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iCARE Buncrana & Sonas Youth Club



Inishowen Childrens Autism Related Education, (iCARE) Ltd exist to support autistic individuals and their families in the Inishowen area.  Established in September 2000 by a small group of parents, they work to break down barriers and promote inclusion. They are committed to advocating for our members and ensuring equity of opportunity for all. In the initial years the organisation focused on support, lobbying, training and education with great success. One of the key achievements of iCARE Ltd is the establishment of the iCARE Centre located in Buncrana County Donegal in 2007, more recently in 2020, they established their adult service, iADULT.



The organisation prides itself on its person-centred approach. Throughout our organisation iCARE consider it vital that we get to know the autistic person and understand how their autism impacts on their life.  Every autistic person is unique and their autism impacts on them uniquely.


At iCARE Ltd they believe that everyone should have equal access to supports. Fully understanding that undergoing the process of getting a diagnosis for a child can be a very difficult time - families waiting on a diagnosis can also become a member of iCARE and avail of the various supports they can offer.


The iCARE centre operates 6 days per week, Monday -Saturday. They provide services such as

  • After school sessions

  • A Saturday club

  • School holiday programmes

  • Youth club for young people 11+

  • A parent support group


Check out their Facebook page for daily activities and events or contact our iCARE Coordinator Niamh Clerkin on 083 095 6007 for further information.


 

 

IADULT DAY SERVICE

 


The iAdult Day Service helps individuals to be more independent; helping them to contribute to and be more included in their communities; empowering them with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce and supporting them to be in charge of their health and wellness.

 

iCare offer a service to those aged 18+, presenting with mild/moderate Autism Spectrum Condition with an intellectual disability. Service users are school leavers from the Inishowen area of Donegal. They offer a person-centred service and supports, a comprehensive Person-centred Plan, working within the framework of the HSE New Directions Policy and a key worker.




 

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