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(Ireland) Special needs unit added to school

Apr 5, 2023, Meath Chronicle: VIDEO: ‘Rainbow Room’ special needs unit offically opens in Boyerstown

The new purpose-built 'Rainbow Room' at St Joseph's NS in Boyerstown was officially opened last month.

Meath West Deputy Damien English was joined by Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan as well as parish priest Fr Andy Doyle for the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new special needs unit which also saw all the pupils of the school in attendance with teachers, principal, Cathal O Bric and Board of Management members.

Willow has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy, is non-verbal, a wheelchair user, PEG-fed and has a range of complex medical needs.

The new unit features state of-the-art sensory equipment and teaching aids as well as a sensory room complete with waterbed and LED lights and installations as well as hoists to help lift the children if needed.

"Willow wouldn't be able to go to school if they hadn't provided this unit at Boyerstown. It is three years in the making and principal, Cathal Ó Bric made huge efforts to ensure she is accommodated," said Tracy speaking to the Chronicle back on Willow's first day in school back in February….

Principal, Cathal O Bric is delighted the unit is up and running and said "it has been a very positive experience for us and for the two girls and their famillies."

He recalled Tracy approaching the school about a Special Needs Unit three years previously when she couldn't get a place for Willow in Navan.

"It involved talking to other schools, getting the support of the Board of Management who were very supportive, talking to the Department of Education and National Council for Special Education to ensure we got the funding for the equipment and personnel needed.


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