Dáil Éireann - Volume 573 - 23 October, 2003
Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.
Ms O. Mitchell Ms O. Mitchell
106. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the exclusion and segregation from educational rights entitlement still operates for children with severe autism on Dublin's south side largely due to the absence of a special unit to cater for their special needs; his views on whether it is appropriate that children with severe autism should solely on that basis be refused educational services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24634/03]
Mr. N. Dempsey Mr. N. Dempsey
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Responsibility for the provision of services to children with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region rests  with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Therefore, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the authority to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply to him directly.
Dáil Éireann 573 Written Answers. Special Educational Needs.