i.C.A.R.E. (Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education)

iCAREABAILE Autism Support are a self help group of parents in the Louth/Meath area who formed in April 2002 to help children and young people with Autism realise their full potential by facilitating an education using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Our main Objectives are :
Education : to provide an ABA education for children with Autism and related communication disorders in their local area.
Parent Support : to provide help,  guidance and support to parents and families affected by Autism.
Awareness : to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of Autism
Drogheda ABACAS School which opened on March 10 2003  was the first major project for ABAILE Autism Support. 18 Children attend this first phase of the school.  The Drogheda ABACAS School adheres to the highest standards of worldwide best practice of ABA education.
ABAILE also aims to provide practical support to home programmes through the sharing of physical resources, teaching materials, training and experience. We have run a number of ABA and PECs training courses which have been attended by over 300 people.  We have a very active monthly support group meeting on the 3rd Wed of each month in Donegans , Monasterboice where all are welcome.
Parent Support  ABAILE aims to provide help, guidance and support to parents of Children with Autism.  While concentrating on those working with ABA home programmes we would like to offer assistance to any parent.  ABAILE members meet regularly and also phone and email with any information, news or ideas.   
Advocacy : we provide advocacy services to families in this area helping with form filling , appeals  and lobbying for services on their behalf as well as attending meetings with parents to lend support.
Youth Club : we run  two Saturday Youth Clubs for young people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome from many different schools.    These have been described by one parent as “ saving her teenagers life” during the last year by giving her a social outlet where she is totally accepted and welcomed.
National  ABAILE is a member of and sits on the Board of Directors of Irish Autism Action , the national umbrella group with over 30 member groups.  We advocate and lobby on a national level to ensure better service provision to people with Autism.
Contact Us – If you would like to get on our mailing/text list please contact 087 2407431.   Or please contact us on the emails below or on our website www.droghedaabacas.com or www.thevalentinesball.com

i.C.A.R.E. (Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education) i.C.A.R.E. is based in Buncrana, Co.Donegal was founded in 2000 as
a response to the need for local support, training and information for
families in the Inishowen community who have a family member with
autism. The group provides vital respite for families and provides day respite
and an activity centre. The i.C.A.R.E. Day, Respite and Acitivity Centre
was officially openend by IAA Patron, Keith Duffy in October 2007 and
makes a real difference to the lives of families affected by autism by
providing both a break for parents and integration opportunities for the
children and young people with autism. Our Vision is; "to improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and their
families throughout their lives." Our Mission is; "to provide a framework within which families, health, education and
special needs professionals can access training, support, education and
respite care." Contact details; Website http://www.icare.ie/ Phone 074 93 62226/086 1081200 1pm - 5pm (Mon - Fri) Address i.C.A.R.E. Day, respite and Activity Centre Looking Glass Brae Ballymacarry Buncrana Co Donegal
Source Page: http://www.autismireland.ie/member-groups/587/

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