School supports and resource-teaching allocations raise the question of how much support a child actually needs in a classroom, or in a school. Has anyone asked if certain children need help, and if so – when exactly, just how much help, and at what stage of schooling? The Sound Advice team knows of SNA requests for
On July 13th 2011, a public protest took place outside Leinster House, on Kildare Street in Dublin. Public opposition was shown to government proposals to cap the number of special-needs assistants (SNAs) in the education system for the 2011-12 school year, amid moves to reduce the number of SNAs in the education system by 200
Ann Heelan, executive director of AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability), recently had an excellent piece in The Irish Times. A key point in the article states: ” Children with disabilities can learn as much as other children when given the right tools and the right learning environment. Technology can make a significant
When I’m asked this question, it’s tempting to reply, “what’s it like to be hearing?” – but that doesn’t achieve much! This simulator is brilliant for explaining how deaf people are challenged every day, and why background noise irritates hearing-device wearers. Simulators for autism, dyslexia and sight issues are also included on this site, which was
A French film, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (2007), captivated recent audiences at the Irish Film Institute and was retained for a second run. It’s a biopic about 43-year-old Jean-Dominique Baudy, one-time editor of French Elle, who suffers a massive stroke in his sports car on a country road. He’s left with what’s called
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