Thu, 01 Jan 2004

Submission on Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs

Coupled with the Disability Bill, this will be one of the most important pieces of legislation affecting people with disabilities in Ireland. The act was originally published as the Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill in mid-2003 and IWA presented a submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science on September 25th, 2003. IWA was one of over 20 organisations to contribute. For more information on the Joint Committee, click here or download submission.

IWA complements the then Minister for Education, Mr Noel Dempsey TD, for his stewardship of this Act. The difference between the Bill as originally published and the final Act of Parliament was significant, taking on board many of the amendments suggested by both the disability sector and opposition parties.

If you want to know how this Act may affect you, or people with disabilities in general, a recent article, published in RELATE, gave an excellent overview of the provisions of the Act. RELATE is the magazine of Comhairle and is available through their web site,

If you have any interest in this area as, for example, a parent, teacher, or advocate, this article is well worth the read. If you can't find the article on the website, contact Comhairle directly on 01 6059000.