After years of planning and successfully securing permission and final approval from Cork County Council and An Bord Pleanála in June, Macroom teachers and students of McEgan College are excited to see building commence on their brand new Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit.
McEgan College is a co-educational school providing a broad curriculum to both girls and boys up to Leaving Certificate level. The facility, which caters for boys and girls from the town of Macroom and its rural hinterland, has gone from strength to strength over the last 83 years and prides itself on catering for the needs of all students.
Their inclusivity is highlighted with this new build, which will see the creation of a much-needed ASD Unit to cater for eight students of mild to moderate general learning disabilities. Expected to open its doors in September 2017, this state-of-the-art unit will comprise of one top of the range classroom, a universal access toilet/shower room and quiet room.
Pat McKelvey, director of schools at the Cork Education and Training Board, welcomed the build.
"McEgan College prides itself on welcoming each child in the community and creating learning opportunities regardless of their intellectual ability. With the rise in ASD diagnoses, we saw a growing demand for special school places for children with autism in the Macroom area. This exciting ASD Unit build ensures that this demand is met, and provides appropriate education to those in need close to their homes, as currently the nearest existing ASD Units are located in Ballincollig, Dunmanway and Cork City," she said.
"This hugely important extension, which is due to open in September, will provide an excellent learning environment for students on the autistic spectrum who are enrolled for the upcoming school term, and enable them to grow and progress, meeting their full potential."