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Autism

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to create a residential facility for young people suffering from autistic spectrum disorders in Northern Ireland. [111410]

Plans are currently being developed for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Autism at the former St. Joseph's Training School at Middletown, Co. Armagh. This is an initiative between the Department of Education and the Department of Education and Science and the aim of the Centre is to promote excellence in the education of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders throughout Ireland.The developing aims of the Centre include an Individual Learning Centre, which will provide an exemplar of good practice in assessment and educational intervention, training of parents and professionals, a research facility and a teaching and outreach support service. The Centre will complement and support, rather

Award scheme titleScopeResults due dateSimultaneous notification
Awards in 2001
The Cash Grant Awards SchemeTo enable individuals or groups to carry out practical projects which will result in better care for health and social services usersApril/May 2001Yes
Diversity 21 AwardsTo recognise and celebrate the diverse interests and cultures in Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 21st century29 May 2001Yes
Northern Ireland Exporter of the Year Awards 2000Encouraging NI companies to exportJune 2001Yes
DARD Rose AwardBest cluster of flowered rose at Belfast City Rose TrialsJuly 2001Yes
National Training AwardsThe National Training Awards competition is open to all individuals, companies and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors15 September 2001 to 13 November 2001No
The HPSS Quality AwardsTo recognise, reward and promote excellence in the provision of health and social care within the Health and Personal Social ServicesNovember 2001Yes
Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Environmental Awards SchemeHealth and Social Services in Northern IrelandNovember 2001Yes
Beacon AwardsThe Association of Colleges in England and Wales administers the Beacon Awards programme. Beacon Awards are also open to Northern Ireland Further Education (FE) colleges. The awards are designed to promote the interdependence of FE colleges and business, professional and voluntary organisations to their mutual advantageDecember 2001Yes
Food From Britain Export Awards: Northern Irish Exporter of the YearTo celebrate the success of companies operating in international marketsDecember 2001Yes
NI Quality AwardPublic, private and voluntary sector organisationsJanuary 2002No
Steps to ExcellencePublic and voluntary sector organisationsJanuary 2002No
NI Quality AwardPublic, private and voluntary sector organisationsJanuary 2002No
Steps to ExcellencePublic and voluntary sector organisationsJanuary 2002No
All Ireland Garden Centre of the Year AwardsBest Garden CentreFebruary 2002Yes
Best Developing Garden Centre AwardsMost Improved Garden CentreFebruary 2002Yes
Awards in 2002
The Cash Grants Awards SchemeTo enable individuals or groups to carry out practical projects which will result in better care for health and social services usersApril/May 2002Yes
Diversity 21 AwardsTo recognise and celebrate the diverse interests and cultures in Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 21st century11 June 2002Yes
DARD Rose AwardBest cluster of flowered rose at Belfast City Rose TrialsJuly 2002Yes
National Training AwardsThe National Training Awards competition is open to all individuals, companies and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors13 September 2002 to 5 November 2002No
Development Farmer of the YearSignificant Development in grass-based enterprises and establishment of a viable diversified enterpriseSeptember 2002Yes
Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Awards: Supply Chain Excellence AwardTo recognise the creation or improvement of supply chain linkages that deliver clear benefits to producersOctober 2002Yes

than replace, current and developing service provision. The Centre will offer residential accommodation for up to twenty children and young people who would attend the Learning Centre for short-term support.

The progress of the development is subject to the successful completion of purchase arrangements of the site.