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(Ireland) Wexford school opens autism unit; another unit planned "if the need arises"

Nov 10, 2018, Wexford People: School autism unit is opened https://www.wexfordpeople.ie/news/school-autism-unit-is-opened-37494978.html

Ballymitty National School officially opened its new autism unit, 'An Choill Bheag' in a ceremony before a gathering of parents and staff. Principal, Audrey McCarthy, welcomed the visitors to the school and a warm word of welcome was extended to the school's five new pupils who have created their own bit of history as the first children to enter the unit. Ms McCarthy thanked Ms Casey and the two new Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) Christine Casey and Síona Nolan for their fantastic work with the pupils to-date. She also thanked the staff for making the school an autism friendly place. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr Martin Pender, thanked everyone who supported the new venture which he said will be an invaluable addition to the school. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr Martin Pender, thanked everyone who supported the new venture which he said will be an invaluable addition to the school. Autism Awareness Week was held in September and those in attendance were informed that the school is making small changes to develop awareness and enhance support for the sensory needs of the pupils. Ms McCarthy said the school plans to open another unit in the future if the need arises. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr Martin Pender, thanked everyone who supported the new venture which he said will be an invaluable addition to the school. Highlighting how times are changing in a positive way Fr Pender emphasised that many years ago there were very few, if any, supports for children with autism. …