Whoa! We average 60,000+ unique weekly readers!


Claire Sugden welcomes report on post Special Education Needs provision

1 Mins read

Claire Sugden MLA has welcomed the recommendations in a report on post Special Education Needs provision for those with learning disabilities.

MLA Sugden said: “I welcome the report on post Special Education Needs provision for those with learning disabilities.

This follows an inquiry by the committee for Employment and Learning which I sit on.

Young people with learning disabilities face barriers to education, employment and training once they progress past Special Education Needs provision. They often find themselves at a cliff edge when making decisions about their future, and too many are slipping through the net. This is devastating for families.

I sit on the Board of Compass Advocacy Network, an incredible organisation which advocates for those with learning disabilities. I value the input from a member of their organisation who helps me in my office every week. Her future is a big concern. I have also spoken to older parents who worry about who will look after their son or daughter in future. Right now there are limited options for next steps.

I welcome the report recommendations calling for greater Government collaboration and improved access to services. I hope the Government will consider increasing the Statement of Educational Need to 25 years of age. This would allow a longer transition period and more time to develop the skills needed to progress into further education or employment.

These are issues which must be addressed so that people with learning disabilities can fully participate in public life. I urge the Executive to include people with learning disabilities in the new Programme for Government. Their future matters.”

10841 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Related posts

Bid for Belfast to host Armed Forces Day 2022 slammed by Sinn Fein

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppA bid to bring Armed Forces Day to Belfast has been condemned by Sinn Fein. The last Armed Forces Day in Northern…

Executive statement on Coronavirus Health Regulations

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppThe Executive has today agreed changes to the Coronavirus Health Regulations to reduce the numbers who can gather indoors and outdoors, including…

Murphy allocates funds for health, childcare and free school meals

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppFinance Minister Conor Murphy today allocated over £250 million as part of the 2020-21 June monitoring round process. Announcing the funding, Minister…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *