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Based in Galway, we provide a range of personal, high quality, community based services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

We are dedicated to enabling people with an intellectual disability to realise their dreams and ambitions.

Ability West is a voluntary organisation, set up by parents and friends, with 57 centres located in 13 geographical locations across Galway City and County. Services provided include day, residential, respite, rehabilitative training, supports towards employment, active ageing, community support and multidisciplinary supports such as social work, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Ability West is also a patron of four special schools located in Ballinasloe, Carraroe, Galway City and Tuam.

Ability West – Éirim An Iarthair, formerly known as The Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children, was set up by parents and friends in 1962. Over the past 50 years Ability West has grown from strength to strength and we now provide high quality services and supports to over 530 children and adults with intellectual disability.

All proceeds raised for and on behalf of Ability West are used towards our ongoing capital programme which includes new builds, extensions and refurbishments of existing buildings, the purchase of specialised equipment and minibuses. 

Contact Details

Blackrock House, Salthill, Salthill, Galway, 97

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 6306

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20011161

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