Some Dublin schools re­sist spe­cial classes

The Irish Times - - Home News - CARL O’BRIEN

Cam­paign­ers have ex­pressed frus­tra­tion that pri­mary schools in parts of south Dublin are re­sist­ing at­tempts to set up spe­cial classes for chil­dren with autism.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion yes­ter­day pub­lished a list of 39 schools which will be com­pelled to set up spe­cial classes for more than 80 chil­dren with autism and other spe­cial needs who do not have a school place.

How­ever, cam­paign­ers say the list in­cludes only a hand­ful of schools in postal dis­tricts such as Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 6W where, they say, there is an acute short­age.

The In­volve Autism group said while it wel­comed plans to com­pel schools to open spe­cial classes, many par­ents were upset that there will still be none in their area.

It said the process for iden­ti­fy­ing schools was flawed and ques­tioned why some schools did not en­gage in the process and whether site vis­its were con­ducted to es­tab­lish if schools had space for new classes.

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