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Groups representing children with autism, intellectual disabilities and Travellers are due before an Oireachtas committee on Thursday.

Parents of vulnerable children are being told to accept drastically reduced timetables or face the threat of suspension or expulsion, according to cam(...)

The role of special needs assistants is likely to broaden significantly under a new support scheme for schools. Photograph: iStock

The union representing thousands of special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools is to seek better terms and conditions for members if they are given in(...)

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(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with brother Adam Harris of AsIAm who says ‘despite positive public sentiment, over 85 per cent of autistic people are under or unemployed’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish people show strong positive support for autistic people in schools, employment and society generally but concede their level of knowledge of the(...)

A union for secondary school teachers has been condemned for its refusal to implement individual education plans for students with disabilities. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A union for secondary school teachers has been condemned for its refusal to implement individual education plans for students with disabilities. This(...)

The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss (formerly DeafHear) has been officially relaunched as ‘Chime’. Pictured at the relaunch announcement were comedian and actor Deirdre O’Kane and Lexie Noone (aged 5, from Kilnamanagh, Dublin). Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

1) Why Believe in Science? is the title of the Irish Cancer Society’s free public talk on Wednesday, November 14th from 6:15pm in the Carmelite Commun(...)

Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return,   Saturday, November 3rd,  6pm in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary. In aid of  Amanda Stapleton, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Eoin Murphy (above) will line-out  along with former Kilkenny stars, including Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh. Home side  includeS Brendan Cummins, Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly. Tickets  €20 (in Centra or Tickets.ie). Under-16s free.

1) Coping with post-stroke Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), returning to work after a stroke and a new mobile app for CFS sufferers will all be di(...)

Christopher Karagiorgis (13) with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne, from Ashford, who have been unable to find a suitable secondary school for their son. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of teenagers with autism are in “inappropriate” secondary schools, or not in school at all, due to a dearth of suitable places, a leading rig(...)

Patrick Brophy, a  DCU graduate, says his career has flourished despite being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. He says  greater awareness of autism spectrum disorders  at third level is  a  good idea.

Patrick Brophy is part of the first generation of college students with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis who have entered third-level education f(...)

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