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Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19

•   41% of families state their child’s needs more support •   22% of families state their child’s access to an SNA was reduced •   Hugh majority of parents want school provision for those with additional needs in the event of another lockdown A survey conducted by three of the leading disability advocacy organisations in the …

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Autism and Mental Health Survey Consultation Panel

AsIAm are conducting research on the mental health experiences of autistic adults, in close collaboration with Rachel O’Connor, a trainee clinical psychologist at University College Dublin. We seek to understand: •    what factors impact the mental health of autistic adults? •   what are autistic adults’ experiences of getting support for mental health difficulties in …

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AsIAm Application to the Disability Participation and Consultation Network Successful

Earlier this month, AsIAm made a successful application to the Disability Participation and Consultation Network as a Grant-Funded Member. The Scheme, funded by the Department of Justice, is to ensure that people with disabilities in Ireland are meaningfully and actively consulted as the State works to meet its obligations under the United Nations’ Convention on …

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FAQs about July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills recently announced a new version of July Provision for 2020. This new scheme, also known as the Summer Education Programme, seeks to broaden its scope, so as it can meet the needs of vulnerable schoolchildren, whose education has been most effected by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be updating …

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Explainer: July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has announced a new support plan as part of the annual July Provision programme. The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on schoolchildren right across the country, but it has meant major, and very often, regressive changes to those with special educational needs (SENs), including autism. The DES, along …

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Explainer: Inspectorate Report on Educational Provisions for Autistic Learners in Irish Schools

A landmark report on the special educational provisions for autistic learners in Irish schools has recently been published by the Department of Education and Skills. The report, written by the Inspectorate, raises several issues which AsIAm has consistently raised throughout our campaigns, as well as during our engagements with the Minister for Education and his …

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Update on July Provision

Today, AsIAm’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, along with the representatives of several other disability groups, attended a further consultation with officials in the Department of Education and Skills, in relation to the July Provision Programme. “We are deeply concerned at the present proposals which the Department has developed,” said Mr Harris. “These proposals would …

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