Overview

The Cork Association for Autism (CAA) is a Section 39 organisation substantially funded by the HSE but supported by a fully voluntary Board and a host of volunteers. The CAA has evolved into a comprehensive Autism specific support service over the years and today employs over 140 staff who range from care assistants to social care workers and outreach support workers.

Aims and Objectives

The service provides person centred support and skill development programs to adults on the Autism spectrum throughout the Cork and Kerry region. The service is the preeminent Autism Specific Service Provider in the region. 

The research and international codes of best practice associated with the Autism spectrum is evolving rapidly. We are in the middle of a demographic bulge because of better diagnosis in recent decades. The core objective of the Association is to provide best-in-class services, delivering individual focused care plans for the people availing of our services. Our objective is to support each individual to access and develop educational, vocational, social and recreational opportunities.

We also aim to grow the awareness and understanding within our community and society generally of the unique challenges faced by individuals within the Autism Spectrum. Our mission is to ensure that those availing of our services and their families have a quality of life that we all aspire to. We aim to develop the potential of each client, by treating each person as a unique and respected individual having equal rights and entitlements as the rest of society.