Victoria White’s column, ‘Happy 18th Tom, the State has just blown out candles on your fairytale’ (Irish Examiner, August 1), on education for children/young adults with no short measure of sympathy and understanding was pertinent to me. I am a pensioner and the proud grandfather of a gorgeous little boy with special needs. This is part of my story.
As a parent of a “high functioning” and indeed, highly intelligent, teenager with autism (and dyspraxia) who is seemingly quite functional some of the time (depending on the day and the circumstances), I find the article by Victoria White both personally offensive and irresponsible to have published at all ‘High functioning idealism is of no benefit to disturbed autistic children’ (Irish Examiner, February 28).
The new public pay deal will buy the Government another three years of industrial peace. But the pacification of around 300,000 workers in the public sector has come at a cost, and a rather hefty one at that, says .
HAVING been a parent of a child with severe learning disabilities through the 1980s, it was deeply depressing recently to witness similar scenes 20 years on with parents again taking to the streets to advocate on behalf of their children for essential services.