Information for Families

This section of our website provides general information for families on topics such as Entitlements and Benefits for children with disabilities, and Early Information.  

This information is useful for families whose child has been given a diagnosis, and for those who have a concern about a possible diagnosis of a disability.      
View Information for Families

To find translated versions of our content, click on the links below:    
Gaeilge (Irish)    
Français (French)                                               Română (Romanian)
Lietuvių (Lithuanian)                                            Русский (Russian)
Polski (Polish)
Português do Brasil (Brazilian Portuguese)

Information for Professionals

This section provides information that professionals can print for families at the time of diagnosis of a child's additional needs, disability or developmental concern. It also contains helpful information to directly support you in your communication with families.




What's New

Click on the 'What's New' link above to see all of the news stories from the Informing Families Project

Update on the Progressing Children and Young People's Disability Services Process


The Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People team produce a newsletter for all who have an interest in this process. The latest newsletter, which you can download here was issued in December 2014.

Information Booklet launched for parents of children with special educational needs

(20 Oct 2011)

Information Booklet for Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs launched providing information on the full range of educational supports available in schools for children with special educational needs.

HSE Review - Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People

(12 Jul 2011)

The HSE are currently carrying out a review of children and young people's disability services. A bulletin describing the work of this review has been issued. Parents are invited to put their names forward as representatives on local implementation groups.

About our Project

The Informing Families Project developed best practice guidelines for informing families of their child's disability, and supporting families receiving this news. The guidelines were developed through consultation and research with families and professionals. In this section of the website you can: 


Our website has been translated into six languages in collaboration with the HSE Social Inclusion Services.Click on the languages below to find the translated content:
          Français (French)
          Lietuvių (Lithuanian
          Polski (Polish) 
          Português do Brasil (Brazilian Portuguese) 
          Română (Romanian)
          Русский (Russian)



Snippet Content 5

Health Service Executive Logo Health Services National Partnership Forum Logo National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Logo 

  • Informing Families Project, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies,  Oranmore Business Park,  Oranmore, Galway
  • Phone: +353 (091) 792316
  • Fax: +353 (091) 792317
  • Email: info@informingfamilies.ie
© 2015 Informing Families


Search - Use spaces to separate your keywords
Positive, Realistic Messages and Hope