Féach is a Support Group for Parents of Blind and visually impaired Children

Enough is Enough

Normally there are 12 VT's for 1200 blind/vi students nationwide. Currently there are 3 vacant positions due to retirements! The NCSE were aware of this situation since last year yet they had still not recruited new staff by September. We now find ourselves in a position starting a new academic year with some students having no VT service, those that do have a service are finding that it is so diluted that, a number of months into the school year and the school has not received a visit. There are students country wide without equipment, without books, without the know-how to download books, with teachers who have no idea how to support them - They are sitting in school without access to the curriculum - Are they supposed to be grateful that they have a place?
 
If your child is in this situation we are asking you to fill in a complaint form and email it to the NCSE. It is only with a paper trail that we can begin our real fight for equality in education.  Even if your child has a VT but tThe service is sporadic as the VT is too busy with a huge workload, fill in the form. If your child is not receiving enough Braille tuition fill in the form, if your child has never received their 6 week typing lesson fill in the form, if your child has not got the correct equipment, laptop, magnifier, fill in the form. If your child is getting no one on one resource classes to catch up on what they miss in class, fill in the form.
 
These are not services you should be grateful to get, these are services your child has the right to receive and needs to receive, in order to simply access the curriculum as their sighted peers do.  If they are not receiving these services they are not been treated equally. Access to education is a right.
 
I have attached a link to the NCSE complaint form.  ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Comment-and-complaint-Procedure-FINAL13.05.15.doc.pdf
These forms can feel very intimidating and hence the lack of formal complaints received by the NCSE. If enough of us fill in the complaints then we start a paper trail. We are resorting to this as we have met with the NCSE consistently over the last 5 years and the service our children receive is getting worse instead of better. 
 
If you need any assistance filling in the form please e-mail us here at feachmail@gmail.com 

 

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