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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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AsIAm’s Open Letter to the Party Leaders

AsIAm has written to the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party to stress the importance of an Autism Empowerment Strategy’s inclusion in the next Programme for Government. Speaking today, AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “As we enter the formal phase of negotiations, it’s absolutely vital that manifesto commitments to legisliate for …

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Letter to Minister McHugh

In recent days AsIAm has been reviewing the responses to our COVID-19 survey and identifying key challenges for the community and actions we can take accordingly. We will be publishing a full support activity plan, along with the survey results in the coming days. A key area that has been highlighted is ensuring students continue …

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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

UPDATE: changes have been announced to certain payments from the Government at this time of writing (10th June 2020). These are the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and what changes you may expect when returning to work. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has caused a great deal of uncertainty in people’s usual …

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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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