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Description
The Irish Society for Autistic Children (I.S.A.C.) was founded in 1963 and was renamed The Irish Society for Autism (I.S.A.) in 1992. After its foundation I.S.A.C. realised that the initial enthusiasm of professionalism and statutory bodies very quickly subsided and then failed to provide the specialised services required by children with Autism. The long campaign began, a campaign of education and creating awareness, insisting on the need for early diagnosis, early intervention and above all appropriate education. While this campaign was in motion the Society in partnership with a Regional Health Authority, the Eastern Health Board, set about developing services for young adults with Autism who unfortunately were at that time in totally unsuitable psychiatric hospitals. The Gheel Training Group was formed and now provides day and residential facilities in the community care model for 52 persons with Autism in the Dublin area

Services
The Society provided independent living units where thirty seven persons with Autism live. For a number of years the residents have been involved in farming incorporating poultry, deer husbandry, pigs, cattle, organic farming, horticulture. They also participate in pottery, ceramics, woodcraft, crafts and candle-making projects. They enjoy this lifestyle and through this work make a positive contribution to their community. The basic philosophy of the Community is a recognition of the individuality of persons with Autism, their capacity to benefit from education, training and care, and their entitlement to participate in the development of society in accordance with their individual capacity and dignity as human beings.

Contact
  Irish Society for Autism,
Unity Building,
  16/17 Lower O'Connell Street,
  Dublin 1.
Tel: Tel: 01 874 4684
Web: www.autism.ie
   
Email: autism@isa.iol.ie
 

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