Who We Are

Autism-Europe is an international association that aims to advance the rights and improve the quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Founded in 1983, Autism-Europe is based in Brussels, Belgium, and operates as an umbrella organisation that brings together nearly 90 member organisations from 40 European countries.

The organisation focuses on advocating for the rights of individuals with autism and promoting the understanding and acceptance of autism in society. Autism-Europe works towards creating a more inclusive environment for people with autism by raising awareness, influencing policies, and supporting research and best practices in the field of autism.

www.autismeurope.org/who-we-are

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.

www.asiam.ie/who-we-are