The mother of a four year old girl who suffers from spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy has told Meath Live, ‘We will never know my daughter’s ability unless we are allowed to unlock it.’
Tracy Carroll from Bohermeen was speaking after being told her daughter Willow had to miss out on starting at Montessori school yesterday apparently due to incorrect completion of forms for nursing support hours allegedly they were wrongly signed.
Willow was due to start classes at Munchkins Montessori school in Boyerstown and Tracy said, ‘Fiona Rochford who owns the school has been superb in her efforts to get this sorted, she moved heaven and earth to get everything in place including installing an accessible disabled changing unit, and yet this happens so late in the day.’
Funding for the necessary level five equipment at the premises had been approved by AIMS Better Start Programme, but her mum Tracy claims that she has been told in a letter from Disability Meath that the application for nursing support hours was refused – in part because of an apparent failure to sign the application correctly.
The application was submitted, on the family’s behalf by Enable Ireland. The HSE and Enable Ireland say that while they cannot comment on individual cases, they will follow up directly with the family ‘as a matter of urgency’. The Ombudsman for Children has confirmed a complaint has been received about the issue.
Frustrated Tracy said, ‘ Anything we could control in terms of the application we have done so correctly but we have been let down by our services, those tasked with the responsibility of ensuring it happened have not adequately fulfilled their roles, ‘In a sense I am glad this has happened as it will highlight a major issue