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Community Voices: Autism and Bullying

Hello all. If you haven’t seen our previous interview with Neil Kenny, I’d recommend checking it out. I was inspired to do something on bullying and autism due to the tragic suicide of Joel Langford. As well as expert insight such as Kenny’s, I wanted to demonstrate more personal accounts which stress the impact bullying …

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Limerick Launches First Autism Friendly Intreo Office

July saw the launch of Ireland’s first autism friendly Intreo Office. Intreo Offices, a crucial part of DEASP (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) services, are the first point of contact for anyone wishing to avail of the department’s assistance. Denise Houlihan is the organiser of the DEASP  Limerick Autism Initiative: which promises to …

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AsIAm Community Seminar: Transitioning to College- 07/08/2019

On Wednesday we had the latest of our community support seminars in Galway. Michael opened the evening and then gave the floor to the capable hands of Billy Redmond. Billy began by explaining his past experience as a Home Economics teacher, gradually specialising in more counselling-based work. He revealed that he is currently on career …

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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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Our Work With Playstival

We at AsIAm can’t wait for Playstival in three days time. Having worked with them since January we’re very excited to see our collaboration come to life! Here is All You Need to Know About The Weekend It will take place from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th, 9-6 both days in Airfield Estate, Dundrum. The festival will …

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AsIAm and Supervalu’s Corporate Charity Partnership Earns Award

Coming ahead of some stiff competition, AsIAm and Supervalu have won the Corporate Charity Partnership of the Year award. AsIAm and SuperValu have a strong partnership in supporting communities to become autism-friendly. Our partnership has seen the roll-out of Autism-Friendly Shopping in over 100 SuperValu stores across Ireland. This is supplemented with  the development of …

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Bullying and Autism: Neil Kenny Interview

In the wake of Joel Langford’s tragic death, I wanted to discuss the unique nature of bullying directed at autistic people. Neil Kenny is a Researcher at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at DCU. He holds an B.A. in Psychology from University College Dublin, got his PhD from Maynooth University in 2011 and a Specialist …

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Kevin McLoughlin on University Societies as an Autistic Man

  Hey everyone! I’m Kevin, I’m 19 years old, and I’m halfway through my first year exams in NUIG. This year has been wild and formative for me in so many important and meaningful ways but one I’m here to write about today is my social life. You see, most of you know that autistic …

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Ireland’s First Disability Friendly Music Festival Enters Second Year

After a highly successful debut in 2018, AbleFest is coming back to Co. Meath! I spoke to Shay Casserley, organiser of the festival about what we can expect this weekend.    What inspired you to set up Able Fest? My son, Eoin, has a dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome. One day I saw …

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