Adam’s Blog: What a few weeks!
I am all too aware that I have not gotten to sit down and write a blog for the site for a number of weeks – really for all the right reasons! Between writing articles for the site, preparing our video, travelling to the UK and finalising dates and venues for our launch it has been a hectic and yet very rewarding few weeks.
I have been very happy with the increased rates of traffic and number of articles on the site recently. We will be hoping and working post-launch, post-WAAD to increase the numbers of people writing and also concentrating on getting the interactive sections of the site going – from profiles and group pages to forum threads and comments. That is what makes this site different and that is what we need YOU to play your part in.
It is great too to see the ongoing interest in the site – we keep getting more and more booking for schools talks, group visits and people looking to get involved! This gives us a great boost as we look forward to our first World Autism Day as an organisation and also as I prepare to travel to Morocco, New York and Algeria to pitch the concept internationally over the coming months.
I hope you have got a chance to see the video? It wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of Nick Kelly and Susan Gleeson but we now have a product we can use to pitch our work to others – please do check it out below and consider sharing it with as many people as possible. Hopefully this will be the first of many video projects for our organisation
Just 2 weeks ago, I was in the UK to hand-over the title of “Lions Club Young Ambassador of the 21st Century” for Ireland and Britain. It was lovely to catch up with all the leading Lions who have been such great supporters of the project to date. As always, I left with new ideas, more donations and more energy behind AsIAm.ie. In fact, Lions Clubs International have been such an amazing supporter of our work I am delighted to have agreed to become a Lion.
I also was at the NCSE Consultative Forum meeting recently where we were working on the policy advice document they have been asked to produce for the Minister in the area of the education of people with Autism. I was delighted to contribute to the lively discussions and to hear the many views and perspectives represented. I was also delighted to bring forward users views on the area of isolation rooms. I will now write a more detailed document on my views on the education of people with Autism (to submit to the NCSE) which, as always, I will try and ensure they are your views! I will be looking for your opinions on a whole range of areas, for this purpose, on the site in the next few days!
My final bit of work recently has been to finalise the details of the AsIAm.ie launch! Our invites are only going out tomorrow so if I were to reveal the details here I would be killed! However I look forward to posting them here in the coming days and to providing an opportunity for our users to apply to attend! It will be a very exciting event!
As always please do stay in touch and do get involved,