Not a school as such, but a useful resource for those with children in or near Lisbon with Special Education Needs:
Tel: +351 21 458 5300
Fax: +351 21 458 5312
Web: www.cadin.net (drop down the Home page to Summary in English, which will tell you to choose Quem Somos from list on the left; once there, scroll down again until you reach the English summary)
CADIN is a unique resource, in the area if not in the whole of Portugal, for children with a wide range of special educational needs. It was set up in 2003 in a purpose-designed building complete with colourful playground, based just outside Cascais. It offers help to children with AD(H)D, autism spectrum, specific learning disabilites, epilepsy, dyslexia.
The 40 staff members/consultants include SEN teachers, (child) psychologists, speech-, physical- and occupational therapists, paedeatricians, child neurologists, a geneticist and a neuro-physiologist.
Many speak English. A sign of how desperately this type of body was needed, it has already helped over 5,000 families. Children come for periodic appointments, many of them after school if they are able to attend. Set up by local businesses as a charitable institution, it offers subsidies to those that cannot afford the fees so that it is within the reach of poor families in the Cascais area.
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