Mission, Vision & Values

Our Ethos

"Autism NI is a parent led partnership organisation having been formed to promote positive collaboration between parents, professionals and individuals with Autism to address the need for appropriate services.  This partnership ethos extends to the charities promotion of a multi disciplinary, cross agency response to issues such as assessment, diagnosis and early intervention.  The charity's mission to support parents and individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder is core to its work and is based on individualised assessed need.  The charity is committed to promoting best practice, accessible to all irrespective of family circumstances."

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Our Mission 

Autism NI exists to support individuals with Autism and their families and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society.

We innovate in response to changing times of increased diagnosis, forging links between, and advising  service providers. Where there is innovation for Autism in Northern Ireland, behind the scenes you will always find Autism NI.

Autism NI has had the pleasure of accommodating some of the most famous speakers on Autism in the world. To mention just a few of the famous speakers we have welcomed to Northern Ireland in our short history:

Our Vision

Our vision is an equal society in Northern Ireland where barriers to those living with Autism are removed and equality of access to rights and opportunities protected and enforced. 

Core Values

  • reliable (always doing what we say we will)
  • excellence (striving for excellence and quality)
  • honesty (in all our dealings and maintaining the highest integrity)
  • equality (all stakeholders are respected)
  • culture of learning (we value learning and feedback for service improvement)
  • forward thinking (endurance and innovation in our practice)

From these core values, we ensure:

  • integrity and respect in reputation
  • innovation and excellence in practice
  • a positive and passionate organisation
  • inspiring leadership
  • consistency and endurance in adversity

Our Aims

In 1990 when the charity was formally constituted the following aims were agreed by the founding parents and professionals. They remain true today:-

  • Promote the welfare of people with Autism
  • Raise the awareness of Autism with politicians, policy makers, service providers and the general public
  •  Provide information to carers and professionals
  • Provide training for professionals
  • Promote quality assurance standards
  • Be a pressure group
  • Develop and maintain local support groups (branches) in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties
  • Forge and maintain links with Worldwide Autism
  • Be the association and voice for Autism in Northern Ireland
  • Work in partnership with a range of voluntary, private and statutory agencies
  • Fundraise
  • Offer family support
  • Encourage research into Autism
  • Promote relevant services for children, young people and adults with Autism

Organisation name: Autism NI (PAPA)

Northern Ireland Charity Commission Number: NIC100240

Charity Number: XR22944

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