Whitmore calls for Autism Class in new Greystones Secondary School

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Social Democrats Spokesperson for Children, Cllr Jennifer Whitmore has called for the inclusion of a post-primary Autism class in the new secondly school planned for Charlesland. 

Speaking on the issue Whitmore says “While some children with autism can be catered in mainstream classes there are many who will need extra supports to carry out their post-primary education. Unfortunately, it still stands that secondary school places for children with Autism are at desperately low levels in the county with currently only 10 in existence. 

“The nearest special classes are in Colaiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole and North Wicklow Educate Together in Bray and yet both are at max capacity and do not cater to children who want to learn closer to home. 

“There is a definite need for such provision in Greystones. Just the other day I was speaking to a constituent who has autism and who is hoping the new secondary school at Charlesland will include a Special Class for Autism so that he can attend school nearby. 

We need to ensure that the right educational supports are put in place for children with learning disabilities

“With many more families moving to Greystones following new housing developments demand will continue to rise. We need to ensure that the right educational supports are put in place for children with learning disabilities so that they can learn within their own communities.  

“As Social Democrats Spokesperson for Children I believe it’s vitally important that any gaps in education provision are addressed with adequate funding and staffing to ensure that no child is disadvantaged due to their level of abilities. 

I am delighted to see the development of the new secondary school in Greystones coming along and hope it will cater to children and their educational needs regardless of ability once the school opens in 2021” concludes Whitmore. 

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