Irish Mirror Education for Autistic Children Awards: Education for All Our Kids Must Be the Aim
Byline: MICHAEL CREED TD, Fine Gael spokesman on Education & Youth Affairs
EVERY day we come across terms such as autism, learning disability, attention deficit disorder and Asperger's Syndrome, but few of us appreciate the true meaning of these terms.
As the stories in the Irish Mirror this week have highlighted, we need to realise that we are talking about children and the parents of such children.
Autism is a very complex condition. It appears to affect two children out of every thousand and is more common in boys.
The majority have a learning or intellectual disability.
Children with autism display a range of difficulties in various aspects of functioning.
They have difficulty socialising or relating with others. They tend to like to be on their own.
Often, children with autism have difficulty with communication and language.
As a TD I have met many parents of children with autism and no two appear to have the same symptoms.
The type of difficulties they have can range from mild to severe.
Article 42 of the Constitution states that all children have a right to an education. …