PARENTS APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AS FEARS GROW OVER CLOSURE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PRE-SCHOOL

first_imgGOVERNMENT plans to force children at a special needs nursery into the mainstream system should be resisted to prevent the loss of services, a mother has urged.Gina Grant’s son Francis attends the Ballaghderg pre-school in Letterkenny.She is among a number of parents who will attend a meeting in the town this evening aimed at halting the plans by the HSE. The Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC) has organised a public meeting for at 7.30pm this evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.“The parents of severe-needs children need support, they need help,” said Ms Grant.“Once these services are gone, they’re gone forever and we can’t allow that to happen.”DCCC held a public consultation last month, asking parents and service providers for their opinion on supports and policies that would be needed if students with special needs were integrated into mainstream preschools. But after the parents of children with complex medical needs addressed the meeting, a number of parents and service providers said they believed the plan was unworkable.Gina Grant says many local politicians are backing their campaign.“I never thought I’d need help like this and I did. It could be someone else in the future and parents and people need to come out and support Ballaghderg,” she said. PARENTS APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AS FEARS GROW OVER CLOSURE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PRE-SCHOOL was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PARENTS APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AS FEARS GROW OVER CLOSURE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PRE-SCHOOLlast_img

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