Who we are
Learn about The Irish Society for Autism
A profile of our organisation
The Irish Society for Autism was created in 1963, and has long campaigned for the cause of Autism in Ireland and Worldwide. We are the longest established specialist service for people with Autism in Ireland. The Society was formed with the goals of creating awareness about Autism, and convincing the authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly enhance the quality of life for people with Autism.
Since 1963 the Irish Society for Autism has been providing information for thousands of people, parents, families, educators, students and health care workers. We have helped to establish residential services for adults with Autism in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Wexford.
The Irish Society for Autism is a founder member of Autism Europe and the World Autism Organisation. The Executive Director, Pat Matthews, was the first President of the World Autism Organisation.
Our work & key milestones
First EU Charter approval by the European Parliament.
People of the Year awarded to Pat & Nuala Matthews for their commitment to Autism.
World Autism Organisation Founded. Pat Matthews First President.
Opening of Sarshill House, Wexford and the purchase of Cluain Farm, Kinnegad. The development of two new services by the I.S.A represents the commitment of the organisation to respond positively to the needs of people with Autism.
Official Opening of Dunfirth Farm by President McAleese.
The Report of the Task Force on Autism. Pat Matthews was a member of the Task Force.
First World Autism Awareness Day.
Address the United Nation. Pat Matthews briefed the UN Public Information Services on Autism and Human Rights. Attendees represented National and International N.G.O’s working with the United Nations.
Book launched. Reflections Contributions from parents, professionals and people with Autism.
The Irish Society for Autism celebrates its 50th anniversary.