Education Minister Peter Weir has said proposals by the Education Authority are underway which could see the provision of autism support units in Devenish College in Enniskillen and St. Kevin’s College in Lisnaskea.

He explained that “any significant change” to a school such as the addition of an autism support unit would require the publication of a Development Proposal, which is a statutory process, adding that the Education Authority’s current proposals for change are listed in its Action Plan 2019-21.

“The Action Plan contains a number of actions in relation to autism specific provision in schools in Local Government Districts west of the Bann, namely Derry and Strabane, Mid-Ulster and Fermanagh and Omagh.

“This includes the establishment of such provision in primary schools in the Omagh town and surrounding area as well as in Devenish College, St Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea and for the Strule Campus,” he said.

Minister Weir added: “It also includes actions to change General Learning Support Centres to autism specific provision at Holy Trinity Primary School, Cookstown and Lisneal College.

These changes will form part of a regional approach to reconfiguring special schools and pupil support provision at mainstream schools.”