Awareness and lobbying
Parents Homeschooling Children With Special Needs “Urgently Need Support”
22 Jan 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland member from Cork Dr. Liz Kyte who is a mother of two children with special needs, a six-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome and an 11-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum appeared on Today FM’s The Last Word with Matt Cooper last night.
Disability and Family Carer groups call on Government and unions to re-engage on special education
20 Jan 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland along with three other leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Inclusion Ireland and Family Carers Ireland, have today expressed deep disappointment on behalf of their members, and called on the Government and unions to re-engage to get special education back up and running as soon as possible.
Children with disabilities and their families ‘almost completely forgotten’ in schools’ row
19 Jan 2021
Disability and Family Carer groups have appealed for the interests of vulnerable children to be prioritised, and for the Government and education stakeholders to re-engage to find agreement on a suite of education support options that includes the re-opening of schools for children with special educational needs.
Government announcement on phased return to school for students with special educational needs welcomed
15 Jan 2021
Yesterday, the Government announced its commitment to a return to school for children in special schools and primary school special classes, as well as some students with additional needs who attend mainstream classes, from 21 January. It’s a decision we welcome.
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Government announcement on phased return to school
14 Jan 2021
Announcement will come as a huge relief to children with SEN and their families
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Fórsa announcement on resumption of in-school services on a phased basis
13 Jan 2021
Announcement is positive signal – but remaining hurdles must be cleared urgently.
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome commitment to prioritise re-opening of schools for students with special educational needs
11 Jan 2021
Commitments must now be matched by urgent delivery, say representative organisations.
Families ‘devastated’ over special schools u-turn
08 Jan 2021
Disability groups seek urgent meeting with Minister Foley.
Government announcement on special schools and classes, but leaves majority of students behind
07 Jan 2021
A majority, 10,000 students, with special educational needs attend mainstream classes, and will not be catered for.