In 2005 Fleming Fulton School, Belfast set up an interdisciplinary working party in response to the current legislation on Special Needs Education and guidelines for Special Schools.
The working party submitted an application to The Big Lottery Fund and the school was awarded £500,000 to develop a 4 year project for children and young people.
It encompasses the development of an advice and support service for physical disability and a proposed independent living centre in conjunction with the Cedar Project.
The aim is to facilitate the inclusion of children and young people in the school of their choice.
The team is a partnership between Education and Health consisting of a Teacher (Inclusion Coordinator), Occupational Therapist, Classroom Assistant, ICT Technician and Clerical Officer.
The multi-disciplinary input given may range from advice to full school support throughout the academic year and school career depending on the specific needs of the pupil.
At present the Lilac Advice and Support Centre have been involved with both Mainstream and Special Schools across all Education and Library Boards.