AsIAm aims through our work to provide a one-stop-shop for the Autism community in Ireland. From providing the public and those with the condition a portal of information about Autism, to providing a platform for people affected by Autism to share their stories and views, to providing a strong voice for the concerns of the community. Our work can be broken into the following categories.
Educate – We hope, through increasing and improving accessibility of information, to equip autistic people and their families with a better understanding of autism. This includes information resources on relevant steps towards diagnosis, education, support and employment. Additionally we hope to articulate and effectively communicate issues of concern in the autistic community to those working with people with the condition and the general public and ultimately help to build a more informed and understanding society.
Empower – We passionately believe in providing those in the our community with the tools to reach their potential. We believe that for too long those with Autism have been told what their needs are and what to do about them. We aim to be a user-led initiative, developing projects and campaigns based on the issues brought forward by our users, additionally we hope that through providing a platform we can help community members speak up about their concerns and to raise attention of issues of concern in their own lives.
Training- Building on the empowerment of autistic people, we hope to provide educators, businesses and service-providers with the skills and knowledge to become Autism-Friendly.
Advocate – Acting as a hub for the Autism community in Ireland we hope to be able to draw on common areas of concern raised by our users and to develop public awareness and policy campaigns around these issues
Community – We aim to provide a safe, pleasant space for the autistic community to share experiences, concerns and ideas with others with similar experiences, breaking down the geographical and social isolation which has for so long plagued many autistic people and their families.