NPC Special Education Conference 2017

11am – 4pm | 11 Nov 2017

The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

A day for parents of children with special educational needs

'The Child's Voice - Making a Difference'

Keynote SpeakerAdam Harris, Founder of

Adam Harris is a social entrepreneur and Founder-CEO of, an organisation working to build an Ireland where every person with Autism can “live and succeed as they are”. 

Ann-Marie Spillane - “How can parents ensure they are listening to their child’s voice”
Ann-Marie has been working with the ISPCC since 2008 as the Childline Regional Supervisor in Cork. 
Ann-Marie discussed practical approaches to support parents to involve their children and hear their voices on educational matters that affect them.

Clare Cromie O'Toole - “From Voice to Participation: Exploring Children’s Rights in Education"
As a post-graduate student of Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin, Clare conducted an extensive literature review of academic research on the ‘Voice of the Child’ in the education sector for the National Parents Council Primary. 

Clare’s talk aimed to provide an overview of children’s participatory rights, query why children’s participation matters and present research regarding the benefits of engaging children’s participation in decision-making.  

NCSE Consultation on its Services and  Supports
In 2017, the NCSE expanded to incorporate a number of other special education services, including the National Behaviour Support Service and the Visiting Teacher Service for children who are deaf/hard of hearing and children who are blind/visually impaired.  The consultation sought the views of parents regarding the services and supports it provides to students with special educational needs, their families, teachers and schools. 

Information stands from the following were available on the day

  • Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Support Service
  • Irish Autism Action
  • Irish Epilespy
  • National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
  • Special Needs Parents' Association
  • Dyspraxia Association of Ireland
  • Sharing the Journey
  • Family Carers Ireland
  • NPC