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(Ireland) Longford:18 autistic children without school places

Mar 22, 2024, Midlands103: 18 Children In Midlands Town With No Place In Autism Class

There are 18 children in a midlands town in need of a special class place, but nowhere for them to go.

Those are the words of Athlone's Hilda Duignan, whose five-year son is one of those in need of an Autism class.

She's placing her hopes on her son joining her daughter in a school in Ballinasloe, but says she's unsure of the availability.

Ms. Duignan says if that doesn't work out, there's no Plan B.

A Senator says it's "unacceptable" there are 18 children in a midlands town still waiting to find a special class space for the upcoming school year.

Longford Senator and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Autism Committee Micheál Carrigy says there's more work to be done from the Government.

Audio: There are no schools with capacity nearby. From my own experience, and the panic and the upset and  the frustration that I feel and my husband feels here in our home because of it. I can imagine that there are similar feelings in houses around the town and indeed around the country.\


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