124. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the schools in County Dublin which have an ASD unit; the number of children attending each; the number of pupils awaiting access to an ASD unit in those and other schools, respectively; and his plans to address the shortfalls in available places for children with needs that can be catered for by an ASD unit. (Question 18560/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is the policy of my Department that all children with Special Educational Needs, including those with Autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in school settings through the primary and post primary school network. 
Such placements facilitate access to individualised education programmes which may draw from a range of appropriate educational interventions, delivered by fully qualified professional...

665. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health to continue the funding of the walk peer programme under the disability activation project, given that otherwise the programme will close, resulting in a group of young persons who have taken the difficult steps into mainstream further education, training and employment options being without support from 1 August 2016 and as a result applying to the Health Service Executive for expensive day service places, and given that the cost to the Exchequer of continuing this initiative is €280,000 per year while the cost of ceasing it could be as high as €1,704,000 per year. (Question 9571/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Employment activation projects for all citizens, including citizens with a disability, are the responsibility of the Minister for Social Protection. I understand that the WALK Peer Project referred to was funded by the Department of Social Protection and any decision on the continuation or otherwise of its funding would be a matter for that Department.
Adult day services for people with a disability are an operational matter...

412. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills to approve a request for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 to be granted the assistance of a special needs assistant. (Question 7384/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care needs of children qualifying for SNA support enrolled in the school. Where children have significant care needs whereby they may need additional support to be able to atte...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 for an appliance; and when can they expect a decision on their case. (Question 4483/16 asked on 03 Feb 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) is responsible for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports. SENOs also make recommendations to my Department where assistive technology is required. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in making recommendations for support, which is s...

191. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 525 of 11 March 2014, the number of children benefitting from special needs assistants support via the grant aid provision mentioned in that question, broken down by Health Service Executive area; and to whom an application for such grant aid should be addressed where a child lives in the HSE Dublin south east or north Wicklow area. (Question 14243/14 asked on 26 Mar 2014 - Special Educational Needs Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): My Department has asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy in relation to the number of children with a disability in receipt of assistant support from health providers to attend mainstream pre-schools and the local service issue that he has raised as these are operational matters for the Executive. 
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525. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the circumstances in which a child may be granted special needs assistant support in order to avail of his or her entitlement to a free preschool year; and the application procedure and Health Service Executive points of contact for same. (Question 11696/14 asked on 11 Mar 2014 - Special Educational Needs Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The free pre-school year is provided through the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme, which is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The objective of this scheme is to make early learning in a formal setting available to eligible children in the year before they commence primary school. I understand that certain flexibilities are built into the scheme in an effort to accom...