Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 17 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Education Schemes.

  486. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science if children attending ABA pilot projects are guaranteed educational provision up to the age of 18 within these pilot projects; if these projects are granted permanent status; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29224/04]

  Ms Hanafin: My Department intends to take a measured approach to considering the future status of the ABA facilities referred to by the Deputy. The pilot status of these projects will be considered in the context of reports by the inspectorate on autism specific provisions and any issues arising therefrom will be raised directly with the relevant school management.

Regardless of what decision is taken on the long-term future of these facilities, provision will be made for the children attending them to continue to receive an appropriate education up to the age of 18.