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“Too often, autistic people and their families are excluded from discussions about autism and the design of services.” File photograph: Getty

Eleven towns across the country are on the way to being designated “autism-friendly” after what was termed the “phenomenal” success of a pilot scheme (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are no official figures on the number of children with special needs who are do not have an appropriate school place, Minister for Education Joe(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan’s recent radio slot was a chance for common sense to prevail on vaccines.

As the summer draws to a close, so listeners once more begin to hear the time-honoured radio traditions that herald the changing of the seasons. Ther(...)

Photograph: iStock

A British holiday rental company has fallen into administration leaving at least 35 workers in its Dublin operation without pay, in some cases for two(...)

A file photograph of Christopher Karagiorgis with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne. Photograph: Alan Betson

The refusal of a school-bus place to a boy with autism, cerebral palsy and a moderate learning disability goes against the spirit of legislation put i(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I am deeply conscious of the stress and anxiety facing parents and their children as we work to secure more places. It is a priority issue for the department.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of children with autism or special needs are without appropriate school places ahead of the start of the new school year, new figures indicat(...)

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(...)

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