What is the Special Needs Parents Association?

Special Needs Parents Association exists to support all parents of persons with special needs and disabilities irrespective of age or diagnosis, by promoting on a national level, improved treatment, education, welfare and acceptance for our children.

Why do we exist?

The Special Needs Parents Association was set up early in 2010 by likeminded parents from all over Ireland who realised that there was a need for a national organisation to represent the views of all parents of persons with special needs and disabilities, regardless of their diagnosis or age.
We chose not to distinguish between parents who had children and persons with physical disabilities; intellectual disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders or non-diagnosed conditions, for all parents had one thing in common. We are parents of persons with special needs and disabilities.

What do we do?

We do not seek to compete with other local groups, but to help point parents in the right direction who may be looking for a local group or service and to provide parent to parent support in the areas where there is none. The Association has a network of Parent Liaisons offering local support to parents and to liaise with local groups and services. If there is no support group in your area, we can help you get one started by promoting it online for you.
On a national level the Association aims to represent parents who feel strongly about their children’s access to the Irish education system as well as to society in general.

More information see our Information Leaflet