Two new Autism classes

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Richard Bru­ton has said his Depart­ment has “no role” in pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for en­rol­ment to schools for chil­dren with autism.

In a let­ter to Sligo County Coun­cil, Min­is­ter Bru­ton said there are cur­rently two spe­cial schools and 17 spe­cial classes in main­stream schools.

The Na­tional Coun­cil for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion (NCSE) has sanc­tioned two new Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der classes at both pri­mary and post-pri­mary level which were due to open this month.

The NCSE has ad­vised par­ents of chil­dren with autism to en­rol their child by ap­ply­ing in writ­ing to the school of their choice as early as pos­si­ble.

Min­is­ter Bru­ton ac­knowl­edged that the pro­vi­sion of spe­cial classes in some schools and com­mu­ni­ties in re­cent years has been “chal­leng­ing.”

Par­ents who can­not en­rol their child are urged to contact their lo­cal Spe­cial Ed Needs Or­gan­is­ers network.

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