has been involved in the field of autism for almost 20 years, she has been working and advocating with and for families both voluntary and professionally, as well as delivering and presenting at workshops and conferences in Ireland. Geraldine was awarded a certificate in Management in the Community & Voluntary Sector from National College of Ireland in 2000, a Masters in Equality Studies from UCD in 2005 and a Higher Certificate in Advocacy Studies from Sligo IT in 2010.
As a parent of a 21-year-old young man diagnosed with Autism, she knows from her personal experience, research and advocacy work that there are many parents like her out there, looking for information and support so they can secure appropriate education and services for their son or daughter with autism that will enable them to reach their potential and become contributing members of Irish society.
Geraldine at present coordinates the ASD Initiatives - Family Initiatives project in southern Ireland, which is a parent lead training and family advocacy support project that aims to offer a combination of family advocacy, peer advocacy, information, education and training for families of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum through information/training sessions/workshops and individual consultation.
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