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By Anne Dachel

Back on December 7, 2021, a story was published on a site called, Research Outreach. The title was Inclusion at a crossroads: Special education in Ireland

It was a look at various ways of providing special education servcies to students: inclusion in  mainstream classes, special classes and special schools.

In this piece were some stunning statistics that didn’t seem alarming at all to those involved in this collaborative work.

Special education in Ireland has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years. As well as changes to funding models and a rise in the number of special education teaching posts, there have been increases in the number of students with additional learning needs and/or disabilities attending mainstream schools, as well as the number of special classes in mainstream schools. The number of special schools has also grown.

As a result, between 2011 and 2019 government expenditure on special education increased by 46%, and special education as a percentage of the total education budget increased by 13%, with €1.9 billion [$2B] allocated to special education in 2019. In the same period, the number of additional teaching posts for special education increased by 46% and the provision of special classes by 196%. 

The number of students enrolled in special classes also increased by 155% and the number of students enrolled in special schools increased by 15%. It is now estimated that over a quarter of all students in Ireland’s mainstream schools have additional learning needs and/or disabilities….

More than 25 percent of children in school in Ireland have some type of special need. Clearly there are ongoing increases in the number of disabled students.

Special classes in Ireland

Banks and Shevlin note how special classes in Ireland have grown significantly since the late 2000s. Between 100 and 200 new special classes are opening every year, such that in 2019/20 more than 700 classes were in operation. The increase in provision has led to government concern about cost, with the annual cost per student increasing by 11% between 2012 and 2019.

It’s all about autism

The article went on to describe the significant role that autism plays in all of this.

Another significant change since the late 2000s has been that, whereas special classes were previously primarily aimed at students with general learning difficulties, 85% of special classes are now designated for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Though the data is limited, what data there is suggests that autism has a prevalence rate of 1.5% in schoolchildren in Ireland compared to other disabilities. Banks and Shevlin suggest that the increase in special classes designated for students with ASD has been, to some extent, influenced by parents and advocacy groups which has attracted media and political attention to the challenges that students with autism face in education.

The article was about which type of special education is best for children without any real concern about how Ireland will survive these astonishing increases in the long run.

Then on Dec 14, 2022, the Cork Independent published the story, Raised awareness from parents around autism.

It revealed what autism is doing to Ireland.

This kind of service is needed more now than it ever has been, as figures published this year by the Department of Health reveal that 14,000 children between the ages of four and 15 have an autism diagnosis - around 4.7 per cent of the school population.

This is four times higher than the figure of just 1.2 per cent 10 years ago.

That means that one in every 21 students in school in Ireland is autistic.

This brings me to a current story out of Ireland. 

Oct 10, 2023, Meath ChronicleNew autism classrooms at Ratoath Junior NS were ‘worth waiting for’

It’s about a school adding new autism classrooms

…Former TD, Mary Wallace made the comments at the official opening of the new autism unit at the school on Friday….

Addressing elected representatives, Ms Wallace asked them to take two messages back: "The first message is that it is truly worth waiting for the proper facilities and whilst some amount of pressure can be exerted to accept children without having the correct facilities, in our opinion this is never the correct option and today’s facilities demonstrate the importance of getting it right from the start."

At the opening, the point was made quite strongly that this school would be for local students ONLY.

She also spoke about their belief that the unit should cater for those within the parish and not be filled with children from outside the area.

"Our second message is that children who fulfil the criteria should not have to travel outside of their parish to avail of these facilities. We firmly believe that there is no point in filling Ratoath places with children from 20 miles away and then the following year bringing Ratoath children 20 miles away because their places are filled.

"The plan should be to facilitate children in attending school in their own area along with their siblings and it is the boards’ view that this aspect of inclusion is equally important."

Ms Wallace said classrooms had been opened with local children and said they also have extensive interest from parents in the Ratoath community for 2024 and expect to be offering places for next year in early January in line with their admissions policy.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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River of ribbons or river of budgetary waste? It seems those in many special educations schools and programs do not need those things. These children and teens are either so mildly "disabled" that it is unfair to those in more serious need that that very mildly disabled person took their spot, or the disabled person are so extremely disabled the learning capacity is almost nonexistent. Ireland is part of the wealth Anglosphere where parents love seeing their child as a fragile entity and love diagnosis of some kind.


This is what happens when you put your faith in government....

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