Who We Are

Autism-Europe aisbl is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of autistic people and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.

It ensures effective liaison among almost 90 member autism organisations from 40 European countries, including 26 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions.

Autism-Europe plays a key role in raising public awareness, and in influencing the European decision-makers on all issues relating to the rights of autistic people.

Self-advocates and parents play a central role in our organisation to ensure that the views and interests of persons with autism are adequately reflected in our work.

We are recognised by the European institutions as the voice of autistic people and their families in Europe. To maximise our impact on the European Union’s policies, Autism-Europe also works in strategic coalitions with organisations that share the same concerns and goals.

We are also regularly consulted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and cooperate with the United Nations (UN). Autism-Europe also enjoys a participative status (for non-governmental organisations) with the Council of Europe and in July 2002 lodged a collective complaint with the European Committee of Social Rights, becoming the first disability NGO to undertake such action.

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This leaflet provides an overview of Autism-Europe’s mission, work, achievements and contact details.


AsIAm, Ireland’s Autism Charity, since our foundation in 2014, has been a leading organisation in the area of human rights, equality and advocacy. Since our inception we have engaged in a number of key policy submissions, producing several key reports and engaging in a number of key campaigns which aim to change attitudes and people’s understanding of autism. Our approach is to take a rights-based, empathetic and inclusive approach to advocating for an inclusive society for autistic people which is accessible, accepting and affirming. As Ireland’s Autism Charity and as an Autistic-led organisation, AsIAm runs campaigns, produces reports and policy submissions, and makes representations both in committees and across the media highlighting issues which Autistic people and the wider community experience.

This work also communicates what needs to change to help build a more equal and inclusive society for Autistic people and families. We also seek to inform the public on policies and practices which affect Autistic people and our families, and to build public understanding of autism to support Autistic people to have the same chance to fully take part, belong, and be included in all aspects in Irish society.