Autism Support Louth&Meath / Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism
Name: Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism & Autism Support Louth&Meath
Address: Mallard House, Fair St, Drogheda, Co Louth
Phone number: 087 240 7431 / 041 9803366
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Autism Support Louth&Meath is a parent led group which was formed in 2002 by parents with the aim of ensuring that our children with autism were able to access evidence based education in their local community and that they were enabled to maximise every opportunity in their lives.
As a group of parents we founded the Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism and Complex Needs which is now recognised by the Department of Education.
Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism and Complex Needs provides a child centred, evidence based education which encompasses the national curriculum as well as whatever skills each individual child needs as detailed in their IEP.
We run monthly support groups and coffee mornings, four weekly youth clubs for children and adults with autism, host sibling workshops, provide training for parents, carers and teachers, organise autism friendly cinema outings and work to support parents locally and lobby locally and nationally on disability issues. And we also fundraise a lot. We are an energetic proactive involved parent led group.
We recently opened an adult service, “the hub” in partnership with the HSE and a service provider, Praxis.. This was a great achievement and now the young adults with autism and complex needs leaving our school have a specialist community and activity based service to transition into.
Our aims and objectives can be summarised as follows :
To provide facilitate and promote education for children with autism, in particular the Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism.
To provide and facilitate recreation and leisure activities through our youth clubs and other activities for all children and families affected by Autism.
To support “the Hub”, our post 18 service
To support parents and families affected by autism
To promote a greater knowledge and awareness of autism
To advocate on behalf of children with autism
Our short term goal at the moment is to move our school into our new premises in Sept 2014. Drogheda ABACAS school is moving to a recently vacated school building. This move will allow us to have much greater space and resources for the children in the school, The new premises will also be used by our four weekly youth clubs and will enable us to expand the amount of extracurricular and leisure activities for the children. Our longer term goal would be to expand the school and our youth clubs.