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***(Ireland) Country sees 166% increase in SPED classes in eight yrs; 548 (2011) to 1,459 (2019)

June 15, 2019, (Ireland) Kildare FM Radio: 166% Increase In Special Classes In Ireland Since 2011 There are four special schools and 75 special classes within mainstream schools in Kildare…. This includes 6 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Early Intervention classes, 46 primary ASD classes and 15 ASD post primary ASD classes. Nationally, 160 ASD special classes are expected to be established for the 2019/20 school year to meet demand. Currently, there is 1,459 special classes in Ireland, up from 548 in 2011…. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) co-ordinates the provision of education and support services to children with special educational needs including Autism, in consultation with the relevant education partners and the Health Service Executive (HSE).


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