# special-needs - Monday 22 September, 2014
On average, there are 162 children for each speech and language therapist in Ireland.
# special-needs - Thursday 18 September, 2014
Primary schools are looking to fill 56 SNA positions through the JobBridge scheme.
# special-needs - Tuesday 5 August, 2014
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
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
The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.
# special-needs - Sunday 1 June, 2014
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
The Department of Education has rejected Micheál Martin’s claims that there are widespread cuts to SNAs.
# special-needs - Sunday 18 May, 2014
The Fianna Fáil leader says that new rules on SNAs will lead to “widespread cuts”.
# special-needs - Friday 16 May, 2014
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
The card for her four-year-old son was denied.
# special-needs - Monday 17 March, 2014
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
The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.
# special-needs - Friday 29 November, 2013
Jonathan Irwin said charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.
# special-needs - Monday 21 October, 2013
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
The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
# special-needs - Sunday 18 August, 2013
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
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred yesterday evening, to contact them.
# special-needs - Friday 9 August, 2013
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
Conditions recognised as ‘low incidence’ automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.
# special-needs - Tuesday 16 July, 2013
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
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
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
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
Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin to raise awareness about cuts to special needs assistants.
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
The man was arrested this morning and is due to appear before a district court this afternoon.
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# special-needs - Friday 21 June, 2013
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
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.
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
The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.
# special-needs - Monday 17 June, 2013
The victim was accosted and brought to a house on Wednesday, 12 June.
# special-needs - Monday 10 June, 2013
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
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
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
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
People with disabilities showed the government a red card at a national protest today in Dublin.
# special-needs - Wednesday 7 November, 2012
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
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
We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.