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AsIAm Launch ‘Say Yes Day’ Appeal to Raise Vital Funds

As autism acceptance month comes to a close, the national autism charity of Ireland AsIAm, supported by SuperValu, is launching ‘Say Yes Day’ which will take place on Friday 23rd April. The aim of the day is to raise urgent funds to help the 1 in 65 autistic people and their families  in need of vital supports during this time. 

‘Say Yes Day’ will go beyond raising necessary funds and aims to ensure autism understanding and acceptance will be at the forefront throughout the year and not just in April. This will go a long way in improving the current stats that show 50% of autistic people experience bullying, 85% experience unemployment and 8 in 10 experience a mental health condition, much of these issues are a result of social exclusion. 

What do we want people to do on April 23rd: 

  • Text AsIAm to 50300 to donate €4 (Texts cost €4. AsIAm will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provide: LIKECHARITY. Helpline 076 6805278)
  • Then post a picture of yourself/record a video with a raised palm with the word “Yes” written on it on your social channels 
  • Include a caption saying: Say Yes to Autism Acceptance.   

Covid-19 has taken a toll on the fundraising efforts of AsIAm while simultaneously causing a 280% increase in queries to the service across the country.  The past year has been extremely difficult for people on the autism spectrum, – the loss of routine, the closure of support services and the anxiety inducing news cycle has taken a severe toll which is why this fundraising effort is vital at this time. 

Commenting on ‘Say Yes Day’ CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris said, “Each year, throughout Autism month we aim to raise funds that will ensure we can provide much needed services throughout the year, with Covid—19 this has been more difficult than ever this year. With ‘Say Yes Day’ we hope people will dig deep and say yes to both donating to AsIAm and also to autism acceptance. We want ‘Say Yes Day’ to ensure autism month is just the beginning and autism acceptance is promoted all year round.’

Ian Allen, Managing Director of SuperValu said, ‘We’re proud of the work we do with AsIAm to make our stores and communities more autism-friendly and inclusive. Through our partnership we have seen the invaluable work AsIAm do for the autisic community and the essential services they provide. For the first ever ‘Say Yes Day’ we encourage people in communities around Ireland to join us and Say Yes to Autism Acceptance and donate to AsIAm to help them to continue to provide services to the autism community.”

AsIAm carry out work in two key areas: Community Support (advice, guidance, advocacy) and capacity building within the autism community and Training and Accreditation (working with businesses, public services and communities to help them become more inclusive). The funds raised from ‘Say Yes Day’ will go towards providing vital services including support, guidance and advocacy to families all over Ireland, public autism education programmes and specific supports to families post Covid with the struggle of returning to normal. In addition, AsIAm will continue to educate the government and communities on the needs people living with autism have and advocate for reasonable supports to be provided both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. 

As part of ‘Say Yes Day’, AsIAm is asking the public to donate on asiam.ie/donate  and share #Sayyesday on social channels. In addition, people can still help develop their understanding of autism by picking up a “SAY YES TO AUTISM ACCEPTANCE” GUIDE in their local SuperValu stores across Ireland. 

10 ways you can help to say Yes to Autism Acceptance:

  1. Being clear
  2. Being patient
  3. Reaching out
  4. Being aware of the sensory environment
  5. Fill in the gaps
  6. Being accepting
  7. Watch your language 
  8. Challenge stigma and bullying
  9. Listening and learning
  10. Seeing our abilities

*Texts cost €4. AsIAm will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provide: LIKECHARITY. Helpline 076 6805278

by - 21 April, 2021

Last updated by - April 21, 2021

in Autism, Autism Acceptance, COVID-19, Fundraiser

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