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(Ireland) School refuses exam assistance for dyslexic students

Oct 27, 2017, (Dublin) Irish Independent: Disabled pupils' exam assistance request refused https://www.independent.ie/life/family/learning/disabled-pupils-exam-assistance-request-refused-30318389.html A LAST-minute refusal of assistance in the Leaving Certificate exams to students with diagnosed disabilities has sparked outrage. The Office of the Ombudsman has been drafted into a race against time to persuade the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to reverse the decision affecting 18 pupils of a private school in the Munster area. It was only on Thursday that the students, most of whom suffer with dyspraxia and dysgraphia, were told that their requests for assistance to help them overcome their difficulties in writing, were being refused. The school principal told the Irish Independent that some parents had advised her that their children's sitting of the exams was now in serious doubt due to the anxiety caused. … Under a special arrangement, known as the Scheme for Reasonable Accommodation, they had applied for the use of a scribe to whom they could dictate their answers because of their own difficulties with writing.... Ms Heelan said students with dyspraxia and dysgraphia could have difficulty writing for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. …