There are two programmes which facilitate access to and participation in 3rd-level education by young people with disabilities and special needs.
Childcare & Education
Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports for children with special needs to facilitate attendance in mainstream Early Years pre-school services. The 7 levels of supports range progressively from the universal, fostering an inclusive environment, to targeted supports, e.g., access to therapy services, additional assistance in the pre-school room.
Target Group: Children with Special Needs eligible for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme
ASD Special Classes cater for the needs of children with Autism who are of school going age and are attached to mainstream and special schools.
The pupil-teacher ratio in these classes is 6:1 and pupils are further supported by a minimum of two Special Needs Assistants per class.
There are 10 pre-school classes in 6 Primary Schools, 57 classes in 32 Primary Schools, and 33 classes in 15 Secondary Schools, mainly TETB, around the county as follows:
Early Years Childcare services are listed below under two categories: Community Childcare and Private Childcare services.
Community Childcare Services are pre-schools developed and operated by a voluntary management committee of parents and/or members of the community. Private Childcare Services are pre-schools run by individual operators as private business enterprises.
The HSE Disabilities Occupational Guidance Service provides information, advice, support and direction to people with a disability who wish to access rehabilitative training and sheltered services.
The services offered include:
Brothers of Charity
‘Lus na Gréine’ is a child development centre and registered preschool for children with disability, aged 2.5 - 5 years, resident in the South Tipperary Community Care area.
Target group: Children aged 2.5 - 5 years, from Clonmel and environs, with the following;
The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) works in both primary and post-primary schools and is concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. The NEPS Psychologists work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. They offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students through consultation and assessment, special projects and research.
North Tipperary Children's Services
St. Conlon’s Road
North Tipperary Early Intervention and School Age Teams provide specialist therapeutic assessment and intervention to children of two age groups, respectively, with complex disabilities and/or developmental delay. The services are delivered by multi-disciplinary teams, on a partnership basis between HSE Disabilities service and Enable Ireland. The Early Intervention Team caters for children, aged 0 – 5 years, the School Age Team for the age group, 6 – 17/18 years.
Post Primary Schools in Co. Tipperary
Presentation Secondary School
Tel (052) 9154104
Borrisokane Community College (TETB)
Scoil Aonghusa Special School
Scoil Aonghusa is a co-educational special school catering for students with Moderate GLD (General Learning Disability), Severe/profound GLD and students on the autistic spectrum aged 3-18 years. The school has the provision of an ASD pre-school for children aged 3-5 years with a confirmed diagnosis of autism.
Scoil Chormaic provides an educational service to students with specific educational needs, intellectual disability and/or Autism. The curriculum caters for children at pre-school and primary level and students at post primary level.
Special Educational Needs resources constitute a range of educational supports for children with special needs in mainstream Primary & Post Primary School settings. Such resources can include access to a Special Education Teacher, a Special Needs Assistant, and assistive technology.
Sean Ross Abbey
St. Anne’s Special School, Roscrea, provides a service to children with a moderate, severe or profound general learning disability, or with autism and a moderate general learning disability.
St. Anne’s School provides quality Individual Education Plans relevant to the needs and abilities of each unique pupil. St. Anne’s School provides quality transition programmes into Adult Services and is registered to offer programmes leading to F.E.T.A.C. Level 3 Awards.
Life and Leisure skills developed include:
Brothers of Charity c./o. Excel Centre
‘Tús Maith’ is a child development centre and registered preschool for children with disability, aged 2.5 - 5 years resident in the South Tipperary Community Care area.
Target group: Children aged 2.5 - 5 years, from Tipperary town and environs, with the following;
The Visiting Teachers for Children and Young People who are hard of hearing are qualified teachers with particular skills and knowledge of the development and education of children with varying degrees of hearing loss. They offer longitudinal support to children, their families and schools from the time of referral through to the end of post-primary education. For children, aged 0 – 5 years, the service provides advice and support to parents at home.
Visiting Teacher for Children and Young People who are Visually Impaired are qualified teachers with particular skills and knowledge of the development and education of children with varying degrees of visual impairment. They offer longitudinal support to children, their families and schools from the time of referral through to the end of post-primary education. For children, aged 0 – 5 years, the service provides advice and support to parents at home.