(Ireland) No places for autistic students

Aug 4, 2017, Irish Mirror: Irish mums' fury after autistic boys turned down for school place Two autistic boys have no school to go to next month as there are not enough places available, their mums revealed yesterday. Friends Ayisha Marsh and Linda Hansard’s sons have finished junior school at Scoil Bhride in Donaghmede, North Dublin, and they have unsuccessfully tried to get them into third class at a new location. ... Ayisha, from Kilbarrack, said: “Because of Aaron’s level of autism I had a very limited number of schools to apply to. “Some of the schools got back to me and said they had no places, others said Aaron’s level of autism wouldn’t fit the criteria or the school wasn’t equipped for his needs.” The Government offers 20 hours tutoring a week to autistic children who can’t get places but Ayisha revealed a psychologist advised her not to take it.... A National Council for Special Education report found some schools have concerns they can’t provide teachers with adequate training and have avoided bringing in units for kids with specific needs. …. “In Dublin we have a particular problem with the increasing population of children – in general, demand for school places is up.” An Education Department spokesman said it has been made aware of the need for additional places and is working alongside the NCSE to achieve this.