ABAILE 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


Laois Offaly Families for Autism (LOFFA) is a local support group run by parents for parents and families of children with Autism

LOFFA exists to provide support, encouragement and information for those whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by sharing information and experiences, offering an understanding environment and the opportunity to meet others living in similar circumstances

LOFFA offer support in a variety of ways to children and their parents, everything from a simple chat, to providing subsidised access to Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapist for those families who are forced, through lack of HSE services to obtain private therapies for their children.

Organised and run by a small group of volunteer parents, LOFFA actively campaign to raise awareness of ASD in our area and seek health, educational and support services that are appropriate to meet the needs of children with ASD.

LOFFA organising social activities (Junior Playdate, 10 Pin Bowling, Autism Friendly Cinema Club) every month for the children and their siblings, giving them the opportunity to meet and socialise with other children like themselves in a safe and non-judgemental environment. 

LOFFA has been in existence for over 10 year. Originally set up with approximately 20 families, today numbers have swollen to over 300 in the Laois/Offaly area and membership continues to rise. 

LOFFA receives no funding from any governmental body, so are required to continuously fund raise in order to provide the support given to local families.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month (Sept - June) alternating between Tullamore Court Hotel and Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.

New members are always welcome

To contact LOFFA:

Call:     086 4443544  /  086 0450074
Email: info@loffa.ie
Website: http://www.loffa.ie/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/LaoisOffalyFamiliesforAutism/




Source Page: http://www.autismireland.ie/member-groups/601/


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