It has been a crazy few weeks! I haven’t had the chance to blog personally and update everyone on our progress, so I am excited to be grabbing that opportunity now. Things are moving in a really positive way for AsIAm and we hope that the Autism community is beginning to see the fruits of our labour and we have another few exciting weeks ahead of us!
I had the great privilege of meeting last week with Noerine Kaleeba, a leading Uganda HIV AIDS activist, a Nana to Christopher, who has Autism, whose mum founded the Komo Center for Autism in Uganda.
It was really inspiring to hear about the work of Komo, and the challenges facing the Autism community in Uganda. It helps put the many societal challenges we face hear, in an international context. I gave Noerine an Irish claddagh as a symbol of friendship and hope to volunteer with the organisation in the coming months.
Twice in the last month, I have spoken at Laois Offaly Families for Autism Support Group Meetings, in Tullamore and Portlaoise. One of my favourite things to do is to go and meet amazing groups like LOFFA providing really valuable, brass tax supports on the ground at a local level. Hundreds of families have accessed peer support, therapies, social outlets and an advocacy network through their membership of LOFFA.
It was great to share my own experiences and beliefs with the groups and to receive such positive support for our work. I hope to maintain a very strong relationship with the group through our Liaison Officer for LOFFA, Mary Dunne.
I had a really great experience attending the Dublin Web Summit and F.ounders last week, as a guest social entrepreneur. It was really cool to see so many of the agenda-setters in the tech world willing to listen to our ideas and offer their support to social enterprises, like ourselves, which aim to use the internet for social goo
“The Great Bray Table Quiz”
Hats off to Bray Lions Clubs for all their work in organising “The Great Bray Table Quiz”, a 16 quiz competition in aid of AsIAm.ie. We are fortunate that so many pubs and venues in Bray are offering their space between now and March to host quizzes, which will culminate in a final of all the winning teams. All funds raised with go towards our schools programme and this is yet another example of how Bray Lions Club and the Lions Clubs of Ireland have been working to support our work, indeed the Cabinet of the Lions Club recently donated €3500 towards our work in Secondary Schools.
The next quiz will take place at 8:30pm in The Hibernia Inn on Wednesday 19th November – it would be great to see many of our users there!
We are very excited about the roll-out of our Secondary Schools programme in January 2015. We will train volunteers from across the Island, to deliver the workshop in their communities, on Saturday 22nd November in the Centre for Creative Practises on Pembroke Street.
We are delighted at the high quality volunteers who have already come forward, with volunteers ranging from people with Autism to family members and professionals, if you are interested in receiving training yourself please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s change young peoples attitudes towards people with Autism and make school a much happier space for those with the condition.
Upcoming Website Improvements
Keep a close eye on the website in the coming weeks as we prepare to unveil even more improvements!
We will keep some surprises, but you will see a major new interactive feature along with a mapping service of Autism support services and autism friendly organisations.
The week ahead will see me prepare our training for the schools programme, work further on developing the website and, most excitingly, visit Ballyowen Meadows School, the Autism school I attended from 1999-2001, to speak to current parents.
As always we would love to hear from any perspective volunteers or supporters, or any ideas you might like to share. Please email email@example.com.
Have a great week 🙂