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Call for moratorium on changes to ABA schools

22 July, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Pearse Doherty has called for a moratorium on the far-reaching changes to education for children with autism being imposed by the Department of Education.

Calling for full support for ABA education, he said:

“At the start of July schools for children with autism were presented with what amounts to an ultimatum from the Department of Education - either accept the Department's proposed structure for delivering education for children with autism or lose the opportunity to be fully recognised and funded.

“The Department's proposals are highly controversial and many parents and teachers believe it will downgrade the use of ABA, a successful one-to-one teaching method which can make a huge difference in the lives of children and families.

“Some schools have accepted the Department's proposals and others have not. All existing ABA schools should be recognised and there should be a moratorium on the Department's proposals pending wider consultation and full assessment of all ABA schools.” ENDS

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