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A Right to Earn a Living ~ AsIAm Explains

Last week, Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh TD stated that his Department would be appealing a High Court ruling over a Leaving Cert student whose points were incorrectly added up. Justice Humphreys found that “in the modern world, it is difficult and in some cases impossible to earn one’s livelihood without access to higher …

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WIN a Stimtastic Gift Card!

AsIAm are giving away a $50 eGift Card for Stimtastic to one lucky winner! Stimtastic is affordable stim toys, chewable jewelry and fidgets for autistic adults and teens as well as individuals with SPD, ADHD/ADD, dyspraxia . . . everyone who stims! Run by an autistic person, Stimtastic celebrates stimming as a natural part of …

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What We Learned – Community Support: Puberty and Sexuality

Last night we held our Puberty and Sexuality Community Support seminar in Co. Wicklow, and we’re very grateful to all who came along and to those who watched our livestream. If you couldn’t make it, here are some key notes from our two brilliant speakers! You can watch our livestream here, and view Davida Hartman’s Powerpoint …

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Being a True Friend by Rachael Donohoe

Here at AsIAm it’s important to us to champion the work of the autistic community. That’s why we are happy to announce that we are supporting the launch of a new picture book Being a True Friend written and illustrated by Rachael Donohoe. The book is aimed at children developing interpersonal skills and offers support in …

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Orán Timoney – Special Award Winner at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition!

We’re very proud to say that Orán Timoney, a member of our first Youth Leadership Team and now an AsIAm Youth Ambassador, scooped a Special Award at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS! He was awarded the RCSI Award for “Project with the Best Impact on Human Health”. His winning …

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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

Last week AsIAm launched two surveys on the experiences of autistic students in accessing education. Eoin Hickey, a young person on the autism spectrum, explains how autism affects him in his daily life, how teachers can understand students with diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and offers advice for social situations. My name is Eoin Hickey …

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Call Out: Complete Our Surveys on School Places and Exclusion/Withdrawal

As the national autistic advocacy organisation, AsIAm receives a huge volume of messages from families with a child on the autism spectrum who can’t access a school place, or whose child can no longer attend school. We know the situation has escalated over the past number of years, affecting many families across the country. As …

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What We Learned – Community Support: Independent Living and Housing

Last week we held our first 2019 Community Support event in Ratoath, County Meath, on the topic of Independent Living and Housing, sponsored by SuperValu. Here’s the two PowerPoint presentations kindly provided by our speakers, Darragh Byrne from Gheel Autism Services and Gretta Fitzgerald from DOCTRID. If you didn’t make it on the night, the …

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We’re Hiring: Project Coordinator – Autism Friendly Communities

Project Coordinator – Autism-Friendly Communities Reporting to: Head of Training & Business Advisory Services Hours of Work: Full Time Place of Employment: AsIAm Headquarters (84 Amiens Street, Dublin 1) – travel may be required Remuneration: €30,000 – €35,000 p.a commensurate with experience (incl. company laptop and mobile phone) AsIAm is looking for a dynamic and …

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“It’s Not A Disorder”: Minister Joe McHugh Challenges Himself and TDs on Inclusive Language around Autism

 Following constructive and insightful discussions and correspondence with AsIAm in recent weeks, on Tuesday 23rd January Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD addressed Dáil Eireann on the importance of using inclusive and correct language when we refer to autism in the education system (which can be viewed in the video above; transcript at …

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