AsIAm is committed to an Ireland where every member of the Autism Community can fully participate and thrive. We believe a key part of this is ensuring front-line public services such as transport services, emergency services and public offices have an understanding of the condition and are able to ensure that their services are accessible to the needs of those with the condition.

Too often, the accessibility needs of people with Autism in areas such as communication and sensory processing are overlooked. We want to change this and, with the support of the National Disability Authority and the Department of Justice and Equality, we have been working to train frontline public services to become more Autism-Friendly.

To date we have provided several training courses, including 2-day multi-agency training events as well as agency specific training sessions. To date, we have welcomed participants from a wide variety of agencies, including:

  • An Garda Siochana
  • The Irish Prison Service
  • The Courts Service of Ireland
  • The Probation Service
  • Irish Rail
  • Bus Eireann
  • Dublin Bus
  • Coillte
  • National Ambulance Service
  • Kildare County Council
  • Dublin City Council
  • Public Appointments Service
  • Local Government Management Agency
  • Revenue Commission

We are continuing to provide this training on an ongoing basis and also are preparing to launch an online version to increase the number of staff we can engage – we expect to launch this platform in the coming weeks