A Donegal Deputy and Senator have spoken in the houses of the Oireachtas on the issue of resource hours for children with Down Syndrome.
40% of children with Down Syndrome in the main stream school system are not allocated resource hours to assist in their education because Down Syndrome is not listed as a ‘complex low instance disorder’ by the education department.
82 of those children are in County Donegal.
The issue is currently being reviewed by the National Council for Special Education with a report due later this week.
Deputy Pearse Doherty spoke on the matter in the Dail while Senator Brian O’Domhnaill raised the issue in the Seanad:
Senator O’Domhnaill was told in the Seanad by the Junior Education Minister Ciaran Cannon that the matter is under review by the NCSE and any recommendations will be acted on: