When a Down Syndrome child is starting school, they get assessed to determine their needs and if they have a ' Mild Assessment ', (there is no scientific definition), they loose all their services and are effectively discharged from the service provider.
This is a new policy driven by the cutbacks in the HSE. Now I fully understand the need for cutbacks, however Brian Cowen defends having six advisors costing the taxpayer €820000 a year, Mary Harney charges a Snickers bar and a packet of crisps to the tax payer, but Down Syndrome children are facing the prospect of losing professional help.
On the day of the assessment, parents are waking their child up at 03.00 in the morning to ensure that they are tired, and feeding them with a spoon of sugar about an hour or so before the assessment, to produce a temporary state of hyperactivity. All of this to ensure that the child will FAIL the assessment. If they fail the assessment, they keep the professional help.This is the wonderful world of Mary Harney and the HSE.
I don't know what the future holds for Mary Harney after the election, but I do wish on her bad luck and misfortune. She deserves it