Tuesday 20 March 2018

Plans to withdraw disability services at Dublin school shelved

HSE. Stock image
HSE. Stock image

Eilish O’Regan

THE planned ending of a life-skills and vocational educational training course for young people with an intellectual disability in St Augustine’s School in Blackrock in Dublin has been shelved.

Parents said they were informed last night by St John of God Services that “all services currently provided by Saint John of God Community Services at St Augustine’s School will continue without change” pending agreement with stakeholders.

The order had planned to withdraw a HSE-funded life skills programme at the school from the end of June and to phase out a vocational training programme over two years due to financial difficulties.

“They indicated that they had changed their position following an intervention by the HSE and discussions at Ministerial level,” said a spokesman for the parents today.

“We welcome the progress made and the assurance from the St John of God Services that there will be no change in services without agreement.

“We acknowledge the interest and support we have received from politicians on all sides of the Oireachtas and we look forward to their continuing support in maintaining our successful model of education for our children.

“We also appreciate the members of the media who helped to highlight the risk posed to our children’s future.”

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