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''Our concerns were not listened to by the HSE''

Here on the Hard Shoulder, we’ve been campaigning for the rights of children with special needs...

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17.08 23 Sep 2021


''Our concerns were not listened to by the HSE''


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17.08 23 Sep 2021


Here on the Hard Shoulder, we’ve been campaigning for the rights of children with special needs, and in particular those who need Speech and Language therapy. 

Waiting lists for early assessments - let alone therapy - are outrageously long, so we’re trying to Give them a Voice. 

A new system called Progressing Disability Services sets out to standardise and regionalise the services offered by the HSE for children with disabilities. This would mean that the therapists would be grouped together in teams, and then sent out to the various clinics and schools who need them. 

You might remember that Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, came on this show in April and said she had put a stop to on-site therapists from being removed from special schools. 

Well it seems that hasn’t been upheld in some circumstances. 

Andrew Murnaghan, whose daughter attends Carmona Special School in south Dublin and Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration joined Kieran on the Hard Shoulder to discuss...

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