Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (202)

Simon Harris

Question:

202. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an ASD facility will be supplied in a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14938/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that the establishment of a network of autism-specific special classes in schools across the country to cater for children with autism has been a key educational priority in recent years.

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary and post primary schools for special educational needs supports, including the establishment of special classes in various geographical areas as required. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support.

I have therefore arranged for the Deputy's question relating to provision at post primary level to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.