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SURVEY: How can AsIAm help during COVID-19?

AsIAm has been working to support Ireland’s autism community throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Over the past several weeks, we have set up an online COVID-19 Hub, containing support materials and a webinar to help autistic people and family members through the uncertainty, anxiety and lack of routine. As the situation evolves, our community’s needs will …

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Explainer: COVID-19 and Changes to Work

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has caused a great deal of uncertainty in people’s usual routines and their daily lives. This is especially felt in how and where we all work. For some, this may mean they are on less hours, or they are working from home, or have they lost their jobs entirely. Autistic people’s …

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#HappierHealthierLonger General Election Campaign Debrief

Throughout the General Election, AsIAm had one key message: Ireland needs an Autism Empowerment Strategy. This page contains a debriefing of our #HappierHealthierLonger campaign, including what we did and what our plans for the future are. What did we do? We wrote to each candidate standing in every constituency across the country, from all political …

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General Election Manifestos Review

In the lead-up to polling day, it’s important that you know where each of the political parties stand on key issues. AsIAm has called on every party standing in the General Election to prioritise supports for autistic people and their families across Ireland. We have campaigned for each one to include a commitment to legislate …

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#HappierHealthierLonger: General Election 2020 Campaign Tools

AsIAm has one message for every candidate standing in the General Election: Ireland needs an Autism Empowerment Act. From lengthy waiting lists for assessments to locating appropriate school places, parents are often left fighting for what are their children’s basic rights and entitlements. Autistic adults meanwhile, young and older, face huge gaps in the provision …

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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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