Leading autism charity AsIAm and AIB announce three-year partnership  

AsIAm AIB Partnership

 

 

 

 

01 December 2022

AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism charity, and AIB have today announced a three-year partnership to help make Ireland a more autism-friendly society. 

AsIAm works to create a society in which every autistic person is accepted as they are; equal, valued and respected. It aims to make Ireland the world’s most autism-friendly country by addressing the societal barriers to inclusion. The organisation provides direct support to Autistic people and families with over 3,000 people supported by the Autism Information Line and over 1,000 people accessing group-based supports in the last year. 

As Ireland’s leading financial services provider with 2.8 million customers in communities across Ireland, AIB is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse organisation that supports its customers and creates an environment in which the bank’s employees can develop and thrive.  

AIB will be supporting AsIAm to roll out more support services to autistic people in Ireland, while AsIAm will work with AIB’s Abilities Network to establish training and supports that will help make AIB more accessible for customers, colleagues and job candidates.  

Announcing the partnership today, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Adam Harris, the founder and CEO of AsIAm, said: “We are so excited to be partnering with AIB to help remove barriers for Autistic people in order to give our community the same chance to participate in every aspect of Irish society. AIB is an organisation committed to the community and this partnership will support our work in communities across Ireland whilst also building the capacity of AIB to access and support Autistic talent.

 

“We are excited to roll out understanding autism training across the bank whilst also tapping into the huge expertise of the bank in our goal to end Autistic unemployment. We recognise inclusion is about the whole family and that is why we are also looking forward to supporting AIB employees who are parents and family members of Autistic people. Announcing this strategic partnership is a great way for us to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities”

AIB earlier this year became the first bank to receive the Gold Investors in Diversity mark from the Irish Centre for Diversity, as well as being the largest employer and the 7th company in Ireland to achieve the standard.   

Colin Hunt, AIB Group Chief Executive said: “As a business, employer and neighbour, AIB is embedded in local communities through our people and our presence in towns and villages across the country.  We aim to be inclusive and diverse in terms of how we meet the needs of our customers and employees. We also seek to work closely with local communities through our programme of partnerships with a particular focus on sustainability, education and financial inclusion. We look forward to working closely with AsIAm and supporting its empowerment of autistic people over the next three years.’’ 

AIB has also partnered with a number of other organisations providing services in communities across the country including Food Cloud, GOAL, Junior Achievement Ireland, numerous educational institutions and over 70 charities supported by the AIB Community €1 Million Fund which was launched this year. 

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