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first_imgWorks are under way at Niall Mór National School, Killybegs, to improve facilities for children with autism.Work gets underway on the new autism unit at Niall Mor NS.Following the allocation of a grant by the Department of Education and Skills, a new building is under construction and should be completed and ready to move into in September this year.It will replace a leased pre-fabricated structure which has been in use by the class for children with autism for the past five years. This will be a multi-room unit which will include a general classroom, a “snoezelen”, in which the children can experience a multi-sensory environment, toilets, a shower unit and kitchen facilities in which the children can train in practical life skills.And parents who feel their children could benefit by attending there are reminded that now is the time to begin the process of application.Headmaster, Michael McGuinness said “The Niall Mór has a long history of serving children with special needs; the first special needs class was established in 1980. At the moment we have a class for children with autism, two classes for children with speech and language difficulties and a class for children with mild/moderate general learning difficulties. The classes cater for children from all over Donegal South West with pupils from as far away as Bundoran, Glenties and Glencolmcille.“What applies to all these classes is that applications for enrolment have to be accompanied by a psychological or medical report recommending that it is an appropriate placement for the child,” he added. And he cautioned: “Generally, that takes a bit of time so its as well to begin the process early” With that in mind, an open day has been arranged at Niall Mór N.S. on Friday, March 8th, between 10am and 2pm, during which parents, teachers, carers or anyone else with an interest, can visit the school, look over the facilities and speak to teachers, special needs assistants and Mr. McGuinness.The two classes for children with speech and language difficulties each cater for a maximum of seven children.“The great advantage of this, apart from the small numbers, is that we have a HSE speech and language therapist in-house for two days a week”, Mr McGuinness said. “Generally”, he explained, “the children in these classes come for a period of up to two years of intensive therapy, following which they return to their local mainstream classes.”The class for children with mild/moderate general learning difficulties caters for children whose needs are not being met in the general, mainstream situation.The dedicated facilities for children with special needs are integrated with the other classes at the Niall Mór in a safe and happy atmosphere. In total, there are 185 pupils on the rolls, looked after by a staff of 23, including 14 teachers, 7 special needs assistants and one speech and language therapist. More information about the open day and the school in general can be got by telephoning 074 9731794, by visiting the website, www.niallmor.ie or emailing office@niallmor.com. Apart from the open day on Friday, March 8th, visits can be arranged by appointment.WORK STARTS ON NEW AUTISM UNIT AT KILLYBEGS SCHOOL was last modified: February 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:autism unitKillybegsNiall Mor NSlast_img read more

first_imgThe J&K’s political parties on Monday called for “simultaneous and early” Assembly and Parliament elections, as the full team of Election Commission of India (ECI) arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to hold deliberations and assess the ground situation.The ECI team, comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa, met at least 11 political parties and individuals in Srinagar. It also held discussions with senior officers of the police and the administration “to get a first-hand information on the ground situation” of the State, which witnessed several cycles of both street and militancy-related violence since 2014.“Elections are soon going to be held to uphold the principles of democracy. The ECI desires that the elections should be the most inclusive with absolute neutrality by people involved in organising them” CEC Arora said.The ECI team met the representatives of National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, BJP, CPI (M), Peoples Conference (PC), People Democratic Front (PDF), Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) etc. in Srinagar and sought their inputs.“Situation in Kashmir is fragile. An elected government is the only way out to bring normalcy. The ECI should not wait to announce dates for holding both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together,” said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.PDP leader A. R. Veeri also told the ECI that “prevailing alienation and unpredictable situation can only be handled by an elected government and both the elections should be held simultaneously”. Seconding the demand to hold both the elections together, Congress leader Taj Mohiudin said, “Security agencies should create a conducive atmosphere for polls”. AIP chief Engineer Rashid early these elections were important to allow the local government “to deal with the issues of Article 35A and Article 370”. CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami pointed out that “in absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the State is was deepening day-by-day”. “There is no justification to delay elections in J&K, neither political nor constitutional. The elections dates for both Parliament and Assembly should be announced soon,” said Mr. Tarigami. DPN chief Ghulam Hassan Mir said holding early elections would be a test “whether the ECI was an independent body or was influenced by the Centre”. The BJP said it’s also ready to face the elections. “We expressed our readiness to contest the elections as and when ECI desired it,” said BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur.Meanwhile, the ECI team reviewed “preparedness of various departments of civil and police administration”, besides transportation of EVMs and polling material. The ECI team will visit Jammu on Tuesday and meet political parties there before it leaves for New Delhi to take a final call.J&K first came under the Governor’s rule on June 19, 2018 and under President’s rule on December 19, 2018. The state is without an elected government for around 10 months and the President’s rule will complete its six months in June this year.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police have released more details, including a composite drawing of a suspect, in the disappearance of a Manitoba woman two years ago.Thelma Krull, 57, left her Winnipeg home to go for a walk on the morning of July 11, 2015. Her glasses and cellphone were found in a park, but Krull hasn’t been seen since.Sgt. Wes Rommel of the Winnipeg police homicide unit says it’s believed she was abducted that morning after she got to Civic Park.“We believe … she was involved in a physical altercation with a male and was forcibly removed from the area,” Rommel said at a news conference Thursday.“Shortly after the initial encounter, Thelma was observed with this male … and she appeared to be in distress,” he said.“That is based on some evidence at the scene and is based significantly on … what we believe to be a credible sighting of Thelma with this male.”Rommel said investigators believe the man had access to a home in the Civic Park neighbourhood and may have been living there or staying temporarily.There is nothing to suggest the two may have gone far, he said. There have been no reports of their being seen together other than the one sighting by a witness, who first came forward a year ago.“Our team scoured that area. They went over every inch of outdoor, exterior wooded area (and) community area,” Rommel said.“I don’t think it’s possible that they walked a mile or a long distance. It’s reasonable to believe, based on the information that we have and the lack of reports that we have received, that there was a location very close by.”The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his 40s, between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight and weighing about 270 pounds. He had dark hair in a bowl cut or was possibly wearing a dark-coloured skull cap or beanie on his head.Anyone who can recall seeing the man or knows of someone fitting his description living in the area at the time is asked to contact police.Krull’s family has been co-operative throughout the investigation. Her daughter appeared at a new conference on the first anniversary of her mother’s disappearance asking for the public to come forward with any tips so the family could have closure.Asked on Thursday if Krull is still alive, Rommel said that was a difficult question to answer.“It doesn’t look good but, at the same time, I am not here to remove anybody’s hope.”last_img read more