Monday, April 29, 2013

New Consultative Forum on special education to be appointed

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has highlighted the fact that appointments are being made to the Consultative Forum for the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Deputy Doherty is encouraging interested stakeholders to make nominations and express their views to the NCSE. 

“The NCSE plays a very important role in the delivery of special education services. It is beginning the process of appointing a new Consultative Forum, which feeds into decisions made by the Council. 

“The Forum facilitates consultation with interest groups in the special education sector, and in effect allows for discussion and differing views to be expressed. This all feeds into the formation of national policy on special education. 

“The provision of special education can be a fraught and complicated issue at times because many parents feel they have to fight to get the care and attention their child may need. It is very important that we have both the NCSE and the Consultative Forum, so parents and educators can contribute to special education policy development. 

“Nominations for the Forum are open until May 13th and I would encourage anyone with a specific interest in special education to make their views known. The Forum meets up to four times a year in Trim, Co. Meath. 

“The NSCE strives to ensure the Consultative Forum includes a diverse spread of members, to ensure all of the various disabilities are represented. It also aims to include young people with special educational needs, or their representatives, to ensure their voices are heard.” 

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