‘Special educational need provision must not stop at 18′ – Boylan

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said that the inquiry by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Committee must look at current provision for people with special educational needs on exiting full time education.

The Assembly Member for Newry Armagh stated, “This inquiry has come about following the launch of the “Delivering Social Change’’ consultation by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister which is focusing on the future of our young people and I would also encourage all interested groups, bodies and individuals to participate meaningfully in this process.

“It is important that we provide for the educational, training and employment needs for people with learning disabilities after they leave school. In many cases families are reporting that when someone with learning difficulties finishes school they have very restricted options for the future.

“Many feel that their loved ones could go on to meaningful employment or training but never get the chance. This inquiry will look at providing a pathway for people with learning disabilities to contribute in a positive way to society.”

Boylan is encouraging widespread participation in this inquiry. “I call on our local centres, the Appleby Social Education Centre, Lisanally Special School and others to engage in the inquiry to ensure that the Newry/Armagh area has an input into shaping the future provision of services for people with special needs.

He added, “I also urge family members and other service providers to participate in the inquiry by making submissions by email to cel@niassembly.gov.uk”

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