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aspire - The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland

The mission 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 thinking.

People with the syndrome can be characterised by their impairments in social situations as well as having stereotyped patterns of behaviour and obsessional interests. 

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. 

Our Services

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.

pdf 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.

pdf 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. 

Web: www.aspireireland.ie  

aspire - The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, Coleraine House, Carmichael Centre, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. Helpline Officer: 01 878 0027 | [email protected]
Education Officer: 01 878 0029 | [email protected]