Autism Initiatives in Northern Ireland

Autism Initiatives is the largest voluntary sector provider of direct support services to children and adults with autism in Northern Ireland.

We were established in Northern Ireland in 2002 and have expanded rapidly. We now provide services to over 200 families and employ almost 250 staff. Our reputation as a flexible provider of high quality services has been instrumental in supporting this growth.


We work in close partnership with families and service users as well as other voluntary organisations and colleagues in the statutory sector. The Northern Ireland government is developing a strategy for autism services and Autism Initiatives are involved in all aspects of this. A key government target is to move people away from long stay hospitals and we have played a key role in providing supported living for some of these people.

The services we currently provide in Northern Ireland include:


Our flexible, practical Floating Support Service is Autism Specific and offers FREE support with:

  • Managing a Tenancy
  • Benefits, Budgeting & Paying Bills
  • Job Search & Application Forms
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Social Interaction
  • Student Lifeskills

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  • Belfast

  • Lisburn

  • Newcastle

  • Bangor

  • Armagh

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Health and Activities Programmes


Providing purposeful and enjoyable activities for adults with autism throughout the week. The aim of these services is to maximise the use of community facilities, and support service users to develop occupationally fulfilling lifestyles.

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Community Outreach services provide packages of support for individuals with autism in or from their own homes. Support delivered ranges from a few hours per week to more substantial daily input. Each package of support is unique to the individual. The focus of the support can include assistance in developing social skills, home-based skills or occupational support.

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Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland is committed to supporting and developing a volunteer network. The organisation does not exist to provide volunteering opportunities for their own sake but rather volunteer participation is valued because it helps the organisation to accomplish its mission in the most cost effective and engaging manner.

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Further information

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You can help support our charity here in Northern Ireland using our Online Donation Site: BT My Donate. Simply click the link or the image below to donate today.

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Key contacts

Administration Officer: Catherine O'Connor

For further details of Autism Initiatives in Northern Ireland, please contact us at:

Belfast Office
Office 1 & 2, Linden House,
Beechill Business Park,96 Beechill Road,
Belfast BT8 7QN,

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