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20 Aug 2022

New campaign for autism units in Carlow schools to hold public meeting in May

Currently only one school in the town is providing these classes

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A public meeting will take place next Monday

A campaign focusing on the lack of special classes for children with autism, or ASD units as they're commonly known, in Carlow Town has been launched.

Currently only one school in the town is providing these classes. Children from the town have to leave their local area and travel in order to get an education. 
  
Campaigner Stephanie Hogan from Open Your Doors – ASD Inclusion , who is the mother of  child with autism said "it's not good enough that in 2019 parents are struggling everyday to get their children educated within an appropriate setting that meets their needs.

Also children are leaving their local communities to get access to classes. Children with autism should have the same rights as any other child when seeking a school place within their own community."

A public meeting will take place on Monday, May 13, at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Parish Centre. Ms Hogan is encouraging parents to attend this meeting as its vital to get your voices heard.

Ms Hogan will be joined by Linda Comerford from the campaign group Enough is Enough- Every Voice Counts who have been very vocal on the lack of support and services for children with special needs.

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