Inclusion Ireland News

by Cormac Cahill



Following on from the success of Inclusion Ireland’s training calendar earlier in the year, we will be launching an Autumn/Winter calendar from September to January. Popular topics such as Making a Will, Decision Making, Finances, HIQA Standards, Advocacy and Sexual Relationships will be included. We will also beginning Media Training for people interested in this area. As with all of Inclusion Ireland’s training, members enjoy preferential rates and first option to book over members of the public. The training will be taking place across Ireland and more information will be posted on and via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Inclusion Ireland is available to arrange training to groups on a range of topics relating to Intellectual Disability, please contact Sarah Lennon at or (01) 855 9891 for more information.

Changes in education

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) recently published policy advice on how resource teaching hours are allocated in schools. This advice, if implemented, will affect every child with an intellectual disability and/or autism—in mainstream schools only. The NCSE has proposed a model based mainly on the learning needs of the children in the school and the social context of the school.

If implemented as policy, this advice will see a huge shift in how resource teaching hours are allocated. Currently, certain disability types get a set amount of resource hours. Schools also get a certain amount of resource teaching hours based upon the number of pupils or teaching staff.

The Department of Education are now consulting further before implementing this as policy. For example, they must establish how the learning needs of a child are to be assessed.

Having taken the views of members, Inclusion Ireland has made a formal submission, to ensure their voice is heard in this process.

Cormac Cahill,
Communications & Information Officer
(01) 8559891 / 086-837 3394

Inclusion Ireland
Unit C2, The Steelworks,
Foley Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 8559891
Fax: (01) 8559904
Twitter: @InclusionIre


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