A qualitative study of how well young people with disabilities are prepared for life after school

June 2017

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. asked the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to lead a comprehensive review of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) scheme in consultation with other relevant Departments and State Agencies, including the National Disability Authority (NDA). NDA contributed to this review by undertaking a stand-alone piece of research of a qualitative study of how well young people with disabilities are prepared for life after school. This entailed ascertaining the views of young people, trainers, employers, etc. – in further education/training/work sectors- on how prepared they believe students with disabilities are for life after school.

It also captures the views and experiences of school personnel (principals, teachers, students, SNAs, parents etc) on the perceived benefits and drawbacks of the SNA scheme in preparing these students for the next stage of life after school. 

This report informed the comprehensive review of the SNA scheme conducted by NCSE and who published their recommendations and report to the Minister for Education and Skills on 30 May 2018.

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