Written answers

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Further and Higher Education

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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661. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 152 of 14 October 2021, if he will respond to matters raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding an education course for young adults with intellectual disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52095/21]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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City of Dublin ETB advised my officials that the adult learners in the Donnycarney Centre approached the Board's staff as a preformed group requesting assistance as the funding for their programme had ceased. The current position is that following an initial assessment of the learners in the Donnycarney Centre, City of Dublin ETB is providing a combined programme incorporating elements of the Latch-on programme and the Skills for Life programme, which it considers most suitable for their needs.

The combined programme is of 9 hours duration per week, similar to that of the two pilot Latch-On programmes being operated in Finglas and Parnell Square in collaboration with Down Syndrome Ireland. All three programmes are being offered for a 2 year period during which City of Dublin ETB will monitor their progress.


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