Monday 19 March 2018

Down children 'are being failed'

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

THE education system is failing Down syndrome children, an Oireachtas committee was told.

Professor Sue Buckley, the President of Down Syndrome International, spoke to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education yesterday about the importance of the inclusion of Down syndrome children in schools.

Down syndrome is not listed as a "low incidence, complex disorder" – so children do not get special assistance in the classroom in mainstream schools.

Professor Buckley told the committee that by "denying them 'low incidence' levels of support, means that they "do not have the level of support they and their teachers need to succeed".

Down syndrome affects 0.2pc of the population of children in Ireland.

Joanna Tuffy (pictured), the chair of the Oireachtas committee, said that they recognised yesterday's meeting as a "productive engagement", and that it would "serve to inform future discussions".

Irish Independent

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