Government admits 11-year-old special needs legislation never enacted

11 years ago, the Epsen Act (Education for Persons with Special Education Needs) was created to deal with policy, the setting-up of a special education review council and other structural elements, all of which were implemented, but vital sections were ignored. These covered the educational assessment for all children with special educational needs, the development of a statutory individual education plan and the delivery of detailed education services.

Micheal Martin TD commented that the current HSE model does not work and does not meet the needs of Ireland’s special needs children. We are vastly under-resourced he claimed when it comes to physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

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