What People Say
Service User Comments
"I learned something new and got more confident with skills like communication." Male, Aged 23
'I think (being on the project) helped me understand more and to be more confident with giving my opinion." Male, Aged 16
Comments from Parents at our Support Groups
"My son was diagnosed with Autism in May 2011 and at that time ... I contacted Autism NI and enquired about any local support groups. Since that call, it took a week to set up my own support group which the Family Support Officer was more than happy to help with. Since the group started, I have found out so much information from other parents."
"Lisburn Support Group is a life saver, not only after first diagnosis when you need someone who has first hand experience of coping with a child with Autism, but also during what seems to be long summer months. Without the locally organised summer scheme and trips which our local committee effectively organises, it would be a nightmare for our children and for us parents."
"Being a member of a positive and supportive Autism NI Support Group allows a parent/carer to understand and accept the reality of Autism as well as empowering and supporting them ... to enable their child to reach their full potential."
Comment from a Parent about our RAFT Service
"I have just finished a 6 week program from the RAFT Team. This program has been totally invaluable to my family, and without sounding over dramatic it has honestly been life-changing from the first two weeks. To have someone to talk to openly and honestly about the daily struggles of a child with Autism and not to feel judged but genuinely supported was amazing."
Comments from Professionals
"The help and support and advice of our major autism charity, Autism NI, along with that of the other autism charities has been invaluable in bringing forward this bill. I thank the members of the Health Committee, along with the members of the All-party Group on Autism, for their support to date and look forward to their continued support as the bill progresses through the remainder of its stages."
Dominic Bradley (SDLP, Newry and Armagh)
"The most effective lobby of politicians that took place was the parents of children with Autism coming up to the assembly and bringing their children with them and allowing them to explain first hand to us how the whole government system had failed them and what was required regarding changes around legislation actually effectively help these children and help future generations of children with Autism. This was definitely the most effective lobby group there has been in 7-8 years of the existence of this assembly." Jonathan Craig (DUP, Lisburn)
"People with Autism have suffered in silence for a very long time however Autism NI has given individuals with ASD and their carers a voice in fighting for their rights of access to care and support. Autism NI not only have the person with Autism at heart but their family and carer also." Alex Easton MLA (DUP, North Down)
"People with Autism have long-suffered from a service deficit here in Northern Ireland and it is great to see firsthand the fantastic support that Autism NI provide to people with Autism and their families." Margaret Ritchie former MP (SDLP, South Down)
"The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety consider that Autism NI's ASD Training Service offers an excellent resource for organisation and individuals working with children and adults with ASD. We commend this service!" DHSS&PS
"Westminster recognises Autism NI as the National Autism organisation of Northern Ireland and commends the organisations innovative work responding to families with ASD." Early Day Motion 467
"Autism NI is a genuine trailblazer - it provides invaluable support to families with young children from the time when they are awaiting diagnosis to preschool training. It knows that early intervention is vital for children with Autism and has worked tirelessly to ensure these families get the attention and support they need." Niall Dickson - Chief Executive of the Kings Fund