NCSE report on Supporting Students with Autism in schools published today

Date: Jul 15, 2016

NCSE has just published their policy advice – Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools.  In this report, the NCSE determined seven principles to inform this policy advice and it contains 11 key recommendations.
In publishing this advice, the NCSE commissioned two independent research studies to ensure this advice was evidence based. One study evaluated current educational provision for students with ASD in Irish Schools and the other study reviewed international literature and practice.
The NCSE also consulted widely with all stakeholders including NABMSE. They invited parents, teachers, principals and and other experts to speak to the Council and also visited schools that enrolled students with ASD and spoke to parents, students and teachers about their experiences.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has welcomed the publication of the NCSE’s Policy Advice on Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Schools.
The Minister said “The Programme for a Partnership Government recognises that Education is the key to giving every child an equal opportunity in life. It contains a commitment to examine the adequacy of current special education access and funding provision. This report is a significant step towards fulfilling this commitment”.
He continued ‘This is the first major report focused on the education of students with autism in almost 14 years. It was timely and necessary to take account of national and international developments and best practice which has arisen in the intervening period. Also, to take account of what is working well in our system and what needs to be improved.’
There were three reports and a guide for parents/guardians and students published today.
To download the Parents guide, please click here
To download the full policy advice, please click here
To download the two research studies commissioned to support the development of the policy advice:
Click here for– Educating Persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder – A Systematic Literature Review
Click here for– An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland