Legal Advice, Wellbeing and Post-Diagnosis Support Programmes

Give Autistic people the #SameChance this World Autism Month

AsIAm is proud to announce the launch of three new support programmes for the autism community in 2022. These pilot support and advice programmes have been made possible through the support from KBC who selected AsIAm as their Charity Partner.

As these new supports are in pilot stage, spaces will be limited in the first year on a first come, first served basis. 

Legal Advice Programme 

AsIAm in Association with KOD Lyons is delighted to announce the launch of our in-house legal advice clinic, which offers a once-off free legal consultation to members of the autism community. 

The service will be provided by KOD Lyons who are a Human Rights Solicitors firm and are Ireland’s leading public interest and campaigning law firm. KOD Lyons have also recently launched a newly established education law team as well as being advocates for carers across a range of legal advice and services. 

To avail of the legal advice program you must be linked in with a member of the community support team who will make an assessment on your query.

Wellbeing Programmes

AsIAm – Autistic Teen Wellbeing Programme.

A Wellbeing Programme for Autistic Teenagers will be delivered in 4 separate, 1 hour sessions. Each session will focus on tips, strategies, and practical examples of how participants can identify, manage and regulate their anxieties/stress levels and will promote pro-active wellbeing to practice in everyday life. The sessions will be friendly, accepting, inclusive and relaxed.

The groups will start at different stages throughout 2022 and participants will have options to participate in the in-person (adhering to guidelines) or online programmes.

Each group has limited participants (max. of 6) and the programme will be delivered by Michael Ryan (PeaceofMind.ie) who is an accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist who will be supported by an AsIAm representative. 

Although all places for this support programme are currently filled, you can express interest for future places using the form below.

AsIAm – Parent/Guardian Wellbeing Programme.

A Wellbeing Programme for the AsIAm Parent Community will similarly be delivered by Michael Ryan in 4 separate, 1 hour sessions focusing on management of stress and anxiety. Participants will have a personalized plan at the end to have a future focus for ongoing wellbeing. Just as with the teenage groups, participants will have the option to attend in-person or online in accordance with guidelines.

 Each group has limited participants (max. of 6 families or 2 per family equalling 12 participants.)

All places for this support programme are currently filled: a new expression of interest form will be added when places become available

Post-Diagnosis Advice/Support Programme  

Post-Diagnosis Support and Advice Clinic for Adults

This 4-week programme will be a space to meet other Autistic adults, discuss the highs and lows of the diagnostic journey, and receive professional advice and support in a positive, supportive environment.

Overview of the programme:

Post-diagnostic guidance will include professional advice and information about your unique neurology, including strengths and areas where you might need support (such as sensory differences and strategies to accommodate them). There will be discussions about relevant services and therapies, coaching in self-advocacy and reasonable accommodations. This extends to disclosure in workplace, education and personal contexts. The end goal is self-acceptance and fostering of a positive Autistic identity, connecting with the Autistic community and finding peers.

This programme will be delivered by Thriving Autistic which is recently formed Irish non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the human rights of the Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent community. They are an Autistic led organisation who specialise in supporting recently diagnosed and self-identified Autistic adults along with parents of recently diagnosed Autistic children. The Thriving Autistic team are all neurodivergent psychologists, therapists, coaches, and educators. Services offered include individual therapy, group workshops, education, and workplace support. The guiding aim of the organisation is to support Autistic people and their families to live a full, thriving life. 

Post-Diagnosis Support and Advice Clinic for Families

Thriving Autistics will also deliver 4-week programme offering a space to meet other families of Autistic children, discuss the highs and lows of the diagnostic journey, and receive professional advice and support in a positive, supportive environment to help your family thrive.

This includes processing of the diagnosis and what it means for your family, learning about neurodiversity & the social model of disability, reframing deficits to differences  so you can embrace your child’s unique strengths & harness them for positive change. You will also be advised on how to collaborate with schools and support services. You’ll also learn to manage competing needs within the family (such as one person’s sensory needs differing to anothers’.) Finally the programme will help in fostering a positive Autistic identity and connecting your child with their neurodivergent peers.

All places for this support programme are currently filled: a new expression of interest form will be added when places become available

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