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Cork Association For Autism

Cause Description

The Cork Association for Autism provide support services for adults affected with Autism and Asperger Syndrome to over 400 individuals and their families from the Cork & Kerry region. This year is of special significance to our charity as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Cork Association for Autism. 

Support services provided by our charity include, Residential & Respite Care, Day Service Facilities, Home Supports and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service. 


Services We Provide:

  • Residential Care
  • Respite Care 
  • Day Service 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
  • 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


When the Association was formed back in 1978 Autism was not recognised as a separate condition by the Health Board in Ireland & it was estimated that 4 in every 10,000 people were affected by Autism. Today it is recognised by experts in the field that this number is more likely to be closer to every 1:100 individuals. A group of families in the region were left frustrated with the lack of information and fundamental support services available to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and came together in determination to secure their children's futures, armed with nothing but a sheer perseverance and belief in their cause set about founding the Cork Association for Autism with the aim of providing long term, professional, Autism Specific support services in the Cork area.

 From its foundation in 1978 the Cork Association for Autism went on to develop its first residential centre, Greenville House in Carrigtwohill which was officially opened by Mary Robinson in 1991. From here on in the support facilities provided by the Association have expanded year on year. Developing additional Residential Services in their Greenville Campus in Carrigtwohill and their Crobally Campus in Mogeely, with the ethos of providing a ‘Home for Life’. In 2005 the Association also introduced a Respite Service which today provides Respite Care to over 30 individuals on a rotating basis.

Over the years the charity has went on to develop additional support services including, Home Supports, an Asperger Syndrome Support Service and Day Service Facilities which now operate from 6 centres across Cork City & County with the view of expansion going forward.

Today; the charity provides professional Autism Specific Services to over 400 individuals in total across the Cork and Kerry region from a range of service centres, making a meaningful difference in the lives of adults with Autism in our community everyday. 

Where Your Money Goes

Our charity is greatly reliant on fundraising income and donations. This year we are fundraising to cover the cost of client transportation services and vehicle leasing costs which are used to transport a number of our service users from their homes to our dedicated service centres and to access community integration activities and daytrips.


The transport facility is a fundamentally important aspect of the CAA’s service as it allows service users availing of our services to access and become a part of the community in which they are based and allows helps in improving socialisation skills. Community integration is a very important part of our charities work which is one of the reasons the transport function is so important.


People with disabilities should not be seen or treated any differently than any other actively participating members of community. The perception of people with disabilities has gradually improved throughout the years and this can be largely attributed to a better focus on integration with others in their community.

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