Snowflakes is a volunteer run registered Charity in the North Dublin area for parents of children with autism and their siblings.
Snowflakes Autism Support is a registered charity that is
almost entirely funded by the fundraising efforts of its members,
friends and family. It is wholly run by a committee of dedicated
volunteers, who are themselves parents of children on the
spectrum. Our committee members volunteer their time when
able to do so, as some have full-time or part-time day jobs,
and all are carers to their children. Without this support, we could
not provide the events, services and support that we do. We rely
on the goodwill of our members to support the committee by
volunteering to help out with specific events throughout the year
and to fundraise on our behalf.
The next step in our evolution is establishing a Centre for Autism
Excellence, a one-stop-shop for autism needs from pre-diagnosis
to the transition to adulthood, providing much-needed job and life
skills to our ASD members. Most of our work to date has focused
on toddlers to pre-teens but as our children are growing older,
our organisation is evolving.
We would like to expand into offering services, support and training
for young adults in the community transitioning from education to
the workplace. A staggering 80% of autistic people are unemployed,
which is not only a terrible waste of talent but an active exclusion
of a whole tranche of society. This must change, and we would like
to pioneer this change. Facilitating all this from a single permanent
Centre for Autism Excellence provides a unique focal point for autism
services within the community, gives families with autism a one-stop
shop for their needs, and gives autistic children, our Snowflakes,
a place they can call their own.
Snowflakes are not funded in any way by the HSE or other government