CI Dawn Letterkenny
Where is the programme based?
CI Dawn is based centrally in Letterkenny town at Unit BG8, Justice Walsh Road, Letterkenny.
Who is the programme for?
School leavers ages 18+, who have a diagnosis of intellectual disability, and/or autism, and/or additional support needs.
How can someone get on the programme?
Referrals to the programme(s) are normally through an Occupational Guidance Officer/ HSE Day Services Supports Guidance Development Unit.
Cost of the programme
The programme is free. There is no charge for the programme, there may be a cost for some community based modules or activities, depending on the modules chosen. If you travel with SITT Local Link to/from the centre, SITT charge €3 per day for this transport.
What supports are available?
- Central location within walking distance of Letterkenny town and all amenities
- Planned transition into CI Dawn
- Total Communication programme allowing the daily use of PECS, AAC and basic Lamh signs supplemented by individual communication passports.
- Structured timetable and visual daily schedule
- The use of personalised social stories to support new experiences / situations
- Individualised Positive Behaviour Support Plans
- Person Centred Plans
- Designated Keyworker
- MDT input as necessary
What activities make up the programme?
DCITS offers modules & activities in line with New Directions - specifically the 12 Pillars of Support. These modules offered are reviewed annually and service users give feedback on what modules that want or don't want. Some modules are seasonal/weather dependent and some may be time limited. An example of some of the modules currently on offer includes:
- Aqua Aerobics
- Discover Donegal
- Numeracy & Literacy
- Health & Exercise
- Physio Fit
- Personal Safety
- Travel Training
- CI Dawn
- CI Alpha
- CI Aspire
- CI Connect
QQI Certification is available as an option for anyone who wants it, at levels 1, 2 and 3.
How long can someone stay on the programme?
DCITS provides support for adults aged 18-65. Attendance is not time – limited. Plans and transitions will be fully supported for service users progressing through DCITS Programmes at levels Dawn, Alpha, Aspire and Connect.
Is the programme full-time or part-time?
DCITS offers both full-time and part-time options, depending on each individual’s needs, wishes and preferences.
Is there a waiting list for the programme?
You should contact the Programme Coordinator directly for up to date information on waiting lists.
CI Dawn aims to increase the confidence and skills levels of all participants. Every service user has a PCP and individualised timetable made up of activities that the service user themselves choose, with help from family or CI Dawn staff, if needed and that focus on the acquisition of skills in the individual’s area of choice. Skills learned in a centre setting are then practised in a community setting.