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About Progressing Disability Services:

Cope Foundation, in partnership with the HSE, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, St Joseph’s Foundation and CoAction, are working together to rollout ‘Progressing Disability Services for Children & Young People’ in Cork and Kerry. This programme is changing the way services are provided across the country to make it equitable and consistent for all.

The central focus of this programme is to provide a clear pathway to services regardless of where a child lives, goes to school, or the nature of their disability or delay. At present there are some very good services for children with disabilities and their families but also some large gaps. We need a fairer way to provide services for children with disabilities. Access to services should be based on a child’s needs rather than just on their diagnosis.  Children and families should have services available wherever they live.

As part of the national changes some children will have their needs supported by their Primary Care Children’s Services. A Children’s Disability Network Team will support children with more complex needs in a defined geographic area, regardless of the nature of their disability.

Reconfiguration to the new service will take place over the next 6 months. At the end of this time your child will transfer to either a Children’s Disability Network Team or a Primary Care Children’s Service. Your current service will contact with you in the coming months, to inform you of your child’s new service.

Information session for families of children supported by Cope Foundation (COPE Early Intervention, North Lee ASD Service and Special Schools)

An online information session for all families of children supported by Cope Foundation was held online on Wednesday 16th December 2020. 

You can view this online presentation here.