Aspire has offered support and information to people who have Asperger Syndrome and their families in Ireland since 1995.
Asperger Syndrome is a condition on the Autism Spectrum which impacts on the way that individuals with a diagnosis view the world, interact with others and communicate. While people who have Asperger Syndrome can have many talents and unique skills, they can experience challenges in forming relationships with others, managing anxiety, social exclusion and limited employment opportunities. Perhaps the most significant challenge is the ‘hidden’ element of the condition, which can make it difficult for others to understand the impact that Asperger Syndrome can have.
At Aspire, we believe that people who have Asperger Syndrome can do amazing things and work to increase understanding and ensure that individuals have the same access to opportunities as their peers.
- A daily helpline, which provides over 1500 people per year with AS, their families & professionals with support & information
- Aspire Productions is a social enterprise that provides paid work experience and career support to adults who have Asperger Syndrome
- Educational drama course, offering social & life skills to over 80 children & young adults who have AS between the ages of 6 & 24
- A Residential Unit, which provides full time support for two adults who have AS
- The Career Guidance programme, offering practical support to young adults, both in & out of education, to guide them in making smart, attainable & realistic educational & career decisions
- The Respite Family Support programme, offering families the services of a volunteer family support worker for up to 4 hours per week to provide a break for families and to compile a plan to get young people with AS engaged in community activities, with support from the volunteer assigned to them
- The Cara Connect Programmes, which links 10 teenagers who have AS with volunteer mentors to engage in monthly group social activities and weekly contact
- Workshops & training, which are provided to a wide range of professionals working with people with AS & their families
- Support to regional support groups to ensure that they are gaining any assistance that Aspire, as the National Organisation, can offer to maximise the contribution they make on a regional level to the families involved
- Relevant & up to date informational leaflets, documents & packs to provide to parties wishing to gain information about the condition & the supports that can be provided are developed
- A presence on social media
- A website, which is updated regularly with relevant information
- Lobbying to Government departments & other public bodies to offer guidance to policy makers
- Research, conducted to identify gaps in provision & how best to address these
For more information or to ask what Aspire can do for you, visit the website http://www.aspireireland.ie or call the helpline on 01 8780029.