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Spearline is delighted to announce a three year partnership with Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). Spearline’s software solution Spearline Data Protection will be used by Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland to manage and demonstrate their entire General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance programme.

Ciara Lucy, Managing Director of Spearline met with Nuala Geraghty, CEO of AADI and Cherie Tyner,  Communications, PR and Corporate Partnerships Manager for AADI to officially launch the partnership in Cork this week.

John Considine, Chairperson to the Board of Directors of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland says “Data Protection is one of the foremost concerns in the running of a charity. The charity sector is an industry which processes a large amount of sensitive personal data - both that of our clients as well as details of our sponsors and donors. We are dedicated to protecting this information and ensuring that we take every possible measure to avoid a breach. Reputation and trust are paramount for charities and we want to demonstrate to our supporters that we are invested in good governance around data protection.”

Ciara Lucy, Managing Director of Spearline says “Spearline is proud to work with Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland as a charity partner. We are familiar with the value they add to the national community and the significance of their work. Charities have an increased responsibility in the care of data with the introduction of the GDPR and need to be meticulous in implementing solid systems to manage their compliance obligations. At Spearline we have created a single platform solution for the management and demonstration of GDPR compliance which Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland will now use in their organisation.”

AADI was set up in 2010 as a response to the number of children with autism in Ireland who urgently need the support of an assistance dog.  AADI’s primary focus is to train and place Autism Assistance Dogs with children with autism who are struggling to cope with the distressing elements of this invisible disability, such as chronic anxiety, sensory overload, self harming and bolting in to the road as the child may be unable to process danger.  AADI have the first and only Autism Assistance Dog Programme in Ireland to achieve the exceptional Assistance Dogs International accreditation. The charity provide their life changing service completely free of charge to families and are reliant on the kindness of individuals and corporations to change the world for children with autism across Ireland.

Spearline won SME Cork Company of the Year 2018 at the Cork Company of the Year Awards run by Cork Chamber. Since then Spearline have grown staff numbers and product offerings as well as acquiring a landmark building in Skibbereen to house the increasing team.   Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is proud to affiliate with Spearline who are a wholly Irish owned company with a global footprint working with some of the world’s largest brands.