Dec 12, 2018, Dublin Echo: School places for autistic children still a problem http://www.echo.ie/news/article/school-places-for-autistic-children-still-a-problem ISSUES with securing school places for children on the autism spectrum is a common occurrence, according to Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart, who raised a question in the Dáil about a Dublin 24 family whose son is on the autistic spectrum and who was turned down by 24 different schools. Deputy Lahart raised a parliamentary question, where he asked Richard Bruton, the Minister for Education and Skills, if he considered it “acceptable” that a parent in Dublin 24 had been turned down by 24 different schools when they sought a place for their child, who has autism. In response, the minister stated in part that: “The enrolment of a child to a school is a matter, in the first instance, for the parents of the child and the Board of Management of a school. “My Department has no role in relation to processing applications for enrolment to schools and it does not maintain details of waiting lists in schools. … According to Deputy Lahart, the issue that his constituent is facing in trying to get a school place for their child is not an isolated incident. Speaking to The Echo, Deputy Lahart said: “This is a common [problem] across my constituency, from Dublin 24 to Dublin 6W. … “We’re still a while away from preparing adults and children with autism for employment,” said Deputy Lahart….