Friday 23 March 2018

School forced to withdraw disability services over funding cuts

HSE. Stock image
HSE. Stock image

Eilish O’Regan

A DISABILITY organisation is to stop providing a life-skills and vocational training programme for young people in south Dublin due to funding difficulties.

The St John of God organisation - which is funded by the HSE - said it suffered a "significant reduction in funding" and must end the services it provides around teenagers with intellectual disabilities in St Augustine’s School in Blackrock.

The life skills programme will end from later this month and it will  phase out the vocational training programme involving  car valeting, carpentry and horticulture over the next two years.

It plans to redeploy the 26 staff affected to other areas of the health service.

The HSE said it is was aware of the decision. A spokesperson said St John of God would be aware of national policy in the provision of services to young people with intellectual disabilities.

This policy aims to ensure an equitable service to all children.

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