Education and Disability

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Every child with a disability deserves the right to reach their full potential. The policy framework for children with disabilities and special education needs is set out in the Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act 2004. This sets out the aim that every child with special needs should be educated in an inclusive environment where possible and appropriate.

The National Disability Authority has a remit to provide information and advice on the co-ordination of services for people with disabilities. Our work in relation to education focuses in particular on the interface between education and other policy areas, and is informed by research and consultation. We work closely with the National Council for Special Education  which has a statutory role to undertake research and provide policy advice on education matters.

The NDA’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has a statutory role to work with education providers around provision of education and curriculum in Universal Design in appropriate professional courses.