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?

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.

Announcement 15th July 2020

The Executive Committee of the Special Needs Parents Association has, sadly, been forced to take the decision to wind up the Association as a charitable body up in 2020. Despite numerous efforts in recent years to attract new members to come on to the Committee to help run the Association it has proved impossible to manage the SNPA on a voluntary basis at the level of governance required by the many regulations that have emerged in the disability and charity sectors in recent years. With immediate effect SNPA will no longer operate as a lobby or pressure group on disability issues.