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ASD unit for Macroom’s McEgan College

Wednesday, 19th July, 2017 5:26pm

Parents of children with autism in the Macroom area are finally getting their wish.

After several years of campaigning, a new unit for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) diagnoses at McEgan College is in development.

“We saw a growing demand for special school places for children with autism. This exciting ASD unit build ensures that this demand is met and provides appropriate education to those in need close to their homes,” said Pat McKelvey, Director of the Schools, Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB).

The unit will cater for eight students with Mild to Moderate General Learning Disability (MGLD).

Consisting of a top-of-the-range classroom, universal access toilet/shower room and a quiet room, the state-of-the-art area is slated to open in September.

The school hopes the new area will provide an excellent learning environment for students on the autistic spectrum so that they can grow and meet their full potential. Until now, the nearest units for children in Macroom have been in Ballincollig, Dunmanway and Cork city.

“McEgan College prides itself on welcoming each child in the community and creating learning opportunities – regardless of their intellectual ability,” Mr McKelvey said.

McEgan is a co-educational school for the children of Macroom and its rural hinterland that provides a broad curriculum up to Leaving Certificate level. 

To learn more about the school, or enroll in the upcoming school year, contact 026-41076 or

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