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#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.

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# 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.

# special-needs - Monday 12 March, 2012

11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs

The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.

# special-needs - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

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One in four children have special educational needs - study

Teachers and parents believe up to 25 per cent of nine-year-olds have a special learning need, new research has shown.

# special-needs - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Results day for Junior Cert students, cabinet meets to discuss selling off state assets, and what Irish people are more likely to lie about than anyone else…

Column: ‘Therapists are told to prescribe the cheapest equipment’

Ahead of a planned Dáil protest today, mother Lorraine Dempsey describes the daily struggle faced by parents of children with special needs.

Parents to protest at Dáil against special needs cuts

Organisers have said they expect a “substantial turnout” at the demonstration later today.

# special-needs - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

Special needs cuts 'devastating' for struggling parents

Protesters will mass at Government Buildings next week in the hope of reversing cuts in care for children with special needs.

# special-needs - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Government wins Dáil vote on SNAs

A motion was also put forward to reverse the cuts to Special Needs Assistants but, notably, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was not present to vote against it.

Thousands expected at protest against Special Needs cutbacks

The government says 200 positions have to be cut, but independent TDs say positions should be safeguarded.

# special-needs - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

10 per cent cut in special needs support for schools - report

The Department of Education said that the reduced allocation of special needs teaching hours could be increased in some schools – if demand is less than expected.

# special-needs - Thursday 14 April, 2011

Reduction in special needs assistants concerns parents

Parents and teacher’s unions have condemned a cap on the number of special needs assistants in schools – as well as reduction is resource hours – saying the move will target the most vulnerable.