Aspire is the Autism Spectrum Association of Ireland. We are a national organisation and registered charity that was established in 1995 by a group of parents, to support individuals with a diagnosis of aspergersyndrome (ASD), a type of autism on the autism spectrum. Today we do not categorise autism (AS) in the same way.
We are still supporting our aspergers community but we are expanding our remit to support the broader autistic community.
At Aspire we operate a family inclusive model and aim to support and assist both the autistic individual and their support network. We advocate on behalf of autistic people and provide them with the tools to advocate for themselves.
We manage a Residential Service, where we assist individuals in gaining independent living skills. We apply a person centred model and support community engagement.
We operate a Social Enterprise, called Aspire Productions. This is a media production company that provides paid employment, opportunities, support, training and engagement for adults with ASD / AD.
We run a number of social meet up groups and support programmes for both adults and youths.
We provide training and support to schools, colleges, workplaces and community services.
We provide resources, easy read guides and information to assist the autistic person and their family.
” I found a way to connect with my son on a whole new level”
We at Aspire rely on you and your donations to help us support autistic individuals, their families and the community. Your donations contribute to the running of programmes, training and workshops.
Corporate donations have a momentous impact in helping provide the financial sustainability of Aspire. These donations help us to provide services to our community and to the people who need it most.
We need your donations to continue to make a difference, whatever you can afford to donate is greatly appreciated by Aspire.
You can donate to Aspire in a number of ways:
At Aspire, we are lucky to have an incredibly hard working team. We currently have twelve employees spread across the three sectors of our organisation. Our team is made up of both neurotypical and neurodiverse members.
Our employees are the backbone of our organisation, without whom we would not be able to provide the services and level of care we deliver. We operate a succession system and believe in nurturing and supporting our staff to grow and develop their skill set to their full potential.