Our purpose here at Autism Ireland is to be a comprehensive resource for all those living with Autism.
We strive to help everyone who may be impacted by Autism find answers to their questions by providing relevant information, research and guidelines to help them navigate their experience.
While we are by no means an absolutely complete resource, our aim is that you will find the information you are looking for in an accessible, easy-to-understand format.
Beyond our web based resources, Autism Ireland is passionate about community involvement. We have established many fantastic relationships with businesses and organisations who have partnered with us to help bring Autism awareness to the wider community.
If you are interested in helping us fundraise, or would like to be involved with creating a positive impact on the Autism community please see our Volunteer with Autism Ireland page.
- Autism ID Card
- Information & Support Services
- Autism Friendly Initiatives
- S.T.E.P Programme
Autism ID Card
The Autism ID card identifies the card holder as an individual with autism, and a member of Autism Ireland. This card is recognized by Dublin Airport, and many other airports both here in Ireland and abroad, enabling families to access accommodations to make navigating their way through the airport a much quicker and more pleasant experience. The card is also recognized by many cinemas and event destinations such as Dublin Zoo and Tayto Park to access priority queuing.
If you’re headed out for the day, or planning a family adventure, be sure to ring ahead to your destination to see what accommodations you may avail of with the autism ID card.
Information and Support Services
Whether you’re the parent or guardian of a child with Autism, an individual with Autism yourself, or someone providing care and education for the person with Autism; it can be difficult and often overwhelming to find the information you need.
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Autism Ireland provides training and workshops through our S.T.E.P programme (Supporting, Training and Empowering Parents) as well as tailored training sessions for audiences with unique needs.
We organize and deliver awareness talks, and content-specific workshops for schools, service providers, public services, local support groups and other community-based organisations that may benefit from such trainings.
If you are part of a group or organisation that is interested in learning more about Autism, or would like more information on our training sessions please e-mail email@example.com with your questions and we will be in touch to discuss your training needs.
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Autism Friendly Initiatives
Autism Ireland has partnered with local companies and organisations to support Autism friendly initiatives that increase awareness and acceptance of the Autism community. A key focus is to promote community access for families affected by Autism.
Our partners include Lidl, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Dublin Zoo, Fota Wildlife Park, and Tayto Park.
These initiatives typically involve awareness training for staff, as well as practical on-site guidance and advice from our team of professionals on how to best adapt to the environment.
S.T.E.P. is a new programme that aims to reduce caregiver stress and improve family outcomes by providing a range of training and support programmes to parents and carers.
We completed our first, very successful set of trainings in late 2018 across Galway, Wexford, Cork, and Dublin. This first training series addressed behavioural concerns, covering the following topics.
- Understanding behaviour
- Prevention strategies
- Use of reinforcement
- Teaching skills and replacement behaviours
- Functional Communication
- Teaching your child to follow instructions
- Responding to difficult behaviour
- Anxiety & related behaviours
If you have a question or concern, please reach out to us!
We do our best to give each person, and each inquiry the time and attention it needs. You are always welcome to call us, but please keep in mind that unfortunately, the volume of calls we receive every day far exceeds our capacity to answer them.
The best way to reach us is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form to send us a message. This way, we will have a written record of your inquiry which means we can address your concern more quickly.
Once we receive your message, we will be sure to get back to you!