Education

We believe that children and young people with an intellectual disability should have the same opportunities, to go to their local school, to learn, to play and to take part.

Support with Education

Children and young people with an intellectual disability are entitled to support with their education.


  • First Steps – Contacting your local schools and local SENO.
  • During the Summer - The July Education Programme
  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP)

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The Right to Education

“States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to education. With a view to realizing this right without discrimination and based on equal opportunity, States Parties shall ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning… “Article 24 – United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


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Inclusive Education

“Regular schools with an inclusive orientation are the most effective means of combating discrimination, creating welcoming communities, building an inclusive society and achieving education for all”


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Exclusion from School

Children with an intellectual disability or autism are much more likely to be excluded from school than their classmates. Children with disability also experience greater difficulty finding a school place and enrolling in school.


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Seclusion and Restraint

Parents told Inclusion Ireland that their children had been restrained and secluded in Irish schools. A discussion document, ‘Shining a Light on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools in Ireland’, was produced in 2018 to share the stories of fourteen children with a disability, some as young as five years old. Inclusion Ireland and parents of children with a disability called on the Minister for Education and Skills, to act urgently to regulate and reduce the practices of restraining and secluding children with disabilities in our schools. Read our report


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Making a Complaint or an Appeal

  • Making a Complaint or an Appeal
  • Appealing a Decision

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Contact Us

If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact Inclusion Ireland directly.


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