AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism charity, has been chosen by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, to be its official charity partner in Ireland for 2022. AsIAm works to remove the barriers faced by autistic people, through its wide range of support, information and advocacy programs. The partnership with Marsh will enable them to sustain and expand this work.
It is estimated that one in 65 people in Ireland are autistic. This means that there are approximately 80,000 autistic people living in all parts of Ireland and some 300,000 immediate family members.
Speaking at the launch AsIAm founder and CEO, Adam Harris, said, “At AsIAm, we are delighted that Marsh have chosen us as their Charity Partner in Ireland for 2022”.
“This will go a long way in assisting us with our goals in the field of acceptance and inclusion for the autism community in Ireland. One in 65 Irish people are autistic and over 50 per cent of them experience bullying in education, 85 per cent experience unemployment and eight in 10 experience a mental health condition.
“Throughout Covid-19, AsIAm has seen a 300 per cent increase in queries from families. The autism community needs significant support to progress post Covid-19 which is why this charity partnership is so important at this time.”
Following World Autism Month in April, AsIAm have launched the Same Chance Campaign which aims to ensure that autistic people are afforded the same chance in every aspect of life, from going to school and making friends, to finding a job and accessing public services.
Marsh Ireland CEO, Patrick Howett, said of the partnership, “We are delighted to support AsIAm this year. Their campaigns and initiatives are driving meaningful change for the autism community. We hope to lend some dynamism to the work they’re doing in order for them to continue having a positive impact on communities and families all across the country.”
For more information, please visit www.AsIAm.ie
Autism was first formally classified in the 1940s and is as a neurodevelopmental condition which means that the way a person communicates, interacts and understands other people and the world, is different to those who do not have the condition.
AsIAm was founded in 2014 by CEO, Adam Harris, and is Ireland’s national autism charity.
It has 23 staff members, half of whom are on the autism spectrum.
The organisation is committed to supporting Ireland in becoming autism-friendly – that is a society where every autistic person is accepted and included in the 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).
Over the last year, AsIAm have:
- Provided direct support, guidance and advocacy to over 1,000 families across Ireland
- Delivered support and information to over 12,000 people across Ireland through AsIAm – SuperValu Community Support Webinars. Working in partnership with SuperValu, we have supported over 20,000 families to manage the return to the classroom with our “Bridge Back to School Resource”.
- Supported 2,000 people to explain their needs to others using our AsIAm ID card.
- Worked to educate the Government and communities on the needs of autistic people during the pandemic and advocated for reasonable accommodations to be made and for supports to be provided
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