A Guide to Services for Young People with Disabilities

 

 

A Guide to Services for Young People with Disabilities 

 

Westmeath and Longford County Childcare Committees developed this directory to provide information and supports to parents and services who are caring for or educating a child or young person age 0-24 years with special needs.  Sourcing information is a difficult task regarding all aspects of disability.  The ultimate goal is to empower and help parents to source the information and supports they need to ensure their child can lead a full and independent life.  The work of the Longford and Westmeath Local Area Coordination project strongly indicates the need for one point of contact and support for disability services.  Information is itself an empowerment tool however, sourcing, using and understanding this information are barriers that parents, families and carers face.  A model that collates and updates information and coordinates support meetings would be a massive step forward in the provision of disability services in Longford and Westmeath and could be duplicated as a model of best practice throughout the country.