What We Do
Autism Ireland was formed in 2001 to bring positive change into the lives of those affected by autism. The range of services which Autism Ireland provides include raising awareness, information on education & intervention support, advocacy, counselling, home based support, research information and advice for families. As a charity that does not receive any government funding, our annual income is raised through a variety of different fundraising events and projects. The charity is therefore very dependent upon the generosity of the general public and without this support, we would not be able to continue to provide this vital support to families throughout Ireland. 1 in 100 people are affected by autism. This staggering statistic provides some idea of the scale of the issue in Ireland today. Autism Ireland is striving forward in addressing this by lobbying a national campaign for the government to commit to a national strategy on autism. In 2016, Autism Ireland managed to secure the support of the government to back the first ever Autism Awareness Day, 8 years on from the first ever World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd 2008 declared and supported by the United Nations. Autism Ireland are looking to create a more autism aware and friendly society to provide better support and respect for the 276,000 people in Ireland living with autism.
Information and support service:
We receive more calls to our office than we can physically answer. This is due to the number of calls we get and indeed the length of time a call can take. For this reason, we would prefer and appreciate if you contact us by e mail: email@example.com. This way, we have a record of your concern / query and some understanding of the issue at hand.
Autism ID Membership Card
The Autism ID card allows the person with autism to become a member of Autism Ireland and the card identifies the person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The card is accepted and helpful to support the Child or Adult in Dublin Airport and other airports in Ireland each one has its own autism friendly guide. The card is also recognized by many other state bodies and organisations. Click Here to apply
Advocacy – Individual and National:
Autism Ireland is contacted every day by individuals seeking representation and support on a broad range of issues. For more information on the type of Advocacy support we can offer please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Ireland also acts as a national voice for the autism community to guide and influence public policy on autism. While substantial service gaps remain in public services in the area, only a strong collective voice can direct government to appropriate solutions. Point 2 of Autism Ireland Five Point Vision plan is calling for a national Autism Ireland Strategy which will put a plan in place from the time of diagnosis that provides life long care to the individual and famlily
This support is available to families in crisis. The reasons for these crises are diverse and varied, and the outreach effort is customised to help the particular situation. The ever changing nature of the problem creates a growing knowledge base amongst the team, which typically helps to find solutions to other families, encountering similar problems. For more information please email email@example.com
Autism Friendly Campaigns:
Autism Ireland has partnered with a number of companies and
organisations to help try and create a more
autism friendly environment these include Lidl,
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Dublin Zoo and Tayto Park. The organisations are keen to make their facilities more autism friendly, they approached Autism Ireland to help them achieve that. For more information on how to make your company more Autism Friendly please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Ireland runs a number of training programmes. Autism Ireland has developed and delivered a wide array of training programmes. For more information please email email@example.com