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(Ireland) SPED numbers triple in a decade; "resources have not kept pace"

Oct 27, 2017, Irish Times: Number at third level with disabilities triples over a decade https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/number-at-third-level-with-disabilities-triples-over-a-decade-1.3270264 The number of students with disabilities in third level or further education has more than tripled in a decade, new research shows. The dramatic increase is linked to more than €70 million which has been spent on improving access and supports for vulnerable students. However, funding per individual students has dropped by about a third in that time as resources have not kept pace with the growth in student numbers. The numbers of people with disabilities attending third level or higher education have grown from 3,800 in 2008 to more than 12,000 students this year. The majority have specific learning disabilities (50 per cent), followed by multi-disabilities (10 per cent), mental health issues (9 per cent). ...