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General Election Manifesto: Happier, Healthier, Longer Lives

The national autism charity and advocacy group AsIAm is calling on every candidate running in the 2020 General Election to promote autistic people’s rights and to make disability issues a key priority for the next Government. Launching AsIAm’s pre-election campaign today, on the same day as the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael manifestos, Deputy Chief …

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General Election 2020: We Need An Autism Empowerment Strategy

Ahead of General Election 2020, AsIAm has one message for every candidate and political party – that Ireland needs a nation-wide Autism Empowerment Strategy. Autism is a complex and invisible disability, with as many as one in 65 people around the country living with a diagnosis. Over the past two years, AsIAm have been gathering …

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Explainer: Special Classes & Schools

In November, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published policy advice on special classes and schools. The advice came after a consultation process where the NCSE engaged with professionals and families about the provision of special education for pupils with additional needs (including those on the autism spectrum). Several changes to current policy were …

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AsIAm Spending Proposals for Budget 2020

AsIAm launched our spending proposals this week for Budget 2020, with a clear message to the Government that greater investment is crucial to deliver meaningful inclusion and accessibility to services for autistic people. Our proposals include autism-proofing public services and ensuring parity of access; building the autism community’s agency through proper State investment; and empowering …

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11 More Autism Friendly Towns Announced With SuperValu

AsIAm is happy to today announce an additional 11 towns on the journey to becoming autism-friendly. This will advance our national campaign in partnership with SuperValu. The towns include Clane, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town, New Ross, Skerries, Lucan, Castlebar, Mallow, Listowel and Tralee. In conjunction with the announcement, a survey we conducted showed that presently, …

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Community Voices: Ella Durrigan on Starting College

Autism vs First Year of college May 2019: I have just finished my summer exams. I had dropped out of college twice before and this was third time lucky. I had finally completed the first year of a degree in Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations in Dundalk IT, a course with a mixture of academic, creative and technology skills …

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Robert Byrne’s Sensory Pod

Today we sit down with Robert Byrne, creator of the sensory pod. Adapting the capsule hotels commonly found in Asia, Byrne created a new piece of assistive technology. The pod is roghly the side of a sunbed and is an excellent resource for anyone with sensory needs. What led to the pod’s creation? Our main …

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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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Community Voices: Nóra Nic Oireachtaigh and Bullying

The following piece is the final piece in our series covering bullying and autism. The first part discussed it in a professional context and the second (largely) discussed bullying in a school context. This final piece hopes to portray how yesterday’s bullying can potentially become tomorrow’s abuse. This article is recommended for a mature audience …

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