Teacher Linda Ward Hanlon with seven-year-old Charlie Carr. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Charlie Carr (7) was up early on Thursday morning and waiting at his front door with his Avengers lunchbox and red raincoat. “He was happy out, laugh(...)

Advocacy organisations AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland criticised the lack of clarity being provided to children with additional needs and their guardians. File photograph: Getty

Four advocacy organisations have expressed “deep concern” at the prospects that schools for children with additional needs will not reopen as planned (...)

Schools and classes for children with additional needs are set to begin reopening next week after the department and school staff unions reached agreement on the safe reopening of schools. File photograph

The Government is planning to begin reopening special schools and primary classes for children with additional needs from next Thursday, January 21st.(...)

Fórsa, the union which represents special needs assistants, says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it is safe to do so. File photograph: iStock

The main special needs assistants’ union says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it (...)

Advocacy groups  will tell Minister for Education Norma Foley of the urgent need to reopen special schools and classes in a meeting on Monday. Photograph: iStock

The Government is being urged to prioritise the vaccination of special education teaching staff next month in order to speed up the reopening of schoo(...)

Ciara Jones and her son Gavin (11) at their home in Clonee, West Dublin. ‘A massive mistake was made. Any hope we had left is gone.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Gavin Jones is currently spending the days in his room, not wanting to leave or mix with the rest of the family. The 11-year-old, who is autistic, has(...)

 Angelina Hynes with her daughter Zoe (9) at their home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Angelina Hynes felt a wave of relief when she heard confirmation that the Government is planning to keep special schools open for children. “I’m bey(...)

The Ombudsman for Children’s has urged the Government to avoid a blanket closure of schools due to the negative affect it will have on vulnerable children.

The Government is expected to keep special schools and special classes open for thousands of children with special needs. There are about 16,000 chil(...)

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. The(...)

Christmas, always a critical time when it comes to fundraising, takes on an added significance this year. Photograph: iStock

There are very few of us who haven’t felt at least a tremor from the economic earthquake caused by the pandemic but it has had a disproportionate eff(...)

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