What are our political views?
AsIAm does not support any one political party or ideology.
We work with every party and politician in Government and in Opposition to advocate on behalf of policies that meet the needs of Ireland’s autism community.
AsIAm never has and never will advocate a party political or ideological position.
Our team includes members of various political affiliations and opinions. We hope this attention to diversity is reflective of the equally diverse autism community around Ireland.
What is our relationship with the Government?
Along with self-advocates and other autism charities, we sit on a range of consultative and policy committees and fora including the HSE’s Autism Programme Board and liaise with a wide range of Government Departments to make sure they understand autistic people’s experiences better.
Government bodies do provide some funding towards our projects, such as the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) Grant from Pobal. AsIAm, along with other charities and community organisations, applies funding cycle for this Grant through an open, competitive process.
What is our relationship with TDs, Senators, and the Oireachtas?
AsIAm does not and never will favour one politician or political party over another in our campaigns.
We lobby each and every elected representative from across the divide in the Oireachtas. Autism is a whole-of-life condition that is experienced by individuals and families all over Irish society, regardless of their background, ethnicity, faith, gender or sexuality.
We believe that it is only fitting that the approaches we need to take to improve autistic lives should have a cross-party consensus. AsIAm will work with any and all elected representatives in that endeavour.
Equally, we think that every politician and party should be held to account over the decisions they make that will impact citizens’ lives. We will always push for greater community involvement, accountability and transparency throughout the decision-making process.
All of our lobbying records can be viewed here at the Register of Lobbying Returns’ website.