Nano Na­gle grad­u­ates left in un­cer­tain limbo

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By DÓ­NAL NOLAN

STU­DENTS with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies are be­ing left in a fright­en­ing limbo on leav­ing school as they wait to find out what ser­vices will be avail­able for them af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

At least one stu­dent of the Nano Na­gle special sec­ondary school in Lis­towel who is fin­ish­ing school this aca­demic year is still wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion on the care and ser­vices that will be pro­vided for him by the HSE when he leaves the in­sti­tute. Two oth­ers were only in­formed of their fu­ture pro­vi­sion by the HSE in Septem­ber, mean­while.

Fianna Fáil deputy John Bras­sil – the party’s spokesper­son on pri­mary care – raised the is­sue of de­lays with Min­is­ter of State at the Depart­ment of Fi­nance Patrick O’Dono­van this week. Deputy Bras­sil blames the level of bu­reau­cracy in the sys­tem for the painful wait fam­i­lies and stu­dents are be­ing forced to face.

“At present, the process of de­ter­min­ing and al­lo­cat­ing sup­port for these young peo­ple starts in Septem­ber be­fore they are due to fin­ish school,” Deputy Bras­sil said.

“Many are left wait­ing an un­fair amount of time to be told what ser­vice sup­ports would be pro­vided to them and their fam­i­lies when they left the school.

“For ex­am­ple, for those who fin­ished their school­ing in sum­mer 2017, the process be­gan in Septem­ber 2016. Un­for­tu­nately, with the level of bu­reau­cracy in our sys­tem, only two of the five stu­dents due to com­plete their stud­ies at Nano Na­gle were in­formed of their fu­ture pro­vi­sion by the HSE...Two were only told in Septem­ber, and alarm­ingly there is still one young adult and his fam­ily wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion from the HSE,” he said. He is call­ing for the process to start much ear­lier and with fel­low Kerry TDs will meet the Min­is­ter of Health on the is­sue as it per­tains to the en­tire county – where 271 ap­pli­ca­tions for sup­port for school leavers were re­ceived this year.

Fianna Fáil TD John Bras­sil

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