Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, said on Tuesday evening that he is delighted to learn that Abbey Community College in Boyle is to benefit from a new Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit as part of a wider announcement from the Department of Education and Skills of 38 new units to be delivered nationally.
“It is great news that Abbey Community College is to receive a new class which will be attached to the mainstream primary school and which will advance the educational needs of children with autism in the area.
“ASD units facilitate the education of children with severe autism while striving to integrate them into the wider school community. This announcement clearly demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting the children of Boyle, and all children, with special educational needs.
“Despite a moratorium on filling posts in the wider public sector, the Government is continuing to fill Special Needs Assistant posts, as well as Resource and Learning Support teachers. I am delighted that the children of Boyle are set to benefit from this announcement and look forward to the opening of the new unit.”
Roscommon-based Senator John Kelly has welcomed the inclusion of Abbey CC Boyle in the Minister for Education and Skills plans for new ASD units in various schools.
Senator Kelly said it was important that these classes, which facilitate the education of children with severe autism, are part of the mainstream schooling system, thereby aiding their integration into the wider school community.