Allocation of resources for ‘July Provision’ would be a fitting way to mark World Down Syndrome Day in Ireland – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
World Down Syndrome Day takes place today March 21st and aims to raise awareness for all of Persons with Down Syndrome around the world, their rights and needs and special place amongst us.
Deputy Ó Caoláin, who is his party’s Spokesperson on Disability Rights, has expressed warmest good wishes to the Down Syndrome Community in Ireland, and worldwide, on this very special day for them and for their families.
The Cavan-Monaghan Deputy stated;
“I believe in marking this very special day. However, it should be about much more than awareness raising.
“I have been engaging with Down Syndrome Ireland over a long number of years concerning additional resources and services for Person’s with Down Syndrome.
“Just a matter of weeks ago Down Syndrome Ireland presented in Leinster House on their ‘Please Don’t Leave Us Behind’ campaign which asks for assurance of full inclusion in our nation’s classrooms for children with Down Syndrome.
“Delivering on this ask would include the allocation of the July Provision and the recognition of the importance of Individual Education Plans for children with Down Syndrome.
“The July Provision is an extended school year based on an extra month’s education during school going years and Individual Education Plans are vital to ensuring a positive learning environment for students with Down Syndrome.
“What more fitting tribute could we provide in marking World Down Syndrome Day than coming good and delivering on the asks of Down Syndrome Ireland’s ‘Please Don’t Leave Us Behind’ campaign.
“I call on Minister Finian Mc Grath and Minister Joe Mc Hugh to identify the necessary resources within their respective Departments and make education fully inclusive for our children with Down Syndrome”, appealed Deputy Ó Caoláin, whose adult brother Dermot has Down Syndrome."