Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (389)

Kathleen Funchion


389. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of autistic children enrolled at post-primary level for the school year 2019-2020. [31693/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department does not hold information in relation to the number of children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in school.

The National Council for Special education (NCSE), an independent agency of my Department, is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising on education provision for children with special educational needs in consultation with the relevant education partners and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The NCSE’s policy advice on Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2016) noted a national ASD prevalence rate of 1.55% or 1 in every 65 students.

There were 362,899 students enrolled in Post Primary schools in the 2018/19 school year.