aspire - The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland
of aspire - The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, is to support
people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to lead full and independent lives.
aspire was established by a small number of parents in 1995 to provide support
for those with the syndrome and their families, and to encourage and undertake
research into the condition.
What is Asperger Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome a pervasive developmental disorder at the high functioning
end of the Autistic Spectrum. Individuals with the syndrome can experience
significant difficulties with social interaction, communication and flexible
People with the syndrome can be characterised by their impairments in social
situations as well as having stereotyped patterns of behaviour and obsessional
Many people with the syndrome have average intelligence or above but lack social
and communication skills as well as the ability to empathise and relate to others.
It has been suggested that the root of these issues lies with an inability to read
emotions in others and to understand their own feelings.
However, with the proper support and early intervention, people with AS can lead full
and productive lives.
Many famous people such as W.B. Yeats, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton are said to
have been affected by AS. In Ireland it is estimated that several thousand people
have the syndrome, with about nine times as many men affected as women.
Over the years, aspire has developed support, education and training services for
those affected by AS and their families. Full details of all our services and
activities can be found by visiting the Menu Links above or by downloading our
information leaflet for a quick overview.
aspire Information Leaflet
In order to expand the goals of the organisation, aspire has successfully completed
work on an ambitious three year Development Plan for 2007-2010. This plan related
to the creation and provision of new services to be offered by aspire, the improvement
and further development of existing ones and a focus on research and awareness
creation. Work is currently in progress towards the production of a new three year
Development Plan for the period 2010 - 2013.
aspire 2007-2010 Strategic Plan - Full
aspire encourages people to become members of the Association to support us and to
avail of many of our services. We also need your help in realising our objectives.
Please visit the Fundraising section listed in the Menu Links above to find out what
you, your friends or your organisation can do. a
The Aspire Management Structure/Committee
A voluntary committee elected every year at our Annual General Meetings, meet regularly
to manage the Association. aspire is a registered charity (CHY 11438) and a limited company
(incorporation no. 231996) and produces audited accounts every year.