Starting the Autism Journey Download PDF Guide here Autism has enjoyed greater visibility and awareness in Ireland in recent years. There is nevertheless some uncertainty exists around around how a parent or guardian would go about having their child assessed for autism. Uncertainty also exists across wider society over what language is appropriate to use when talking about and to those on the autism spectrum. Produced by Ireland’s National Autism Charity, AsIAm have today published the first of three resource packs for parents/guardians starting, or exploring, the journey behind getting an autism assessment for their child. The idea behind this resource came from the high volume of families contacting AsIAm daily looking for information and support on getting an autism assessment. This resource pack offers parents/guardians the knowledge and qualified knowhow in starting the journey towards an assessment for their child. The guide provides insights on ‘what is autism’, the professionals encountered on an assessment journey, and clarity around what to say when we are talking about autism and the experiences of autistic people.