Thriving Autistic is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit committed to empowering and promoting the human rights of Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people through a transformative shift away from the traditional medical and charity models towards a human rights-based approach.
We are based in Ireland and work throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, and the global community.
Our mission is to advocate for the rights and dignity of Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent individuals by fostering inclusive communities, providing support services, and promoting the neurodiversity paradigm and the social model of disability.
We envision a world where:
Founded by Tara O'Donnell-Killen in 2020, Thriving Autistic became a registered non-profit in May, 2021 with the support of Jessica K. Doyle as co-director.
CEO: Tara O'Donnell-Killen
Administration Assistant: Joanie Moral
Head of Training: Claire O'Neill
We are deeply grateful to all of our funding partners who have supported our mission to promote the well-being and human rights of autistic and neurodivergent people. To date, we have received funds from the following sources:
Moving forward, we aim to secure additional government funding sources, enabling us to develop more programs that benefit the autistic community.
We believe in maintaining openness and transparency regarding our financial operations. Please follow this link to access the certified, revenue-filed accounts for our first year, up to April 2022. It's important to note that our directors and CEO serve in unpaid capacities, reflecting their commitment to Thriving Autistic's mission.
Thriving Autistic CLG is a registered non-profit organisation focused on promoting and protecting the human rights of Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent individuals. As such, we are not eligible to register as a charity under Irish law.
However, we are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical fundraising practices, and as such, we follow the principles and guidelines for best practice outlined by the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the public.
Our fundraising activities are carried out in an open, transparent, honest, respectful, and accountable manner, and are always underpinned by an appropriate legal framework.
If you would like to donate to support our work, please click here
Volunteer opportunities: We are currently seeking volunteers to support our mission in various areas, including fund grant writing, bookkeeping, advocacy outreach, social media, and media relations. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid opportunities: While we don't have funding for permanent or part-time positions at the moment, we are committed to promoting employment for neurodivergent practitioners through our free referral directory. We offer a platform to showcase your services at no cost to you. Click here to add a listing and join our community of professionals.
Our organization offers a range of programs and services to support Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent individuals and their families, including: