Griffin welcomes long overdue supports for children with Down Syndrome
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) KERRY
Friday, 27 March 2015
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed the allocation of resource teacher support to children with Down syndrome announced this week by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan.
“I strongly welcome Minister O’Sullivan’s announcement of additional resources to be allocated to schools as an interim measure to support those children with Down Syndrome, who are not already supported through the National Council for Special Education’s (NCSE) annual allocation process.
“I know that this measure is long overdue and I know that the news will come as a welcome relief to Kerry families of children with Down Syndrome who have been waiting a long time, both for proper recognition of the syndrome and also the necessary supports for their children.
“Children with Down Syndrome have specific needs and requirements. This measure will mean that children will get individual attention and support specific to their needs. I commend Down Syndrome Ireland for their excellent work over many years and I thank the Minister for engaging with them, to get a better understanding of the specific requirements of children with the syndrome.
“While this is just an interim measure, the Minister has said that over the next couple of years, a new model of allocating supports will be piloted and implemented. It will remove the need for parents to pay for assessments, and for children to receive a diagnosis in order to receive additional teaching support.”
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