Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Education and Science
Special Educational Needs
Question 508: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the reason that critical special needs assistance care in respect of a child (details supplied) in County Donegal has been ceased in view of the fact that the child is clearly in need of this care; if he will intervene to ensure this care is restored immediately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7650/09]
As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers, for allocating resource teachers and special needs assistants to schools to support children with special needs. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support. I have arranged for the details supplied to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply. All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.