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(Ireland) "Unprecedented demand for ASD Units within national schools in recent years"

July 12, 2018, (Ireland) Dublin Gazette: LACK OF AUTISM UNITS IN LUCAN AREA ‘SHOCKING’ The Lucan area has seen an unprecedented demand for ASD Units within national schools in recent years. Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) said the situation was “shocking”. He said: “Due to the lack of ASD units and, therefore lack of available places, parents are finding themselves in the frustrating and often traumatic situation of trying to find a suitable place for their child, who requires a special needs setting to support and provide the best option in assisting them on the road of progression…. Cllr O’Brien has raised a motion at today’s Lucan Area Committee meeting of South Dublin County Council, calling on Minister for Education Richard Bruton to put a plan in place to provide more ASD Units in the national schools in Lucan. A spokesperson for the Department of Education said it will invest €1.75 billion [$2.6B U.S.] into educating children with special needs – an increase of 43% from 2011…. She added: “The greater proportion of children with Autism attend mainstream classes, but some students may find it difficult to manage full-time placement there and will require the environment of an ASD special class for some or all of their time in school and for a minority of children with Special Educational Needs including Autism, placements in a Special School may be required.”… The NCSE has informed the Department that they have sanctioned 19 new special classes in Dublin for the 2018/19 school as part of an ongoing process.

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