The Belfast Telegraph this evening carries a report by Deborah McAleese on a “landmark ruling against the South Eastern Education and Library Board.” This strengthens the right of children with special needs to receive appropriate provision of services, and if refused to seek redress through the courts. Autistic boy wins ‘landmark’ case.
After it was recommended that a six year old boy receive specialised schooling and as none was available in the area his parents asked for a home based package and funding was refused.
“At a judicial review yesterday, Justice Morgan ruled for the boy.
He said the decision “failed to give individualised consideration to the provision of a funded home-based ABA programme”.“
Autistic pupils can benefit greatly from specialised teaching methods, but it is important that intervention is started as early as possible.