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What is REACH journal?
REACH Journal is the journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland and is published
twice yearly by the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education. It is the
associations official journal. It aims to be a resource for teachers of pupils with
special needs and for other professionals through the publication of articles reflecting
research findings, good practice and international perspectives. It wishes to promote
co-operation and understanding between teachers across the spectrum of educational
settings, including primary, post-primary schools and special schools. It aims to
engage parents, service providers, policy makers and people with disabilities themselves
in fruitful dialogue.
REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland also publishes papers presented
at the Annual Conference for the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education.
It publishes reviews of current books and software related to special needs education.
If you are interested in reviewing such material, please contact the editor. REACH
Journal is FREE to members of IATSE. REACH Journal is available in Ireland’s Colleges
The views or opinions expressed in REACH Journal are not necessarily those of the
Editor, the Editorial Board, the Central Executive Committee of IATSE or IATSE itself.
Copyright © REACH Journal
How to write for REACH
Contributions are invited and should be typed in double spacing on A4 paper.
Articles should be approximately 2,500 words in length or 10/12 pages of type.
Text should also be emailed to email@example.com, saved as a text file, naming
The Harvard style of referencing is used in this journal.
Authors referred to in the text are written as follows:
(Westwood, 2007) or … according to Westwood (2007); if quoting directly (Westwood,
Full references are listed alphabetically at the end of the article
e.g. Westwood, P. (2007) Commonsense Methods for Children, with
Special Educational Needs (5th ed), London:Routledge.
Articles submitted for publication are sent anonymously to a panel of editorial
advisors for assessment.
Post hard copies to:
Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education,
Drumcondra Education Centre,
How to subscribe to REACH journal
REACH is free to members of IATSE.
Subscription rates (including postage):
- Ireland and UK: €25 annually; €43 for two years.
- Rest of Europe:€30 annually; €52 for two years.
USA and World:€36 annually; €65 for two years.
Cheques /drafts must be made payable to REACH Journal and sent to:
Requests for back issues may also be made to this address.
- REACH Journal Subscriptions,
- Education Centre,
- Dublin 9,
A word from the Founding Editor
Scanning the article headings of the REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in
Ireland is richly illustrative of the road that special education has travelled
since the first volume was published in June, 1987. The early issues of REACH Journal
tell of teacher fortitude and imaginative curricular endeavours in the often uncertain
environment of resource constrictions and official inaction. Unsung innovations
and investigations in classroom practice and institutional change frequently shone
forth as practitioners put forward their ideas and outlined their experiments in
tentative but professional pride.
Side by side with research articles from fellow practitioners in related fields
and news of advances in other countries, these teachers, parents and, sometimes,
pupils themselves, paint a picture of emerging partnership in the quest for quality
in education for all in a changing Ireland. Policy developments too are documented
as commentators charted the emergence and aftermath of the Report of the Special
Education Review Committee of 1993. Has any educational document been so determinedly
dissected and analysed?
Annual Conference, more assured and international as each year progressed, helped
channel dialogue and discussion into the challenging areas of collaboration, support
and reflectivity. These movements too, are reflected in the pages of REACH Journal
as we reel in the years.
As well as remembering and thanking the many authors whose names are listed, it
is appropriate that this brief foreword should acknowledge the teamwork of numerous
editorial boards and dedicated individuals – editorial readers, assistants, illustrators,
designers, typesetters and printers who worked willingly to make the hands of REACH
come together twice each year.
Editor 1987 - 1997