Special Needs Parents Association on Pinterest

Accessible Transport Services

Wheelchair accessible information
Accessibility Guide for passengers with disabilities
Accessibility information

Wheelchair Taxis
Web and mobile based search facility to source wheelchair accessible transport throughout Ireland


Animal Assisted Therapy

Festina Lente centre in Bray
Not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs have not been met in mainstream services

Irish Therapy Dogs
Pet therapy for the provision of comfort and companionship to people in long-term or daily residential care.

The Carefarm -Caslemartyr Co Cork
A small farm where children who have extra needs come to benefit from Animal Assisted Therapy, Horticultural Activities and one on one tuition.


Assistance dogs

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland
AADI is a national charity providing highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families.

Dogs for the Disabled
Assistance dogs are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks in order to achieve greater independence.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Enables both blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with Autism to achieve increased independence and an improved quality of life.

My Canine Companion Autism Assistance Dogs
provide highly trained and skilled assistance dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism.


Educational Resources Websites

ABC School Supply Centre (educational supplies)
Includes a Special Educational Needs portfolio of books, hands on resources and software

Free downloadable resources with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides

Dyslexia Dublin CETC Educational Store
Early years and specific learning needs resource store

Lists & descriptions of educational Apps

Outside the Box Learning Resources
Educational resources

SEN teacher
Free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities.

ABA resources

Starfall Phonics
Phonics based educational games


Education Support

AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability)
An independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities

DARE (Disability Access Route to Education)
College and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old with disabilities who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate.

Education Desty
Online training and software development company offering online support and skills development courses created and facilitated by an Educational Psychologist.

Gifted Kids
Online guide for parents and teachers of gifted children in Ireland

Home Education Network
Advice and support for parents who choose to homeschool. Includes link to HEN Eire social network for home schooling in Ireland

Irish Learning Support Association
Nationwide body that represents the interests of Learning Support, Resource and Language teachers

National Learning Network
National Learning Network is the training and employment division of the Rehab Group.

National Council for Special Education
Manages education services and supports to pupils with special educational needs arising from disabilities.

Portal for Irish education.

UCD ACCESS and Lifelong Learning
Aims to increase diversity and widen access to third level education


Online toys, therapy and living aids for children and adults with special needs

Learning toys and developmental products

Assist Ireland
Directory of assistive technology and living aids

Big Elf Toys
Educational toys for young children

Fred Storey
A range of homecare, mobility and daily living aids.

Off We Go Books
A range of books that help prepare children for everyday experiences

Sensational Kids
Therapy toys and products available instore or online

The Mobility Shop
Living aids

Thinking Toys
Therapy toys and aids


Statuatory Agencies

Citizens Information

Department of Social Protection


Listing of Government Departments

National Disability Authority

Ombudsman for Children

The Office of the Disability Appeals Officer


Therapist Organisations

AOTI_ Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland

Buddy Bear Trust – conductive Education in Northern Ireland

IACAT- Creative Arts Therapists

IACST – Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists

IASLT- Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists

ISCP – the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health

Music Therapy

PSI – Psychological Society of Ireland


Miscellaneous Websites

Apps for children with special needs

Free online magazine

On-line information service for people with disabilities and special needs.

Eric Isherwood Radio Talk Show- Disability Forum
Podcasts of talk radio shows from Life Fm 93.1 www.lifefm.ie with Eric Isherwood


The Grace App for Autism helps autistic and other special needs children to communicate effectively, by building semantic sequences from relevant images to form sentences.

Informing Families
Provides information to parents at the time of diagnosis.

National Home-sharing & Short-breaks Network
Host family based services for Irish citizens with intellectual disability, physical disability and autism.

Comprehensive list of online resources

Possibilities Plus

Independent Support Broker. Assisting families & adults (over 18) with a disability or those ready to leave the school system , who are searching for an alternative support model such as individualised budgets and want to move away from the Traditional Adult Service model.



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