Sharon Saunders, from  Tallaght, Co Dublin, pictured with her son Scott  (9). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Within days of starting junior infants, it was clear Scott could not cope in a mainstream classroom with dozens of other children. “He was getting ve(...)

Julieann McGovern and sons Dylan (5) and Cillian (7) from Drimnagh at a  protest over special needs in Dublin organised by Enough is Enough. Photograph: Fran Veale

Schools could be ordered to provide places for children with special needs due to an acute shortage of appropriate education places for children with (...)

 Fianna Fáil education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne:  Practice is  a ‘national scandal’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Schools who place pupils on reduced timetables as a form of sanction are acting “illegally” and breaching children’s constitutional right to education(...)

There will be a record 15,950 special needs assistants in school in the coming year, supporting about 37,500 pupils.

Almost 800 new special needs assistants are to be allocated to schools from September. The increased allocation reflects the fact that record numbers(...)

Parents of children with autism and other special needs at a  protest last week to demand equal access to education at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Almost 90 children with autism in a single Dublin postal district have no school place available for them next September. While they have all been di(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has been called upon to seek urgent policy advice from the National Council for Special Education on the issue of school exclusion. Photograph: Jim Coughlan

Hundreds of “invisible” children with autism or special needs are being excluded from school but do not show up in official statistics, according to n(...)

‘The school tried its best, but they were struggling and ill-equipped’: Suzanne Voakes and her son Rian (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rian is almost seven. He loves the Avengers, playing with Lego, climbing and messy play. “He’s the joy of our family,” says his mother, Suzanne Voake(...)

Under the pilot project, SNAs will be automatically provided to schools at the start of the school year based on their profile rather than number of pupils diagnosed with disabilities. Photograph: iStock

Special needs assistants (SNAs) will be automatically provided to schools at the start of the academic year rather than waiting for an individual stud(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Department of Health was right to prioritise legislation to establish a tribunal to deal with the CervicalCheck controversy. File photograph: Tom Honan/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister for Health Simon Harris after his predecessor at the Department of Health James Reilly criticised Mr Harr(...)

Paddy Connolly of Inclusion Ireland says a lack of training among staff means vulnerable children are being placed in isolation for hours at a time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children with disabilities as young as five years of age are at risk of psychological harm caused by the use of unregulated seclusion and restraint pr(...)

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