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Shirley Higgins, conductor of St Mary’s signing choir, and members of the choir rehearsing at the school in Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a (...)

“It’s a really good forum for parents and guidance counsellors and students to come up and just get their questions answered.” Ann Heelan, executive director of Ahead, opens Better Options 2013.

Finding out about the options for third-level study can be a hugely interesting, stimulating and even enjoyable experience for most secondary-schoo(...)

Gail O’Driscoll, 32, from Cork, and her son, 12-year old Ciaran, who was diagnosed with severe autism and intellectual disability at the age of 3 and a half.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s been one of the longest and most bitter fights in special education policy circles, and it still rumbles on. Campaigners for a particular form of(...)

Jo Flood with her 13-year-old son, Harrison, at their home near New Ross, Co Wexford. Photographs: David Sleator

Jo Flood has just learnt that her 13-year-old son, Harrison, will be able to attend a local mainstream school near New Ross in Co Wexford next Septemb(...)

Mary Doherty with her son Aaron: parents are battling an inflexible system.Photograph:  Alan Betson

When the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn proposed a 10 per cent cut in resource teaching hours for pupils with special needs last year, the rea(...)

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