AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, is pleased to announce that we are now issuing Autism ID cards to autistic children and adults. You can apply for your card today using the form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the card?
In order to cover the cost of admin, printing and equipment we’ll be issuing a €20 charge.
How long will it take to receive a card?
We’re currently working out shipping estimates. We expect that you will receive your card within 21 days of application.
How long will the cards be valid for?
The Card will be valid for three years for children and five years for adults. Cards will be allocated on an individual basis and will cost €20.00 each for all ages.
What will this card do for the child/adult who has a diagnosis of autism? (e.g. in queues, airports, etc.)
The Card will serve as a proof of diagnosis when interacting with service providers. These include public servants and those working in private businesses. Any supports provided are at the service’s discretion. It does not automatically entitle cardholders and or their companions to discounts or preferential treatment over other customers, though AsIAm is currently in talks with a number of businesses and service providers to provide supports and benefits to cardholders.
What do I need to provide when applying for my card?
In order to be eligible for an Autism ID Card, proof of diagnosis will be required. There will be several forms of acceptable documents for this, such as an assessment report’s front page or a letter from a clinician confirming one’s diagnosis of autism. These may be scanned and uploaded in the initial application. They will be appropriately destroyed as soon as the card is produced and will not be re-used or shared with any third party.
We will also require a picture of the applicant, with guidelines set in the application process.
Is this only available for applicants living in the Republic of Ireland?
All residents of Ireland, including those living in Northern Ireland, may apply for and use the Autism ID Card.
We will accept a diagnosis from any resident of the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland. However, we must stress that recognition of the document is at the discretion of the service.
Background to the card
This initiative arises from a large number of queries and requests we have received from members of the public since the closure of Autism Ireland on 28th February 2019. In response to this, we recently undertook a consultation with the autism community and relevant commercial partners to explore the viability of such a scheme and ideas on how ID Cards should be issued and managed.
The organisation received a large number of responses to our community survey and this has informed our decision and planned approach to the scheme. Overall, there was huge support for the concept of an Autism ID Card among children, families and autistic adults. Our survey found that:
- 76% of people felt that a proof of diagnosis in the form of a doctor’s note should be required;
- Over 50% of people felt that the most important requirement for honouring the card was to have staff who practiced inclusive behaviours and had a level of autism awareness training;
- 37% of those who took the survey believed that an ID card should be valid for more than one year to make it more affordable and cost effective;
- In order to protect from misuse/abuse, 48% believe it is essential to have a photo of the person on the card.
We have launched a new initiative which we believe is suitably overseen to avoid abuse, as well as structured in such a way so that autism community members can access it easily and affordably.
A basic explanation will be printed on the card, identifying the cardholder as autistic. It will go on to ask for providers presented with the card to support the holder’s needs by being calm, patient and clear. Translations in French and Spanish will feature beneath the English.
The Autism Europe logo will also feature on the card as a helpful aid for cardholders and their families travelling abroad.
We are hugely excited by this programme’s potential for supporting autistic self-advocacy as well as aiding public services and businesses who wish to offer additional supports for autistic clients and customers.