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‘Investment required in special education needs’ – Boyle

18 January, 2018 - by Michaela Boyle

Investment is required in Special Education Needs provision to ensure all children with learning disabilities are provided with the correct support, Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said.

The West Tyrone MLA was speaking as she opened a seminar hosted by Mencap in Stormont today focusing on the importance of early intervention for children with learning disabilities.

The Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s all-party group on Learning Disability commented: “It is essential that children with learning disability, like all young children, are provided with timely and appropriate early intervention, support and protection to ensure they have the best possible life chances.  In achieving this it is essential that there is continued investment in Special Educational Needs Provision.  In constituencies across the north there are reports that children are not accessing necessary support, or being processed through the appropriate procedures, due to cuts to the education budget.  This is completely unacceptable.  Vulnerable children and families are paying the price for Tory/DUP austerity.”

Michaela Boyle continued: “It is Sinn Féin’s position that it is completely unacceptable that the Education Authority is targeting cuts towards children with special educational requirements, who are most in need access to essential services.

“Sinn Féin have consistently made the case to both the Department and the Education Authority that funding for special educational needs should be protected.

“It is imperative that the Department and the Authority act in the interests of children.”

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