Hannah O’Dwyer is AsIAm’s Education Officer. She has a Bachelor of Education from Saint Patrick’s College, DCU and has previously worked as a primary school teacher, a vocal coach and a music teacher. Since joining the organisation in July 2019, Hannah has revised AsIAm’s school programmes and is in charge of their delivery. These programmes include CPD training in autism for school staff, autism awareness workshops for post-primary students and autism information talks for parents. Hannah has also led the co-ordination of AsIAm’s Autism Friendly Schools Pilot Project, a national education project which attracted interest from over 100 primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. In 2019/2020 Hannah both coordinated and facilitated 6 regional CPD training days for the principals, teachers and SNAs who signed up to participate in this project, in collaboration with colleague Billy Redmond.
In October / November 2019, Hannah assisted AsIAm’s Deputy CEO Fiona Ferris in the delivery of Phase Two of the Teach Me AsIAm programme, an educational support framework designed for early years settings. Hannah is also involved in a working group aiming to propose a revision of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act, 2004. Hannah collaborates with many professional organisations in the education sector through her work, including the National Council for Special Education, MIC Limerick, Dublin City University, the Joint Managerial Body Secretariat of Secondary Schools, the Irish National Teachers Organisation, the Irish Primary Principals Network, the Teachers Union of Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.