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New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as 'low incidence' disorder

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

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A NEW BILL introduced today by independent TD Finian McGrath would give recognition to Down Syndrome as a ‘low incidence disorder’ and ensure that adequate provision is made for resource teaching hours to be allocated to students with the condition.

Independent TD Thomas Pringle welcomed the introduction of the bill as a vital measure to ensure that “quality educational provision is provided for these students in mainstream schools”.

Recognising the condition as ‘low incidence’ means that it will automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.

Pringle is a member of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Down Sydrome.

“I understand the implications of not having Down Syndrome recognised as a low incidence disorder and the urgent need for these children to receive resource teaching hours so that their specific educational needs may be addressed,” he added.

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