In January 2012, a group of parents of children with autism, disillusioned with the lack of autism support and services, decided to set up a support group for families affected by autism in Dublin and the surrounding counties. The aim of our group is to organise events for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents and their siblings and to provide whatever support we can to both pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis parents.
The name Snowflakes was chosen for our group because children with autism are like snowflakes – they are beautiful, each one is uniquely different and they are liable to meltdown at any time!
To date, we have provided services for over 400 children on the spectrum and their families. The numbers continue to grow week on week. The list of services that we provide include weekly social clubs for ASD children; monthly family days out to places like Dublin Zoo, Newbridge Farm and Fort Lucan, to name but a few; monthly support group meetings for parents; practical workshops for parents to assist them in their child’s development; a mobile library; workshops for siblings of children with ASD; an annual summer activities camp; subsidised Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Play Therapy.
In our short existence, we have brought much needed hope and positivity into the lives of families affected by autism.
Snowflakes Autism Support is a registered charity that is almost entirely funded by the fundraising efforts of its members, friends and family and is wholly run by a group of dedicated volunteers, who are themselves parents of children on the spectrum. Without this support, we could not provide the services and support that we do.
We are not funded in any way by the HSE or other government departments.