- The EDUCATION FOR PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES BILL (RoI)
published 16th July 2003 aims to give detailed provision in law so that the
educational needs of persons with disabilities can be met. The legislation
is intended to ensure that these children will be able 'to leave school with the
skills necessary to live independent and fulfilled lives.'
The main aims of
the Bill are:
- Parents to have a central role in all,
important decisions concerning the education of their children.
- Integrated, inclusive education to be the
general approach to the education of children with special needs
- Assessment of a child to be provided up to the
age of 18; assessments to take a whole-child, holistic approach.
- A child with an assessed educational disability
is to have a detailed and goals driven individual education plan, which is to
be regularly reviewed.
- health boards, in the case of a pre-school
child, and the National Council for Special Education in the case of a
school-going child, to have a duty in law to provide the services identified
in an assessment or an education plan which are necessary for the child to
access and benefit from education.
- The National Council for Special Education is
to be established as the agency with primary responsibility to implement the
legislation and with a membership drawn from a range of interests with a
special interest in or knowledge of the education of children with
disabilities, including people with disabilities.
- The Council will have the power to designate a
school or centre for education which a child with special educational needs is
- An accessible and efficient appeals system is
to be established.
- The appeals process will not restrict any right
a parent has to seek redress in the courts if the provisions of the Bill are
- A statutory duty is imposed on the relevant
Ministers to make resources available to schools for the provision of adequate
and appropriate education to children with special educational needs, with
policy making in this respect based on key principles relating to respect for
constitutional rights and equitable treatment of all children in resource
- The policies and operations of the various
agencies engaged in delivering education related services are to be
coordinated and consistent.
National Disability Association
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