Thursday 19 July 2018

What we owe the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics' sense of community can teach us all about the need to belong, writes Sarah Caden

ACHIEVEMENT: The Connaught Female Team 1 team celebrates after winning the Ladies Basketball Final during the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games. Photo: Tom Beary/Sportsfile
ACHIEVEMENT: The Connaught Female Team 1 team celebrates after winning the Ladies Basketball Final during the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games. Photo: Tom Beary/Sportsfile

Sarah Caden

On Morning Ireland last Thursday, parents from Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education (Icare) talked to Eileen Magnier about the centre's impending closure.

The centre in Buncrana was set up by parents of children with autism 18 years ago, and has run on fund-raising and some grants ever since. Now, however, with ever-increasing demand and costs, they are running out of money. The fund-raising market is "saturated", said one parent and, despite "80pc of referrals" coming from the HSE, they get no HSE funding. Icare is in consideration for funding, however, in 2019.

By 2019, Icare might well be gone.

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