Gáibhin is AsIAm’s Policy Officer. He joined the team in May 2017, and initially served as the organisation’s Information Officer, before taking on his current role in September 2018.
Gáibhin works closely within AsIAm’s Community Support team and with our partners from right across Ireland’s disability sector. From planning and collaborating on research into issues facing the autism community, to lobbying lawmakers to ensure they prioritise autism at a political level – his role is a diverse one with equally varied responsibilities.
Some of his key projects with AsIAm include developing our Understanding Autism Handbook for Public Servants; coordinating the first study into reduced timetables amongst autistic school children in Ireland; representing the organisation on advisory panels investigating special education reform; and managing our #HealthierHappierLives campaign during the 2020 General Election.
Originally from Belfast and a BA (joint honours) graduate in English and politics from Queen’s, and a 2016 alumni of the Washington Ireland Program, the move to Dublin to work with AsIAm was a perfect fit for Gáibhin. As a young person on the spectrum himself, Gáibhin has volunteered extensively with local advocacy and support groups for Belfast’s autistic community, namely with Orchardville and the National Autistic Society.
In his downtime, Gáibhin is an unabashed bibliophile and pin collector, with a special interest in Dracula, WB Yeats, witchcraft, and anything queer-related. He might just write a book of his own one day, but prefers reviewing other people’s on his blog for now.
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