Charity of the Week – Cork Association for Autism

The Cork Association for Autism provide person centered supports and skill development programmes to adults on the Autism spectrum throughout Cork. Over 300 adults avail of these services which include residential care, respite, day service, home support and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service.
Their mission is to ensure that those availing of their services and their families have a quality of life that we all aspire to. They employ 140 staff who range from care assistants to social care workers and outreach support workers who help their service users reach their full potential in life. As 1:100 are being diagnosed with autism in Ireland today demand for services at the Cork Association for Autism continues to grow.
Vital support is needed from the public in order to fund new facilities and equipment along with transportation services which improve the quality of lives of their service users and their families.

Did you know?

Cork Association for Autism Service Centres are located in the below areas:
1. Greenville Service Centre, Carrigtwohill
2. Crobally Service Centre Mogeely
3. Midleton Day Service
4. Raffeen Day Service
5. Model Farm Road Day Service
6. Asperger Syndrome Support Service, Penrose Wharf

Services Provided
1. Residential Care
Residential supports are provided to 16 clients which is based upon a ‘home away from home, home for life’ environment. Residential facilities are staffed appropriately by qualified personnel to meet all of the needs of those that avail of the service both day and night. A number of CAA vehicles facilitate integration with the local community. Independent living skills and daily living skills are supported and encouraged.

2. Day Service
The CAA provides services to 37 families through their day service. Individuals that reside with their families are collected from home Monday-Friday and dropped home in the evening. Service users can get involved in a number of activities ranging from horticultural activities, pottery classes, daily living skills, computer skills, numeracy and literacy training and money skills training.

3. Respite Service
Respite services are offered to 25 clients at Crobally House in Mogeely. This large five-bedroomed property is placed amongst extensive, beautiful landscaped gardens. This service offers invaluable supports to individuals to families requiring a much needed break. The emphasis within the respite service is on recreational activities and the development of daily living skills.

4. Home Support
The CAA’s home support service, which is provided to 5 individuals, allows the CAA to provide supports either in an individual’s own family home or within the wider community often at time during the evening or at weekends for short periods or as a more long-term solution.

5. Asperger Syndrome Support Service
The CAA provide outreach supports to 250 adults with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism. This service operates from Penrose Wharf in Cork City. This is an opportunity for the organisation to support individuals living within their own communities. The aim of the outreach support service is to enable and support people with Asperger Syndrome to maximise their independence, utilise their talents and link in to social networks

Log onto www.corkautism.ie for more information

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