Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Health
Autism Support Services
878. To ask the Minister for Health when provision will be made for a residential programme to be offered to children with profound sensory disabilities with particular reference for the need to address the concerns of parents who have tried on their own to cope; if arrangements will be made to ensure speech and language therapy will be offered without interruption to children with severe autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3792/20]
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.