Tuesday 21 November 2017

Schools 'fail Down Syndrome pupils'

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

PARENTS of children with Down Syndrome have been urged not to back down on pushing for their greater inclusion in schools.

Professor Sue Buckley, president of Down Syndrome International (DSI), told an Oireachtas education committee last week that the education system is failing children with Down Syndrome, who are not getting the assistance they need in mainstream schools.

Prof Buckley said a large number of children in primary schools were being denied resource hours.

DSI president Pat Clarke said: "We are determined to continue this battle and are reaffirming our commitment to ensure the Government honours its commitment to adequately support children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities in the mainstream education system.

"There is no equity in the current situation or in the decisions being made in regard to resourcing children with Down."

Sunday Independent

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