Special Needs Resources in Mayo


October 20, 2014

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Many families, whose child has been diagnosed with a learning need, genetic condition or disability find that it’s hard to locate services and supports for their particular need. We have put together a list of special needs services and supports available in Mayo. If you know of other services or voluntary organisations that we can list here please email info@mykidstime.ie

Special Needs Resources in Mayo

Disability Advocacy Service

Mayo Citizens Information Service Ltd is operating a Disability Advocacy Project. The aim of the project is to develop a professional advocacy service, which will be central to advocating for people with disabilities particularly people who may feel at a disadvantage when claiming their entitlements.

Advocacy is a means of empowering people with disabilities by supporting them to assert their views, rights and entitlements, ensuring their independence and, where necessary, representing and negotiating on their behalf.

The Disability Advocacy Officer is Clare O’ Neill. Clare is based at Castlebar CIC and can be contacted on (094) 9060371 or by email at mayo.disabilityadvocate@citizensinformation.ie

Disability Services in Mayo

Disability Services

Intellectual, Physical and Sensory Disability Services are delivered directly and in partnership with a wide range of voluntary service providers.

The services are provided under the headings of Intellectual Disability services and Physical & Sensory Disability services.

Intellectual Disability Organisations

ArasAttracta- HSE

Aras Attracta Centre, Swinford, Co. Mayo Tel: (094) 925 1900

  • Residential Services.
  • Respite/Community Services

Western Care Voluntary Organisation

Wester Care Association, John Moore Rd, Castlebar, Co.Mayo (www.westerncare.com) 094 9025133

Services provided

  • Community based services.
  • Services based on area structures.
  • Combination of children and adult services.

Rehab Group

  • Day services- Adults

Physical and Sensory Disability

  • Therapy services- Physiotherapy, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy- HSE (094) 9022333
  • Irish Wheelchair Association- Day Services, Personal Assistant Services- 094 90
  • Enable Ireland-services for Children with Disability- 094 90 60234
  • Cheshire Ireland- Residential/Respite services adults -094 9384143
  • Mayo Centre for Independent Living.- Personal Assistant Services -094 9034980
  • National Association for the Deaf.- support/advice and equipment- 091 564871
  • National Council for the Blind of Ireland- support/ advice and equipment- 091 564926
  • Work Web West- supported employment services-094 9043008


  • Citizens Information Centres (www.oasis.gov.ie).
  • Mayo Disability Advocate -094 9025544
  • www.accesswest.ie – Directiory of Disability Organisations, etc.
  • Case Manager/Liasion Officer under Disability Act-HSE- St Mary’s Headquarters, Mayo PCCC , Castlebar Co. Mayo-094 9049116
  • Assessment Officer – under Disability Act-HSE- St Mary’s Headquarters, Mayo PCCC , Castlebar Co.Mayo 094 9049109
  • Disability Services Manager- St Mary’s Headquarters, Mayo PCCC , Castlebar Co.Mayo 0949049081

Disability Act 2005

The Disability Act 2005 is currently being implemented for children under 5, it entitles one to apply for an Independent Assessment of Need and to a Service Statement. Apply to Assessment Officer –St Mary’s Headquarters, Mayo PCCC, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

There are many voluntary organisations that provide information and support to families. We list the ones that have local committees or offices:

  • www.loffa.ie a website of the Laois Offaly families for Autism – provides support and an information service for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Irish Wheelchair Association has an office in Portlaoise and offers information and advice.
  • The Special Needs Parents Association provides information and support.
  • The National Council for Special Education is a statutory body designed to sanction the provision of Special Needs Assistants in schools.
  • www.irishdeafkids.ie is an on-line resource that is offering a new teen life-skills workshop on exam study skills and labeling life goals in Portlaoise (May 14th, 2011)
  • The National Council for the Blind in Ireland (www.ncbi.ie) provides information and support services for the blind.

Psychologists (The Psychological Society of Ireland), Occupational Therapists (Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland) and Speech Therapists ( Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists ) can be located through their respective associations.


This on-line company supplies books especially written for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down’s Syndrome.

CBeebies is a a nice site for both parents and teachers which gives simple information on a range of special educational needs categories. Articles are written by teachers, parents and family members of people with Special Needs

Other useful links

Office of the Minister for Children – www.omc.gov.ie

Department of Health & Children – www.dohc.ie

Health Service Executive (HSE) – www.hse.ie

Department of Education & Skills – www.education.ie

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