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Webinar: Accessing Healthcare under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the second of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at healthcare on Wednesday 3rd March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Webinar: Accessing Education under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the first of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at education on Monday 1st March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Call for Submissions: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Shadow Report

AsIAm are gathering submissions from the autism community on their experiences of accessing services and exercising their rights. This is to feed into a Shadow Report which will factor into Ireland’s first report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with …

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Explainer: Supplementary Education Programme

What is this?  The Department of Education, along with relevant education stakeholders, has begun a phased return to in-person learning for children with additional needs, including those on the autism spectrum.  While many pupils reportedly adapted well to online learning, there is a growing body of evidence which indicates that the absence of school and …

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Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families – Disability, Children’s and Family Carer groups

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Seven leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, and the National Parents Council, have described today, which sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families, and called for the Government and education stakeholders to …

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Children with disabilities and their families “almost completely forgotten” in schools’ row – Disability and Family Carer groups

 Children with disabilities and their families ‘almost completely forgotten’ in schools’ row – Disability and Family Carer groups Four leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have said that children with special educational needs, and their families and carers have been almost completely forgotten about in the conversations between stakeholders …

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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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