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(Ireland) $14K (US dollars) raised for sensory room for distressed students in SPED school

Oct 25, 2018, Dublin Gazette: Scoil Chiarain parents band together to raise sensory room funds Parents of pupils attending Scoil Chiarain in Glasnevin have raised over €10,000 [$14K+ US dollars] for a sensory room, after the Department of Education have failed to provide them with funding. Scoil Chiarain in Glasnevin caters specifically for children with ‘mild general learning disabilities’ from ages 5 to 18, some of whom have autism or challenging behaviours. Parents have been petitioning the Department for funding for a sensory room for children who become distressed, but have said that despite repeated promises, the Department have failed to provide any funding for the room, or an extension. Fiona Hogan, whose son Cormac attends Scoil Chiarain, said that the sensory room is a vital requirement, as a child who is in distress can impact on the learning of other students. ... “Because some of the children have autism, have behavioural diagnoses, have down syndrome, this Sensory room is as essential in this school as toilets would be in the building. They need a calming sensory room. ... “There’s a mainstream school in Donnycarney that even has a sensory room, and here’s a school with 140 pupils serving the whole of North Dublin for children that have learning difficulties, that have challenging behaviour, and they have no sensory room.” ...

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