Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (327)

John McGuinness

Question:

434 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science if his Department will issue a comprehensive response to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny regarding the educational and medical care entitlements of their child who has autism. [1342/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy. My Department is currently providing funding towards home tuition for the children in question. My officials are arranging to liaise with the appropriate professionals regarding the long-term educational needs of the children and further contact will be made with the parents in this regard.

The issue of the medical care entitlements of the children is a matter for the Department of Health and Children through the local health board.