Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Question:

276 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Education and Science the current position on services for a person with special needs (details supplied) in Dublin 6W. [21438/00]

My Department has recently sanctioned special needs assistant support for ten hours per week for the child in question. This allocation is intended to provide additional support to the child, who is currently on the caseload of the resource teacher already attached to the school.

I am also pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department has recently sanctioned a grant of £1,500 to the school to facilitate the purchase of computer equipment for use by the child in question and another pupil with special needs attending the school.