We are all too familiar with the incredible geographical disparity in services available to people with autism across the UK; the post code lottery as we call it. The situation in Ireland and the rest of the EU is no different. All too often those in charge of education, health, and other support services have in mind their immediate financial budget and very rarely is there any foresight of the years lying ahead. Our children should not be caught in political decisions and there is no saving to be made in compromising the quality of education they deserve, irrespectively of their ability or disability. The fact is that early intensive intervention in autism offers a much better outcome than classic autism teaching. The fact is that autism requires a special intensity and a very informed and efficacious teaching approach to teach the many skills our children require to learn.
The situations we are facing in this current economic climate is getting worse by the day. Cuts in benefits are being made as well as cuts in provision.
Ireland used to be a model of excellence as far as autism intervention is concerned, from diagnosis services to good educational provisions. However, sadly, the last ABA school opened in the country has now closed. One of our parents living in Ireland is campaigning to keep this lcoal school opened and has initiated a petition. Please support this action by signing the petition and sharing with others.
THE LAST school in the State providing specialist Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) education to children with Autism has closed, despite promises from Ministers Eamon Gilmore, Ruairí Quinn and James Reilly when in opposition, that they would support ABA Education. Jack and his seven friends are now without a school, Please Please show you care for these children. If we get enough signatures, surely we can help to get this school re-opened. Thank You.