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HSE ordered to stop removing specialists from special schools

Apr 8, 2021 17:04 By News Northern Sound
HSE ordered to stop removing specialists from special schools HSE ordered to stop removing specialists from special schools
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Junior Disability Minister has ordered the rollout of a new programme should be paused.

The Junior Minister for Disability has ordered the HSE to stop removing specialists from special schools.

It's after some schools were informed they were to lose their on-site provisions, such as speech and language therapy.

Triona Fitzgearld, Principal of St Columbas National School with facility for deaf children in Cork is among those who say the roll out of the HSE's Progressing Disability Services programme was resulting in their onsite speech and language therapist being removed.

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The on site therapist knows sign language and can update teachers on what each student is working on.

But the new programme means children would no longer receive therapy hand in hand with their education and would have to attend appointments in the community.

Junior Disability Minister Anne Rabbitte has now ordered the programme roll out to be paused.

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The Department of Health and HSE will now work together to find a way to roll out the programme without redeploying specialists out of special schools.

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