Who we are
Autonomie are a charity in Northern Ireland who work with children and young people with physical disabilities by providing practical support.
Our mission is:
To empower young people living with a disability, their carers, parents and siblings in Belfast and surrounding areas. Our Vision for the future is that all disabled young people's lives are full of fun, friendship and rich in opportunities and independence. Just like any other young person's.
We are governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The Trustees have general control over the management and administration of the charity and carry ultimate responsibility.
Autonomie is a registered charity (Charity Reference No. NIC100421).
Autonomie is dedicated to empowering young people with disabilities to develop the skills to live independently and reach their potential.
Our centre Lilac House (Linked Independent and Advice Centre) is based at 4 Sandhurst Road, Belfast.
Autonomie was formally called The Lilac Service and was set up originally to support young people with physical disabilities to access mainstream education.
With the support of The Lilac Service over 260 young people with disabilities across Northern Ireland decided with the support of their parents, which school best suited their needs.
The team even won UK wide recognition with the UK Outstanding Educational Team Award for their work in integrating pupils with disabilities into mainstream schools.
In reviewing the needs of this service, the Management Review Committee decided to widen the focus of its work to include working with young people with additional needs who were preparing to leave school, who had just left school or those who were experiencing isolation, to enhance their prospect of finding employment, develop their social and life skills and to ensure they had a place in society
By adopting the name of “Autonomie” we hope that it reflects the choices that these young people can be encouraged to make before, during and after school. By providing skills training, confidence building and independent living options we can make a difference.