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Ábalta Special School in Galway is one of a group of schools currently recognised by the Department of Education and Skills in 2010 as a special school established to educate those with autism and complex needs.

Ábalta Special School has grown from its 2001 parent-led establishment as a centre for children with autism to its current status as a special school that offers a range of child-centred, evidence based educational programmes strongly focused on helping children with autism reach their individual potential. All children have a very comprehensive Individualised Educational plan which encompasses the National Curriculum, as well as individual, behavioural, communication and independence goals.

Autism Ireland is the patron of Ábalta. Our ethos is based on the following principles:

✓ Child centred
✓ Evidence Based Intervention
✓ Individualised
✓ Multi denominational

✓ Co-Educational
✓ Parental Involvement
✓ Professional Respect

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