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Cavan councillor says children have a 'right' to attend local schools

Jul 12, 2022 18:07 By News Northern Sound
Cavan councillor says children have a 'right' to attend local schools Cavan councillor says children have a 'right' to attend local schools
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While Councillor Brendan Fay says the problem is nation wide, he believes the children of West Cavan are "forgotten."

A Belturbet councillor says children with special educational needs deserve the right to go to school "in their own community."

Councillor Brendan Fay raised his concerns as to why some local schools have been "overlooked" for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classes at yesterday's Cavan County Council meeting.

He also revealed that local are children being "bused out" of their own communities to other areas, even after years of requests to the Special Educational Needs Organisers (SEO) which according to Councillor Fay, "seem to be declined."

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Speaking to Northern Sound, Councillor Fay says many children with special needs in West Cavan are either sitting in a mainstream class or "bused off" elsewhere, when important facilities like ASD classes "should be available to them" within their local school community.

He added that early intervention is key to a young child and that specialised forms of learning need to be available throughout every school in Cavan:

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