying it’s a daily occurrence.

# special-needs - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Dentist who “raised the bar” caring for autistic patient wins top award

Dr Gillian Smith painstakingly treated Neal Dhondt for four months, which meant he did not have to have surgery.

# special-needs - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

5,000 march to Leinster House in demand for greater disability rights

People with disabilities showed the government a red card at a national protest today in Dublin.

# special-needs - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Parents of special needs children to speak to Oireachtas Committee

They will speak about the challenges facing their families with the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, chaired by Joanna Tuffy (pictured).

# special-needs - Monday 1 October, 2012

Group recommends teachers should be upskilled to handle student behaviour

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland welcomed the report but said the loss of teachers due to cutbacks is “extremely damaging” to the promotion of positive behaviour in the classroom.

# special-needs - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem

We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.

# special-needs - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

91 new classes for children with special needs announced

Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.

# special-needs - Thursday 14 June, 2012

SNA allocation welcomed by Special Needs Parents Association

The association said it welcomes the 211 extra whole-time Special Needs Assistants, but said that the number of Resource and Learning Support teaching posts will not meet demand.

# special-needs - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Number of SNAs ‘similar to last year’ but schools to get less resource hours

There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.

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