Autism is a subject close to my heart as I have a close relative with Asperger’s Syndrome. Ashleigh Wallace had an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Corrie star Keith’s autism education plea highlighting the need for better educational facilities for autistic children in Northern Ireland.

Keith is Patron of SPEAC, Special Provision for Education for Autistic Children – a local charity , and was helping with fund-raising. Publicity and support for SPEAC is always welcome, but it’s worth pointing out the article was a little misleading.
“I realised there was a massive problem in Northern Ireland, yet there was no ABA facility here and there was no-one educating these parents about ABA.

Since 2001 Dr Mickey Keenan of the University of Ulster and the charity PEAT have been associated with parent training at Kilrea’s pre-school group based at STARS at Kilrea Health Centre*. PEAT have been offering training to parents across Northern Ireland for some seven years and I can recommend this book Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists, edited by Edited by Mickey Keenan, Ken P. Kerr and Karola Dillenburger.

STARS – 028 295 42345, project leader Lesley Dickson.

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    Imagine – labelling children as a “drain on resources”.

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    Exclusive By Richard Sherriff
    Tuesday 15th February 2005
    Angry parents of autistic children are set for a showdown in a bid to win the education they say their kids deserve.
    Up to seven families are seeking judicial reviews that might force education boards to fund special programmes that can dramatically benefit their children.
    Today, Jo and Brian Nolan hope to reverse a funding refusal by the South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) which they say is preventing their son Johnny reaching his potential.
    They say the £25,000 a year programme they want is vital for him to develop and will save money in the long term.
    Children with special education needs have been highlighted as a significant drain on board resources.
    Jo said: “The long-term benefits in terms of the child’s quality of life and the progress they are likely to make later means they’re going to cost the Government less.”