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Cork Association For Autism

Cause Description

The Cork Association for Autism was founded in 1978 by a group of parents of children with autism. This group were frustrated by the lack of supports for their children and sought to rectify the situation. 

The Cork Association for Autism has been providing residential supports to adults with Autism since 1991 from Greenville House in Carrigtwohill. It is based upon a home away from home, home for life principle. Respite support is provided from our centre in Mogeely, East Cork which opened in 2005. Day Service Centres have since been opened in Carrigtwohill, Mogeely, Mideton and Raffeen with our Asperger Syndrome Support Service running from Penrose Wharf, Cork City.

The organisation has grown dramatically over the last number of years with over 300 adults with autism now availing of services. 1:100 are being diagnosed with autism in Ireland today and demand for services continues to grow. Families from all over Cork and parts of Kerry benefit from the Cork Association for Autism support services which have greatly improved the quality of lives of many individuals.


Services We Provide:

  • Residential Care
  • Respite
  • Day Facilities
  • Home Supports
  • Asperger Syndrome Support Service
Residential Care:
  • Beautiful, fully staffed residential care facilities
  • Home away from home atmosphere
  • Tranquil, non-clinical environment
  • Integration with local community
  • Educational and recreational activities
Day Facilities:
  • Meeting the holistic needs of Adults with Autism
  • Transport to and from the Day Centre is provided
  • Wide range of activities incl. Horticulture, Pottery, Dance, Woodwork and Yoga
  • Active community inclusion programme
Respite Care:
  • Specific property surrounded by beautiful gardens
  • Providing a well needed break for families of adults with Autism
  • Day-trips to cinema, swimming pool and theatre
  • Development of daily living skills
Asperger Syndrome Support Service:
  • Individually tailored, person-centred support
Support is focused on the following areas:
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Social Skills
  • Self Awareness
  • Housing
  • Rights & Entitlements
  • Relationships & Sexuality
  • Communication & Language
  • Advocacy, A.S/H.F.A Awareness Raising

Where Your Money Goes

The Cork Association for Autism provide skill development programmes and person centred supports to adults with autism. Families from all over Cork depend greatly on their services which include Residential Care, Respite, Home Support, Day Service and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service.

These days every cent counts and your donation will truly make a difference in the lives of adults with autism. Fundraising Income in 2016 will be used to develop new facilities at the CAA's service centres which include Sensory Rooms, Activity Centres and Outdoor Gym Equipment which improve the quality of lives of our service users. Funds raised also goes towards transportation services for clients.

Fundraising Income in 2015 helped fund the below:

  • The building of our new state of the art Day Service Centre at our Crobally Service Centre, Mogeely which opened in September. 14 clients, 5 of whom are new school leavers now attend the centre which has four activity rooms and a relaxation room.
  • Repair and renovation work at our service centres with essential works being carried out this year in order to meet HIQA requirements. We are delighted to report that our Crobally Service Centre in Mogeely which provides residential care and respite support to 30 individuals received full HIQA registration in August. 
  • The leasing of our vehicles which transport our clients to and from their homes to our service centres and out on activities and day trips. 
  • Development of new gardens and grounds work at our service centres. A fruit garden has been developed in Greenville and a Kitchen Garden will be ready for planting in the Spring. 

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): CHY 8403

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20020606

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Contact Details

Unit 4 , Barryscourt Industrial Estate, Carrigtwohill, Cork, IRELAND