Here at AsIAm, we understand accessing social inclusion, accessing employment and receiving support as an autistic adult in Ireland can be a challenge. Our new Adult Support and Wellbeing Programme aims to adopt a community development approach, striving to support autistic adults to develop self-advocacy and peer support skills, be included within their communities, have social relationships and friends, and avail of opportunities to become involved in community activities. Through a variety of informative classes, online social hours and creative activities, we hope to connect the adult autistic community in Ireland through passion, joy and fun!
To facilitate this programme, AsIAm sought opinions, experiences and testimonies from autistic adults, as well as parents and carers of autistic adults related to social needs, inclusion and opportunities via a nationwide survey. These responses have since informed the building of our new programme, where we aim to incorporate a mixture of online events and meet-ups, with in person peer support groups and activities.
The Adult Support and Wellbeing Programme is currently in the early stages of development. Please note that all organised events are in a preliminary and pilot phase. We hope to expand our capacity in the new year, after receiving feedback from the adult autistic community in Ireland.
This Programme is kindly funded by the The Eithne and Paddy Memorial Fund (https://www.fitzpatrickmemorial.org/).
The Adult Support and Wellbeing Programme is hosting fourteen events over the course of the final three months of 2021, combining a mixture of both in-person and online. We hope to increase our capacity for events in the new year with more in-person gatherings.
For the early stages of our programme, places are limited with a maximum of twelve participants for each event. The participants for the Self-Advocacy classes and social hours will be the same twelve participants for all events, to ensure consistency and quality of connection within the community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything further questions. Stay tuned for more information and confirmation of dates!