AsIAm.ie aims to provide a central point for information on available supports for the Autism community in Ireland. AsIAm work with all levels of education from primary to third level as well as businesses and advocacy issues on a policy level.
Both Specialisterne Ireland and AsIAm share responsibility in supporting adults on the autism spectrum throughout their lives. Given the continued issues autistic adults face in seeking employment, this partnership is more crucial than ever. Specialisterne Ireland are extremely fortunate to have Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm.ie on their board to offer lived experience of autism.
Specialisterne Ireland are proud to have forged a relationship with Aspire Productions, a media production company who produce high quality and affordable media products for a range of clients. The staff at Aspire Productions envisage an autism friendly media industry which aims to enable people on the autism spectrum to develop essential skills needed for media creation.
Aspire Productions, where appropriate, have agreed to provide Specialisterne candidates with voluntary work experience in their area of interest when such experience is available. In return, Specialisterne will conduct ‘’Careers Development’’ sessions with Aspire Production’s candidates where they can incorporate their new work experience into interview answers.
Galway Autism Partnership was set up in 2011 by a group of proactive parents and adults on the autism spectrum to offer information and general support to the Autism community.
GAP aims to provide information for families and individuals living with ASD including general information, available supports and interventions beneficial to their members.
GAP aims to support all aspects on the lives of those on the autism spectrum and run services which can improves the lives of their members e.g. sports, recreation.
Specialisterne Ireland were delighted to partner with GAP in 2018 to enable one of our animation candidates to design and build from the ground an animation club in the Galway office for GAP members aged 12-18. This initiative was a huge success not only for the club and organisation but gave our candidate fantastic experience.
We look forward to working with GAP on future projects.
The Open Doors Initiative works with business, government and NGOS to create employability for marginalised groups as these groups face higher barriers to employment than most others.
Specialisterne Ireland are delighted to partner with Open Doors Initiative to improve employment prospects for our mutual candidate base which include individuals on the autism spectrum and those with dyspraxia, dyslexia and ADHD.
The Aspect A.S. Support Service provides support and intervention to adults who are over 18 years of age, finished in second level education, and have a primary diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (A.S.)/ASD Non-ID. Aspect is funded by the HSE and currently has over 500 clients throughout Cork and Kerry.
The Aspect model of service is underpinned by client choice, maximising independence, confidentiality, personal and social development, health and well-being, active citizenship, and active service involvement. Aspect staff are experienced professionals who provide specialised support and intervention to clients.
More information on the Aspect A.S. Support Service can be found here: http://corkautism.ie/aspect/
Aspect have proven to be a great support to Specialisterne, especially in the Cork area. Specialisterne often receive referrals for potential candidates from Aspect, where the Aspect client feels that they would be a good match for our services. Specialisterne then work with these clients offering Interview Skills programmes and, in some cases, providing interview opportunities within our partner companies.
ADHD Ireland supports people living with ADHD in Ireland to make their lives better. The charity provides up-to-date information, resources and networking opportunities for adults with ADHD, parents of children with ADHD, and the professionals who serve them. Contact ADHD Ireland at www.ADHDIreland.ie or on 01 8748349.
Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland was established as The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland in 1995 by parents and family members of children with dyspraxia/DCD. The organisation now operates under the name, “Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland” delivering a range of supports and services to young people and adults with dyspraxia/DCD and their families and supporters. Dyspraxia Ireland also works with a broad range of professionals such as teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, and employers who support people with dyspraxia/DCD.
Specialisterne Ireland are delighted to partner with Dyspraxia Ireland. More information on Dyspraxia Ireland can be found here: https://www.dyspraxia.ie/