Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (154)

Joan Collins

Ceist:

154. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) has included autism spectrum disorder, ASD, classes in its regeneration plans. [11921/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Individual school boards of management are responsible for the establishment of special classes. It is open to any school to make application to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to establish a class. In deciding where to establish a special class in an area, the NCSE take account of the current and projected demand and the available school accommodation both current and planned. In this regard, the SENO may approach individual schools to discuss the matter with a view to finding the optimal location in terms of convenience and sustainability.

When the NCSE sanction a special class in a school, the school can apply to my Department for capital funding to re-configure existing spaces within the school building to accommodate the class and/or to construct additional accommodation.

Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs) who are locally based are available to assist and advise parents whose children have special needs. Where Parents have been unsuccessful in enrolling their child in a school, they should update their local SENO to inform the planning process.

SENOs are also available to assist and advise schools on special education supports and planning.

The refurbishment project referred to by the Deputy does not include an SEN base.