Autism Ireland’s mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism through ensuring the provision of highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities in partnership with families.
Help us to be a voice for those who have none.
Autism Ireland was formed in 2001 to support families and bring positive change into the lives of those affected by autism. Our organization provides information to families in relation to diagnosis, access to services, and education and intervention options.
We also provide training to schools, service providers, corporate bodies and various other community organizations to increase awareness and acceptance, and improve community access for those affected by autism. In 2018, we launched our S.T.E.P programme: Supporting, Training, and Empowering Parents, and initiated work on a very important project aimed at developing resources to support the transition from secondary school to adulthood.
As a charity that currently 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.
Most recent statistics suggest that 1 in 65 people are affected by autism; a staggering statistic revealing the scale of the issue in Ireland today. Autism Ireland is striving to address 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 Irish Autism Awareness Day, 8 years after the United Nations declared and supported the first ever World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism Ireland strives to create a more autism-aware, and autism-friendly society for the many people living with Autism in Ireland today.