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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 has on autistic people. I have included three separate accounts, one of whom wishes to be anonymous.

I’d urge any parents or neurotypicals reading this to take these accounts seriously. After all, yesterday’s bullying becomes tomorrow’s abuse.

 

Annette:

 

Growing up different and recognising you are different from your peers is hard. Putting up with their response to your difference is worse. In primary school I was so overwhelmed by the chaos of playground that I stood at the side lines of the playground, just watching the chaos and trying to understand it. Eventually my peers started to notice my differences and told me all about them so I wouldn’t forget: my funny walk, my too quiet voice, my fearfulness, my excitement at anything to do with reading, my lack of interest in TV, my refusal to swear, my goody two shoes following the rules as we were told. The taunt of goody two shoes and teacher’s pet followed me all through primary school.

 

Eventually the bullying turned physical. When I was 9 I was pinned by two girls behind a prefab and punched repeatedly in the stomach and told she’d get me again if I ever slagged her accent again. It took me years to understand why that came about and how I deserved it. In class we had been forced to switch copies and correct each others spelling, she wrote fink and fought meaning think and thought but I couldn’t understand why there was an f or what words she had meant to write down and as I quietly asked her why there was and f and what this word was supposed to mean her anger became apparent. I told no one. It was my fault somehow and I had to be strong and deal with the consequences.

 

They’d sneer when I was called out to ‘special’ classes for extra English when they were doing their Irish. Towards the end of primary school, I’d transformed from friendly, happy and outgoing to quiet and fearful. I had mastered not drawing attention to myself, and by extension my many defects that my peers seemed to find so mercilessly funny. Even teachers laughed when misunderstood the meaning of their language like metaphors, similes, or have given instructions. I learned early on I was seen as stupid, gullible and odd so I closed up and tried to be someone else. Someone they wanted to see, but I couldn’t preform that part so I became invisible.

 

Secondary school I’d go from week to week without speaking a word. When I tried to speak if prompted by a teacher of peers, my voice would come out in a barely audible whisper that I could never seem to make louder or I’d just sit in shocked silence at the sudden attention, my sweaty palms glued to the underside of the table, all my muscles frozen, waiting for the spotlight to lift. After a few weeks I made friends with two quiet girls who were always alone like me. They were happy to talk to me but reluctantly talked to each other initially. They pulled away from me by second year due to my interests in sports and lack of interest in soaps they told me that they didn’t want me to sit with them at lunch anymore. So I didn’t. I went back to reading on my breaks.

 

The class had all started saying hi to me at one point but that was as far as they wanted to go when I tried to engage them back. It passed on and people all over the school started saying hi to me even though we’d never spoken so I’d always say hi back and think nothing of it. Years later I realised a good teacher was trying to get them to engage with me so I’d feel less alone. I didn’t feel alone, I’ve never felt not alone so I couldn’t tell the difference.

 

I thought I’d toughen up over time if I kept taking the harassment, pushing, circling around me, backing me into a wall so they could name call at me I’d get stronger. I’d look at the ground and not respond as that made them leave me alone faster. Though it led to me being spit on, shoved and taunted often. The lane I walked alone through on the way home and to school to get to my house became my daily terror challenge. Once the teens that hung there stole the only hat I’d ever worn, a present of my first concert, and burned it just to get me to react. They won, I begged them not to burn it and they laughed as the tears welled in my eyes as they burned my precious happy memory.

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Bullying can take many forms. Annette was unfortunate to experience both psychological and physical.

I was given nicknames for the amusement of others, called Happy for an entire Christmas weekend were we performed for the cubs as elves in Santa’s grotto as part of their Christmas day away. He’d say Hi Happy and I’d respond with Hi Glen. I thought it was nice he was saying hello to me, my friend told me he wasn’t being friendly and was using me as a joke.

By fifth year of secondary school I was trying to become comfortable in my own skin and build my confidence. Get rid of the shy quiet person they didn’t want to see. Turns out they didn’t want me to be bubblier or friendlier. Everything I seemed to say would be met with scrunched up confusing faces and they’d walk off ignoring me. Turns out if you’re not worth their notice they’ve no problem letting you know it.

Still I persisted. I was making the most of my life. Prefect, venturer, basketball player, good student who helped with staff and parent teacher meetings on what were supposed to be my halfdays. Despite this and my constant studying, improvement academically over the years I met another kind of bully. An adult, the snob, who thought a kid with a dyslexia diagnosis was incapable of achieving the grades to get into university. University it all I talked about since I discovered it’s existence towards the end of primary school. Despite my expressed desire to attend college, my decent grades in higher level and my extracurricular contribution to the school life this guidance counsellor thought my kind were not good enough for college.

I was determined to prove her wrong and I did. Having got the points to get into college, I found out I couldn’t get in by default as the school, where it was the guidance counsellor’s job to inform me and my parents as I was the eldest and first ever in my family to seek to attend university that I needed an up to date assessment for the department of education to recognise my Irish exemption. As it stood, they didn’t and I failed my leaving cert by default for having not done Irish. Not by choice but due to the lack of paper work and reassessment.

Not all abuse can come from a child’s peers. Annette suffered directly from an adult professional’s ignorance

I had to repeat my leaving cert to fix this mistake and get re-assessed. I was still dyslexic and for the third time, suspected of having an autism spectrum diagnosis that my parents did not wish to pursue because of the stigma and lack of understanding. I succeeded in getting into a joint honours college course, got my 2.1 degree.

 

I was in mental crisis and sought counselling help which had me diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

“Finally I had an answer for why I was odd, different and unable to understand everything around me. It allowed me to forgive myself for my failings. Forgive those who had failed me for lack of understanding.”

 

I rebuilt my image by letting me be the authentic me not the pretender. The authentic me will be awkward, will freeze up around peers, will be friendly, happy and distant, yet reliable, caring and resilient all at once. I’ve come out the other side of bullying with the knowledge that it was never my fault that I was a target. That it’s okay to be me, because I’m actually pretty cool and don’t care who does and doesn’t like me as I know my strengths and weaknesses.

Hang in there no matter how tough it gets. Talk about things with your family or someone you trust. Escape into your passions to recouperate when things get too hard. Know it can always get better and sometimes how it currently is good enough. Don’t forsake yourself. The world deserves and needs to know your amazing quirky perspectives. We are valid human beings. Advocate so others will be understood and be kind and understanding to help the people in this world become a little kinder to others like you in turn.

 

Anon:

I was bullied in a previous job at the age of 33, it got to the point that I had to hand in my notice and leave: I wasn’t diagnosed at the time these incidents occurred but I feel my (unknown) autism played a part in how I was treated by the bully. The bully was an older man who worked on my team.

 

We originally got on well but after about a year things changed. He didn’t like another female colleague (they had their own private issues in the past) and I went to lunch with her and he got very annoyed at me about that. But I liked her and she was actually my only friend in the company. I struggle to make friends and suffer from being unable to speak in big groups of people, so I had a tough time in such a large organisation, I didn’t want to give up the one person I had a connection with. She was a bit of a loner too and I find it easier to relate to those kinds of people.

These behaviours don’t stop at the end of the school. Our anonymous source had her worst experience of bullying in the workplace

I had to work with this man everyday, he was my team-mate and we had work that needed to be done together. He started ignoring me, when I would speak to him and ask about work related reports he wouldn’t look in my direction and would completely blank me. It was very embarrassing. I’m not very confident so it was difficult to repeatedly ask him the same question, especially when it felt like the eyes of the whole room where on me. And then on the other hand, on other occasions the only time he would communicate with me was to give out or belittle me telling me my work was wrong and I’m not good enough at my job. He would do this with a very sharp and aggressive tone. But he was smart and was always careful to only do that when no one else was around to see.

 

These incidents continued to occur over a period of months. I ended up suffering from really bad stress related IBS and I needed time off work. I visited my GP and he gave me a cert for the time off that I needed. Every time I went back to work the bully would pick on me again and I would end up sick and needing more time off.

 

I ended up having to make a formal complaint about his behavior towards me. The company HR team took it seriously but my manager (a friend of the bully, they had worked together in a previous company and she hired him in the current role) told me there wasn’t anything she could do, it was his word against mine and that she never witnessed anything. Her answer to IBS issue was to put a desk out in the corridor beside the toilet so I could have easier access. I was mortified at that idea, everyone would want to know why I was moved out of the office into the corridor beside the toilet.

 

As it was a large organisation, formalities had to be followed, reports filed in, interviews done, I was also sent to the company doctor who verified I was under a lot of stress in my work situation. This all took months and although I do think the HR team took me seriously, the whole process was dragged out so long, and I still had to work with the man during all of this, sitting beside him everyday, it got too much and I ended up handing in my notice.

 

I think a stronger or more self assured person may have been able to take him on. But I think he saw me as vulnerable and a bit of a push over. He knew from working with me and sitting beside me that I didn’t have any friends in the company, so I was an easy target.

 

Melissa:

Starting secondary school was a colossal shock to the system which part of me always expected. . The canteen, its grey stone walls an indifferent observer of the almighty din it contained, like a bee-hive which had been quite deliberately bowled over. I was instantly overwhelmed by the scale of it all – at least a hundred students, more people than I imagine I’d ever been in a room with at once, and the collective noise of their chatter! You cannot begin to imagine the merciless intensity with which that pounded against my eardrums while I, in all my utter bewilderment, regarded the situation before me and tried my utmost to make sense of it.

Nevertheless, God loves a tryer, so in spite of my inner composure crumbling by the second, I pasted on my most cordial smile and tried to make myself agreeable to each group I tried, albeit without success, to burrow my way in. Needless to say, I was subtly, or in some cases, not so subtly, ejected at the earliest convenience on each occasion and no matter which angle I took, no matter which fabricated version of myself I presented to them in the hope it may win me acceptance, the end-result was much the same. I spoke nothing of my obscure interests, deliberately watered down my vocabulary so as not to sound pompous and focused hard on maintaining eye contact while not seeming creepy, but all in vain. It was no good. I genuinely had not anticipated this problem, and my sudden anxiety was all the more intense as a result.

“For the first time in my life, I was tired of being the lone wolf and wished to exist in a pack, and for the first time in my life, I put myself in a vulnerable position only for the pack to spurn me. I didn’t know until that very moment that that was what I wanted, but it was suddenly plain as day to me, and it hurt.”

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Exclusion often has far more potent effects than direct abuse

I was quite desperate by this point. I didn’t even care about friendship anymore; what I wanted with all my heart was merely tolerance. What harm was I going to do anyone, silently eating my lunch without uttering a word to betray my presence beside them, which seemed so unbearable to them? I wanted to tell them all that they didn’t even need to talk to me, that they could act as if I weren’t even there, but dear God, not to leave me alone. But I wasn’t fit for that.

The trouble was, there was no telling where and when a common-sense related issue may crop and until some poorly-concealed sniggers told me otherwise, I could only ever assume that what I was doing was right and hope that it would not somehow lead to ridicule. Even then, all the stifled giggles betrayed was the basic fact that what I was doing was wrong, in the meantime telling me nothing about how I was doing wrong. These were the impossible enigmas I had to sort through daily in my mind, because nobody on earth could have hoped to help me in this respect – even if they wanted to, which they most certainly did not.

I had to very quickly learn new sets of vocabulary which I, in all my innocence, had never heard tell of up to that point. “Frigid”, “pussyfoot”, “lickarse”, “loner”, you name it – I had them all at one point or another (and yes, I really was sheltered and juvenile enough to only figure out exactly what these words meant after repeatedly hearing them in context, usually in reference to me). My pre-existing innocence died a sudden, violent death there and then but was replaced by nothing, for I was too frightened and utterly appalled by the plain ugliness of the world I saw before me to join the fray, for fear of what I may become in so doing. I had ambitions to prove my worth to them all, to reinvent myself as so many are wont to do at this age, and I was long past having any qualms over becoming someone unrecognisable to me in the process.

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It’s difficult to overstate the amount of stress a neurodivergent person experiences during state exams. Adding bullying to the mix is an easy way to push a student to breaking point

Despite some later success making a small circle of friends, I made the blunder of disclosing my Asperger’s. A friend poked fun at my ignorance over something which she perceived as common sense and I thought that perhaps if she knew why I struggle so much with such things, she may try to help me rather than subject me to ridicule, even if always in good jest. Instead, in response to any future blunders I made, she’d scoff: “Wait, I know what you’re going to say: ‘It’s not my fault, it’s the Asparagus Syndrome’ hahahaha”. So in summary, telling her or indeed anyone was appalling judgment on my part and possibly was the main contributor to the breakdown of the few friendships I had managed to maintain to this point in the school community. Big mistake. Big. Huge.

My friends suddenly “went off” me, I guess, and started to hide from me at lunchtime, doing everything they could to avoid me. I spent quite some time trying to figure out why so I could remedy the situation, but to no avail and by this time knowing where I am not wanted (shout-out to primary school resource for that!), I began taking lunch alone again. This time, I couldn’t stand the whispers. I had done this all before and having not needed to endure it for so long, I was in no position to tolerate it again.

After weighing up my options, of which there were admittedly very few, I found another school which was further away than we might have liked but was otherwise perfect for me and my mother, ever one to support me in all that I do, insisted that if I thought this was where I stood the best chance of happiness, this was the place for me and all practical inconveniences need only be an afterthought..

This time, I made it to the finish line and even made some genuine friends along the way, some of which I’m still in contact with. I was very pleasantly surprised with my exam results and this time, everyone was quite vocal in how happy they were for me. It was a fairy-tale ending to what had been a very trying time in my life and though I went through the world of pain to arrive where I am now and would certainly hate to relive it, I will never, ever be compelled to regret a single second of it.

 I’d like to thank everyone who sent me there stories for their strength and honesty. I had to heavily edit down Melissa’s testimony and I encourage you checking out her blog to fully appreciate it. I will be releasing one more instalment on bullying; mainly focused on how childhood bullying can translate into later struggles in life. 

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AsIAm are delighted to partner with SuperValu, the first food retailer in Ireland to introduce Au...[...]

Our Week Online – 17/3/2019

by - 17 March, 2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. In what has been a very busy news week, we've picked out autism and d...[...]

Interview – Kate Heffernan and Aisling O’Gorman, Peat @ The Ark

by - 12 March, 2019

The Ark Cultural Centre for Children presents Peat, a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate ...[...]

Our Week Online – 10/3/2019

by - 10 March, 2019

Hello, and welcome to Our Week Online. This week we celebrated Pancake Tuesday, World Book Day, a...[...]

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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

by - 7 March, 2019

Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum...[...]

Advice on Education Plans ~ AsIAm Explains

by - 5 March, 2019

In December of last year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teacher’s Unio...[...]

Press Release: AsIAm Advice on Education Plans

by - 5 March, 2019

In December 2018, it was brought to AsIAm’s attention that the Association of Secondary Teachers ...[...]

Our Week Online – 3/3/2019

by - 3 March, 2019

Welcome to Our Week Online - because these days, media is all about the signal boost. In the U...[...]

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Eoin Hickey – Why I Like Having Autism and ADHD

by - 1 March, 2019

ADD/ADHD are common co-occuring conditions within the autism community. Sometimes the traits of t...[...]

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Run For Autism Returns in 2019!

by - 28 February, 2019

Following the success of last year's event, AsIAm are excited to announce the return of this year...[...]

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Saddle Up! AsIAm 100km Cycle 2019

by - 27 February, 2019

Calling all Cyclists! We need your help!   AsIAm, Ireland's leading autism charity, is d...[...]

Run With Us at the 2019 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon!

by - 26 February, 2019

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ASIAM BY TAKING PART IN THE VHI WOMEN'S MINI MARATHON 2019 Date: Sunday, 2r...[...]

Our Week Online – 24/2/2019

by - 24 February, 2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Did anyone else struggle with knowing what to wear in the sudden warm...[...]

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Community Support Update and FAQs

by - 22 February, 2019

We want to give you all an update on our Community Support seminars so far! We've held five event...[...]

Interview: Dr. Linda O’Rourke and Elzaan Marnane of Core Clinical

by - 21 February, 2019

It's no secret that meaningful supports and services for autistic people in Ireland are tough to ...[...]

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Call Out: Complete Our Survey on Adult Autism Diagnosis

by - 21 February, 2019

In partnership with Core Clinical, we invite autistic people with a formal adult diagnosis of aut...[...]

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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

by - 21 February, 2019

On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We ...[...]

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Are You Ready to create your Autism Friendly Town?

by - 19 February, 2019

AsIAm and SuperValu were proud to partner with the community of Clonakilty in creating Ireland’s ...[...]

Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

by - 17 February, 2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentin...[...]

Interview: Julie McCabe

by - 16 February, 2019

For those of you who watched the most recent episode of Ireland’s Got Talent last Saturday at...[...]

Noel Ward and Michael McEnery’s April Ultra-Marathon in aid of AsIAm!

by - 14 February, 2019

Autism Awareness Month is coming up soon in April, and two men are planning to give it their all ...[...]

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A Right to Earn a Living ~ AsIAm Explains

by - 12 February, 2019

Last week, Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh TD stated that his Department would be appeal...[...]

WIN a Stimtastic Gift Card!

by - 11 February, 2019

AsIAm are giving away a $50 eGift Card for Stimtastic to one lucky winner! Stimtastic is afforda...[...]

Our Week Online – 10/2/2019

by - 10 February, 2019

This is Our Week Online. Sit down, why don't you? A quarter of the disabled population of Irel...[...]

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What We Learned – Community Support: Puberty and Sexuality

by - 8 February, 2019

Last night we held our Puberty and Sexuality Community Support seminar in Co. Wicklow, and we're ...[...]

Being a True Friend by Rachael Donohoe

by - 7 February, 2019

Here at AsIAm it's important to us to champion the work of the autistic community. That's why we ...[...]

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

by - 5 February, 2019

We're very proud to say that Orán Timoney, a member of our first Youth Leadership Team and now an...[...]

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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

by - 4 February, 2019

Last week AsIAm launched two surveys on the experiences of autistic students in accessing educati...[...]

Our Week Online – 3/2/2019

by - 3 February, 2019

It's Sunday, and February is here which means, whether it feels like it or not, Spring has come t...[...]

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

by - 30 January, 2019

As the national autistic advocacy organisation, AsIAm receives a huge volume of messages from fam...[...]

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What We Learned – Community Support: Independent Living and Housing

by - 29 January, 2019

Last week we held our first 2019 Community Support event in Ratoath, County Meath, on the topic o...[...]

We’re Hiring: Project Coordinator – Autism Friendly Communities

by - 28 January, 2019

Project Coordinator - Autism-Friendly Communities Job Description Reporting to: Head of Tra...[...]

Our Week Online – 27/1/2019

by - 27 January, 2019

It's 2019, and welcome to Our Week Online. How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions? If...[...]

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

by - 23 January, 2019

 Following constructive and insightful discussions and correspondence with AsIAm in recent week...[...]

Interview: Daniel Kennedy

by - 22 January, 2019

Art is a natural fit for many people on the autism spectrum. Whether it's done as a hobby or a fo...[...]

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Constructive Meeting between AsIAm & ASTI Representatives

by - 21 January, 2019

Representatives from both AsIAm and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) met last...[...]

We’re Hiring: Training Officers & Administrative Assistant

by - 15 January, 2019

2019 will be an important year for AsIAm as we work to deepen our impact across the country and a...[...]

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AsIAm Condemns the ‘Pick & Choose’ Approach to Meeting Students’ Needs from the ASTI & TUI

by - 19 December, 2018

Sign our petition calling for the ASTI & TUI to revise their advice here!   AsIAm, I...[...]

Winter Pantomime Relaxed Performances 2018

by - 17 December, 2018

The annual Christmas pantomime is a festive tradition for many families in Ireland (oh yes it is!...[...]

Our Week Online – 16/12/2018

by - 16 December, 2018

Welcome to the last Our Week Online of 2018. This will be our last round up of the year because w...[...]

Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

by - 10 December, 2018

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child's perspective, and ...[...]

Our Week Online – 9/12/2018

by - 9 December, 2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. Don't know what it is about December, but the autism and disability s...[...]

We Need an Inclusive, Measurable Autism Strategy

by - 6 December, 2018

AsIAm has said the publication by the Department of Health of two reports relating to autism must...[...]

Research Opportunity: Parental Experiences of Family-Centered Music Therapy with Children with Autism

by - 3 December, 2018

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. If you are interested in...[...]

Our Week Online – 2/12/2018

by - 2 December, 2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. This is the biggest roundup so far, but it was a big week! Go and boi...[...]

National Autism Conference 2018 Speaker Presentations

by - 26 November, 2018

It's been a month since our National Autism Conference in October, and we've received wonderful f...[...]

Our Week Online – 25/11/2018

by - 25 November, 2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, a round up of autism and disability related news around the world, ar...[...]

Kevin Hanly: Living With Autism at Christmas Time

by - 23 November, 2018

The end of November is near, and while there's still a few weeks left until Christmas, preparing ...[...]

Introducing AsIAm Socks!

by - 19 November, 2018

Yes, you read that right - AsIAm now have our very own limited edition socks, available to buy! ...[...]

Interview: Elaine Harris

by - 19 November, 2018

Elaine Harris is a yoga teacher who founded The Yoga Shed in Co. Wicklow in 2014, which serves to...[...]

Our Week Online – 18/11/2018

by - 18 November, 2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, probably the only news roundup this week that doesn't include Brexit....[...]

Our Week Online – 11/11/2018

by - 11 November, 2018

It's Sunday, winter has definitely arrived, and there's only six weeks to Christmas! Welcome to O...[...]

Community Support – Autism in the Home, University College Cork, Cork

by - 6 November, 2018

AsIAm is hosting twenty four Community Support Seminar talks around the country over the next twe...[...]

Community Support – Autism and the Law, RCSI, Dublin

by - 6 November, 2018

AsIAm is hosting twenty four Community Support Seminar talks around the country over the next twe...[...]

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Don’t Forget: Take Our Community Support Survey 2018

by - 5 November, 2018

We at AsIAm would like to give a big thank you to everyone who's taken our Community Support Surv...[...]

Our Week Online – 4/11/2018

by - 4 November, 2018

It's Sunday, and welcome to Our Week Online. Here's the internet's tricks and treats from the pas...[...]

Interview: Nicholas Ryan-Purcell

by - 2 November, 2018

Nicholas Ryan-Purcell is an autistic filmmaker from Co. Tipperary. His latest film is called This...[...]

Research Opportunity: Experiences of Pathological Demand Avoidance in an Irish Context, Dublin City University

by - 2 November, 2018

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. This study is being cond...[...]

Our Week Online – 28/10/2018

by - 28 October, 2018

It's Sunday, Halloween is almost here, Ireland is (hopefully) done with voting for the year, and ...[...]

Call Out: NCSE Consultations on Special Schools and Classes

by - 24 October, 2018

Our survey on special schools and classes is now live and open to the public! If you're a school ...[...]

Autism Friendly Santa School

by - 24 October, 2018

*Due to the huge amount of inquiries we have had about our Autism Friendly Santa Training, we...[...]

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Community Support Survey 2018

by - 23 October, 2018

We at AsIAm invite the autism community in Ireland to take part in our new Community Support Surv...[...]

Research Opportunity: Building Inclusive Healthcare for People with Autism, NUI Galway

by - 23 October, 2018

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. If you are interested in...[...]

Our Week Online – 21/10/2018

by - 21 October, 2018

It's Sunday, and welcome to Our Week Online. The AsIAm team are having a well-deserved rest after...[...]

Laragh Smith: My Experience of an Inclusive Community

by - 19 October, 2018

The theme of this year's National Autism Conference is "Building Inclusive Communities". Laragh, ...[...]

Update: National Autism Conference 2018

by - 18 October, 2018

AsIAm National Autism Conference is just two days away! Our team are putting the final details to...[...]

Meet Our New Community Support Officer!

by - 17 October, 2018

Last month, we introduced you to our new Information Officer, Eleanor Walsh. Today, we would like...[...]

National Autism Conference 2018 – Autism Welcoming Venue and Experience

by - 16 October, 2018

National Autism Conference is less than a week away, in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, this S...[...]

A First For Ireland With Clonakilty Becoming Ireland’s First Autism Friendly Town

by - 16 October, 2018

SuperValu and AsIAm partner with the entire community of Clonakilty to secure full Autism Friendl...[...]

Our Week Online – 14/10/2018

by - 14 October, 2018

Here's a new series on the website where we round up some of the best writing on autism, disabili...[...]

October Blog Callout #AsIAmConf18

by - 11 October, 2018

It's just over a week to our National Autism Conference on 20th October in the Grand Hotel, Malah...[...]

Stephen Shore Visits AsIAm and DCU

by - 5 October, 2018

Last week AsIAm was honoured to welcome Dr. Stephen Shore, noted autistic academic and speaker, t...[...]

The Clonakilty Commitment – Training Week!

by - 3 October, 2018

The town of Clonakilty in Co. Cork has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – ...[...]

What Strategies can I use for my Non-Verbal Child to ease their Transition?

by - 28 September, 2018

All autistic children experience challenges in communication. While many might have an extensive ...[...]

BUY YOUR COPY: Mary Immaculate publishes a handbook for educators – “Autism from the Inside Out”

by - 21 September, 2018

AsIAm would like to thank Dr Emer Ring and her colleagues from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)'s De...[...]

Meet Our New Information Officer!

by - 21 September, 2018

AsIAm is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to our team this autumn! Michael O'Flan...[...]

How Can I Apply for a Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

by - 20 September, 2018

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has just completed a review of the Special Need...[...]

Autism Experience Exhibition in Clonakilty on Thursday 27th September!

by - 20 September, 2018

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the people of Clonakilty t...[...]

How can My Child Be Supported if They’re Having a Meltdown?

by - 20 September, 2018

Research continues to tell us that we must view ‘challenging behaviour’ as a way in which the chi...[...]

How can I Explain My Child’s Sensory Needs to their New Teacher?

by - 19 September, 2018

Your child’s teacher may already be aware of autistic children's sensory needs. However, if your ...[...]

What’s an Individual Education Plan (IEP) & how can I Set One Up for My Child?

by - 18 September, 2018

An Individual Education Plan, often referred to as an ‘IEP’, is a plan to support your child’s le...[...]

What can I Do if my Child Doesn’t Want to go Back to School?

by - 14 September, 2018

If your child doesn’t want to go back to school, it's important to talk about the reasons why the...[...]

How can I help Ease My Child Back into the School Routine from Home?

by - 11 September, 2018

We all struggle getting back into our regular routine after holidays and for autistic children, w...[...]

What Resources are Available to Support Families on their Transitions in School?

by - 7 September, 2018

There is a wide range of resources available to support parents and children on this exciting jou...[...]

Is it a Good Idea to Arrange a Meeting with their Teacher? If so, What Should I Ask?

by - 4 September, 2018

It is a really good idea and absolutely essential to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher,...[...]

Are there Things I can do at Home to Prepare my Child for Starting School?

by - 31 August, 2018

Parents and families are preparing their children for school from the day they are born and not j...[...]

What are the Most Important Things to Consider when Choosing a School for my Child?

by - 29 August, 2018

Starting school is one of the biggest events in both a family member's and a child's life. All be...[...]

Kevin Hanley: Back to Routine!

by - 27 August, 2018

Returning to routine after a break can be a tough one to get your head around, especially after a...[...]

Mia Duffy: New Start at College

by - 24 August, 2018

Starting college is a huge change for everyone. The transition, from the application to accepting...[...]

Trish Flood: Holidaying Tips for Autism Families

by - 15 August, 2018

Some autism families worry about the challenge of taking an overseas holiday. Here are some ideas...[...]

Laura Gleasure: Am I Autistic?

by - 6 July, 2018

Autism is often thought of as an 'invisible' difference in people living with it. Many of its key...[...]

AsIAm CEO Speaks before the Oireachtas Education Committee

by - 27 June, 2018

AsIAm Founder and CEO Adam Harris called on the Department of Education to deliver training to te...[...]

Melissa Mooney: Autism is a Superpower!

by - 19 June, 2018

Melissa, a young woman living with Asperger's, talks about her experiences with her autism and ab...[...]

AsIAm official charity partner at the forthcoming Arsenal vs Chelsea match

by - 13 June, 2018

It was with great pride and excitement that we announce today that AsIAm will be charity partner ...[...]

June #AsISayAndDo Blogging Opportunities

by - 2 June, 2018

Have a story opinion or blog you're itching to share? AsIAm want to hear from you! Whether you're...[...]

NCSE’s Review of Special Needs Assistants Explained

by - 31 May, 2018

This week, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) launched its review into the Special...[...]

Ciara Fehilly: A Colourful Friendship with Autism

by - 11 May, 2018

How many of us have dreamt of being that parent who has the most amazing bond with their child? T...[...]

AsIAm National Autism Conference 2018: “Building Inclusive Communities”

by - 6 May, 2018

We are delighted to make the tickets available for our 3rd Annual AsIAm National Autism Conferenc...[...]

Interview: Jody O’Neill – Autism & Entrepreneurship

by - 4 May, 2018

Jody O’Neill is a young self-advocate attending Castletroy College in County Limerick. She has se...[...]

Stimming

by - 25 April, 2018

Stimming (short for self-stimulatory behaviour) is a repetitive series of actions which an autist...[...]

Building an Autism-Friendly Environment

by - 23 April, 2018

Day #22 of our #AsIAmChallenge for World Autism Day is about helping prepare for an autism-friend...[...]

Aisling Foran: Listening & Social Groups

by - 20 April, 2018

WHAT IS THE TRIPLE A ALLIANCE? Triple A Alliance was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who wa...[...]

Make Your Club Autism-Friendly

by - 19 April, 2018

Awareness about autism has increased among society in recent years. This is a positive developmen...[...]

Check In & Ask

by - 18 April, 2018

Day #17 of our #AsImChallenge is about checking in and asking. Successful autism inclusion is ...[...]

Conducting Autism-Friendly Interviews

by - 17 April, 2018

Day #16 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about preparing for autism-friendly interviews. Businesses h...[...]

Creating a Quiet Space

by - 16 April, 2018

Sensory rooms or quiet spaces are designated areas where autistic people can use to stim or retre...[...]

Create a “Social story” for your business or organisation

by - 15 April, 2018

Social stories are short guides of a particular situation, event or activity. They include specif...[...]

#Day 13 Making Written Communication Clear

by - 14 April, 2018

Day#13 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about using Plain English when communicating. We often think ...[...]

Making Your Organisation Sensory-Friendly

by - 13 April, 2018

Day#12 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about being aware of people's sensory needs. Autistic individual...[...]

Check out our Sensory Checklist Tool!

by - 13 April, 2018

It's Day 12 of #AsIAmChallenge and things have taken a big step up! Today we are challenging memb...[...]

Autism & Stereotyping

by - 12 April, 2018

Autism is widely known yet it is not widely understood. Awareness of the condition has grown in r...[...]

CALLOUT: World Autism Awareness Month Blogs

by - 6 April, 2018

Personal stories and experiences, sharing and openly discussing them, are what make any awarene...[...]

Sensory Awareness in Practice

by - 4 April, 2018

An autistic person’s brain may struggle to receive and respond to information collected through t...[...]

Top Tips for Being Patient

by - 3 April, 2018

ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION AT A TIME Autistic people love routine and predictability. Knowing what...[...]

World Autism Month: The #AsIAmChallenge

by - 2 April, 2018

World Autism Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the autism community, highlight the chall...[...]

Teach Me AsIAm Early Years Programme Arrives at Limerick

by - 30 March, 2018

Up to sixty early years professionals attended the ‘Teach Me AsIAm’ Early Years seminar in Limeri...[...]

Ciara Walsh: Finding & Working for my Passion

by - 28 March, 2018

All my life I have known that I am different, at the mere age of three I was diagnosed with autis...[...]

DCU Autism-Friendly Campus Launched Today

by - 22 March, 2018

Dublin City University was recognised as the world’s first autism-friendly university by AsIAm to...[...]

Top Tips for an Autism-Friendly St Patrick’s Day

by - 16 March, 2018

St Patrick's Day is a great way to spend time with our friends and families and celebrate being I...[...]

Announcing the 5k Park Run for Autism 2018

by - 14 March, 2018

AsIAm are excited to announce the Park Run for Autism for May 2018! Event organiser, Ciara Rob...[...]

Interview: DCU School of Special & Inclusive Education

by - 13 March, 2018

DCU's School of Special and Inclusive Education are setting up a funded PhD exploring the experie...[...]

Run With Us at the 2018 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon!

by - 12 March, 2018

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ASIAM BY TAKING PART IN THE SSE AIRTRICITY DUBLIN CITY MARATHON 2017 Date: ...[...]

AsIAm Cautiously Welcomes the UNCRPD’s Ratification

by - 8 March, 2018

AsIAm welcomes the government’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Pe...[...]

‘Teach Me As I Am’ Early Years Training Programme Update

by - 3 March, 2018

AsIAm launched the ‘Teach Me As I Am’ Early Years Autism Programme in North Dublin on Monday 19th...[...]

Changes In Routine: What do I do?

by - 28 February, 2018

Changes in schedule or routine can make autistic people – children as well as adults – anxious an...[...]

Secondary School Workshop at Colaiste Gleann Lí

by - 28 February, 2018

This week, Adam Harris visited Colaiste Gleann Lí in Tralee, Co. Kerry, as part of AsIAm’s second...[...]

AsIAm CEO Addresses SuperValu 2018 Conference

by - 27 February, 2018

This week, the AsIAm team attended SuperValu’s annual conference in Killarney, Co. Kerry, with th...[...]

Turning Sixteen

by - 26 February, 2018

Growing up is an inevitable part of life. We often talk about the different challenges and strate...[...]

Welcome to our new Board of Directors members!

by - 22 February, 2018

BRIAN IRWIN Brian is a Cork native, living in the heart of the city all his life. He enjoys orga...[...]

Nicole Duggan: My Boy Blue

by - 19 February, 2018

Nicola Duggan is a young parent of a child on the autism spectrum. She has been blogging about he...[...]

Spotlight: Autism Spectrum Fitness

by - 15 February, 2018

Fitness and keeping up exercise can be challenging habits to start, nevermind keep, for those of ...[...]

Interview: YLT’s Ben Rowsome & his Garda Youth Award

by - 9 February, 2018

Earlier this week, Co. Wicklow's Ben Rowsome was nominated for a Garda Youth Award for his advoca...[...]

The Autism Experience Exhibition is Coming to DCU!

by - 8 February, 2018

We're excited to announce that the AsIAm Autism Experience Exhibition is coming to Dublin City Un...[...]

Recap: Why don’t You start Autism-Friendly Practice?

by - 6 February, 2018

Last week, our CEO Adam Harris featured on RTÉ Radio 1's The Business programme, discussing the g...[...]

Daniel Fitzpatrick: Mental Health & Being on the Autism Spectrum

by - 31 January, 2018

Autistic individuals are likelier to develop complications with their own mental health than thos...[...]

Welcome Progress on Ratifying UN Disabilities Convention in Ireland

by - 30 January, 2018

AsIAm has welcomed progress in ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilit...[...]

AsIAm CEO Condemns Irish Rail’s Quiet Carriages Out-phasing

by - 26 January, 2018

AsIAm CEO Adam Harris has condemned Irish Rail’s move to phase out its quiet carriages from its D...[...]

2018 #AsISayAndDo Blogs Call Out

by - 24 January, 2018

Have a story opinion or blog you're itching to share? AsIAm want to hear from you! Whether you're...[...]

Support our Cyclists: 2018 AsIAm Fundraising Cycle

by - 19 January, 2018

AsIAm are excited to announce the opening of our annual cycle fundraiser for 2018! After a hugel...[...]

Announcing our ‘Teach Me As I Am’ Early Years Programme

by - 12 January, 2018

AsIAm are delighted to announce the dates and locations for our new training programme for early ...[...]

Interview: Dr John Hillery

by - 10 January, 2018

Dr John Hillery is the President of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland.  In this exclusive ...[...]

Tips for an Autism-Friendly Christmas!

by - 21 December, 2017

Christmas is an exciting time for children and adults alike, with the build up now beginning as e...[...]

December Update

by - 20 December, 2017

Nollaig Shona Daoibh! Welcome to our December update! As we round up for 2018, our Founder-CEO A...[...]

Brian Irwin: Accessibility & Finding the Supports You Need

by - 19 December, 2017

Brian Irwin, a self advocate based in Cork, talks about his personal journey as a young person on...[...]

Learn My Language Online Campaign Launch

by - 14 December, 2017

Communication skills are one of the toughest hurdles for autistic people to develop. Many individ...[...]

Autism friendly places Santa will visit this Christmas

by - 7 December, 2017

Thank you to all our Facebook followers who helped us put this great resource together. Below is ...[...]

AsIAm CEO attends SuperValu Autism-Friendly Shopping Project Launch

by - 1 December, 2017

AsIAm Founder and CEO Adam Harris helped launch SuperValu’s Autism-Friendly Shopping project earl...[...]

Kevin Hanly: “Take it One Day at a Time”

by - 28 November, 2017

Beginning a new start anywhere – whether it’s a new school, a new college or a job – is as exciti...[...]

Eleanor Walsh: “You Matter!”

by - 23 November, 2017

Eleanor Walsh, a member of our Youth Leadership Team, lets those of us on the spectrum know why w...[...]

The Autism Experience Exhibition is Coming to Clondalkin

by - 23 November, 2017

We're excited to announce that the AsIAm Autism Experience Exhibition is coming to Clondalkin, Co...[...]

November Update

by - 14 November, 2017

Welcome to our November update! The feedback we’ve been getting about Conference’s theme of ‘exp...[...]

Brian Irwin: Sensory Overload & Meltdowns

by - 8 November, 2017

Sensory overloads are common experiences with many autistic individuals and can often lead to mel...[...]

Interview: PRISM DLR Autism Support Group

by - 25 October, 2017

Support groups are invaluable resources for the autism community, from individuals on the spectru...[...]

Laura Crean: Just what is a ‘successful’ transition?

by - 17 October, 2017

Laura Crean is a member of AsIAm's Youth Leadership Team and currently in her first year of study...[...]

Update: AsIAm National Autism Conference

by - 17 October, 2017

The AsIAm team are extremely busy with last minute preparations for our National Autism Conferenc...[...]

October Update

by - 9 October, 2017

Welcome to our October update! This month, in the lead up to our annual Conference, we’ll be pla...[...]

Kevin McLoughlin: ‘Look At Me Now’

by - 4 October, 2017

Kevin McLoughlin is a member of our Youth Leadership Team and is currently completing his Leaving...[...]

Louise Ryan: Knowing Parents’ Rights for Your Child’s Education

by - 2 October, 2017

Louise Ryan from Co. Limerick, a mother of two young boys on the autistic spectrum, talks about h...[...]

Socialising & Building Social Skills

by - 29 September, 2017

Amid preparing for school or for college, whilst we’re often completely caught up worrying if we’...[...]

AsIAm Founder & CEO Adam Harris Speaks at Mary Immaculate College

by - 25 September, 2017

The AsIAm team travelled to Limerick City on Friday, where our Founder and CEO Adam Harris delive...[...]

Joanne Weller: Back to Education and Transitioning from School to College and Further Education

by - 22 September, 2017

It’s the time of month again to go back to school and starting third level education, even going ...[...]

September Update

by - 11 September, 2017

Welcome to our monthly update for September! This month, as schools and colleges across Ireland ...[...]

AsIAm.ie Strategy 2018-2021: Call for Submissions

by - 7 September, 2017

AsIAm.ie is currently in the process of reviewing and renewing its organisational and campaigns s...[...]

Kevin Hanly: New Journeys Starting College

by - 1 September, 2017

With the college term fast approaching, students across Ireland are busy readying themselves for ...[...]

Spotlight: HSE ASD Review

by - 30 August, 2017

HSE ASD Review The HSE are seeking written submissions for a review into the different services p...[...]

Summer on the Autistic Spectrum: A Parent’s Take

by - 23 August, 2017

Summers can be challenging for the parents of autistic children. With school out, regular routine...[...]

Spotlight: Dr Temple Grandin in Cork

by - 21 August, 2017

The AsIAm team travelled to Cork city this Friday past to attend an afternoon lecture from Dr Tem...[...]

Autism and the Internet: Keeping Yourself Safe Online

by - 11 August, 2017

The internet can be a powerful platform and a huge resource for the autistism community. A wealth...[...]

August Update

by - 10 August, 2017

Welcome to the first of our August update! This August, we will be formatting our work around tw...[...]

Sibling Safety this Summer

by - 4 August, 2017

The season of summer is well underway. As we enter August, children everywhere across Ireland wi...[...]

Spotlight: Sensory Room at the Sligo Clayton Hotel

by - 2 August, 2017

This week, Sligo’s Clayton Hotel became the first hotel in Ireland to establish a room specifical...[...]

Poem: BE YOU – NIQUE

by - 25 July, 2017

Leigh E. O'Brien's young nephew Liam lives with autism. Earlier this year, she composed this poem...[...]

Spotlight: Middletown Centre for Autism

by - 24 July, 2017

The Middletown Centre for Autism is an educational and research facility whose work revolves arou...[...]

Adam Kennefick: Autism Through My Eyes

by - 17 July, 2017

When I was just a small child, my parents and teachers noticed something different about me. They...[...]

The National Disability Inclusion Strategy – what is it?

by - 14 July, 2017

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INCLUSION STRATEGY? The National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2...[...]

Interview: Senator Dr. James Reilly

by - 13 July, 2017

Earlier this week, as his Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill passed through the Seanad, we sat down wi...[...]

Positive progress made as Autism Bill passes through Seanad Éireann

by - 13 July, 2017

AsIAm Ireland has warmly welcomed the passage through Seanad Éireann of the Autism Spectrum Disor...[...]

Interview: Autism, Tipp G.A.A. and Me

by - 6 July, 2017

This week, we sat down with Kevin Hanly, a young man from Tipperary to talk about his experiences...[...]

Sean Foley: My ongoing experiences with feelings

by - 4 July, 2017

For an autistic individual like myself, 'feelings' is something of a grey area. We do experience ...[...]

WE’RE HIRING: AsIAm Information Officer

by - 5 April, 2017

AsIAm is pleased to announce that we have an opening on our team for the position of Information ...[...]

SURVEY: Missing out on school? Have your say!

by - 3 April, 2017

It's World Autism Awareness Month and our opportunity to shine a light on issues affecting our co...[...]

Join Team AsIAm

by - 28 March, 2017

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ASIAM BY TAKING PART IN THE SSE AIRTRICITY DUBLIN CITY MARATHON 2017 AsIAm a...[...]

Top Tips for a Successful St. Patrick’s Day

by - 17 March, 2017

Well excitement will have been building, in schools across Ireland, over the past week for the an...[...]

BLOG: Hello from the other side

by - 10 March, 2017

Trish Flood, a mum to two boys on the Autism Spectrum and a super advocate for the Autism Communi...[...]

Stepping off the treadmill: Getting a Diagnosis as an Adult

by - 10 March, 2017

A blog by Brian Irwin,  AsIAm Volunteer & Secondary School Speaker in the Cork Region [captio...[...]

Autism & Me Documentary – Monday 13th March, 9:35pm on RTE One

by - 8 March, 2017

We are very exciting for the release of a new RTE One Documentary, produced by Firebrand Producti...[...]

Step into the shoes of someone with Autism – FREE Autism Experience Exhibition to visit Tallaght Stadium

by - 7 January, 2017

We are very excited for the AsIAm “Autism Experience” Exhibition to visit Tallaght Stadium on Thu...[...]

SURVEY: Demand for 2nd Level Autism Class in D2, D4, D6/6W

by - 15 December, 2016

 For many children on the Autism Spectrum, the transition to mainstream Secondary School represen...[...]

The Autism Experience Exhibition is coming to Portlaoise!

by - 22 November, 2016

We are very excited for the AsIAm “Autism Experience” Exhibition to visit the Portlaoise Heritage...[...]

Bring your school/youth club – Autism Experience Exhibition to visit Ennis

by - 10 October, 2016

We are so excited to be bringing our YouthHub "Autism Experience" Exhibition to the Temple Gate H...[...]

AsIAm “The Autism Experience” Exhibition to visit Ennis

by - 8 October, 2016

We are very excited to announce the AsIAm "Autism Experience" Exhibition will visit the Temple Ga...[...]

NEW SERIES – “AutismQs” – Your Questions, Answered

by - 9 September, 2016

During the month of September, AsIAm is excited to be bringing you a whole range of new content, ...[...]

VIDEO: AsIAm Says Hi – What supports are available to students with Autism?

by - 8 September, 2016

There is so many different people and organisations doing great things to support people with Aut...[...]

VIDEO: Autism – Emily’s perspective as a sibling

by - 6 September, 2016

We recently came across this extraordinary video on YouTube. The video features the sibling of a ...[...]

NEW: Adam’s Video Blog

by - 1 September, 2016

Hey everyone! Since Day 1, I have tried to keep everyone posted on our work via a regular blog. I...[...]

Community Voice: Our September Wishlist

by - 1 September, 2016

AsIAm is all about the voice of the Autism community. We love nothing more than receiving content...[...]

NEW MONTHLY COMPETITION: Your thoughts on…

by - 1 September, 2016

We are excited to announce a new monthly competition on AsIAm.ie! Every month we will ask users t...[...]

Top Tips: Supporting a son/daughter making the move to 3rd Level

by - 29 August, 2016

Watching a son or daughter make the move to college can be nerve-wracking and emotional for any p...[...]

Top Tips for a Successful First Year in College

by - 29 August, 2016

The Leaving Cert Results are in, the offers have been made and the summer is drawing rapidly to a...[...]

Fantastic, FREE Autism Training for Parents & Teachers

by - 18 August, 2016

We frequently receive enquiries from parents and teachers in relation enquiring about training op...[...]

AsIAm 100km Cycle – A great success!

by - 9 June, 2016

The Inaugural AsIAm 100km Cycle took place on Saturday 28th May, starting in the Killiney Castle ...[...]

Support Our Cyclists: Inaugural AsIAm 100km Fundraising Cycle

by - 20 May, 2016

It's nearly the 28th May and that can mean just one thing - the Inaugural AsIAm 100km Fundraising...[...]

Marathons (Mini & Large!) – Run, Walk or Crawl for AsIAm.ie

by - 30 January, 2016

The first day of Spring looms and so it is almost time to knock off the cobwebs and get back in s...[...]

Ireland’s first autism friendly university might be on the way…

by - 20 January, 2016

We were delighted to see coverage of our new project, with DCU and Specialisterne Ireland in to...[...]

Survey: What attitude do neurotypical young people have towards young people with Autism?

by - 11 January, 2016

AsIAm.ie is currently preparing a major national awareness campaign aimed at educating neurotypic...[...]

AsIAm National Autism Conference 2016 – “Empowering Potential”

by - 9 December, 2015

AsIAm is pleased to announce that we will host our Inaugural National Autism Conference, during...[...]

Public Meetings – AsIAm Youth Awareness Campaign

by - 25 November, 2015

Calling all young people with Autism & Family Members! As you probably know, AsIAm recently ...[...]

Adam’s Blog: On the Road – literally and metaphorically!

by - 29 October, 2015

The last few weeks have been insanely busy for us in AsIAm.ie, with the "Back to School" period s...[...]

Exciting News: AsIAm YOUth Panel & Autism Awareness Campaign

by - 23 October, 2015

AsIAm is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Department of Justice a...[...]

Survey: Proposed National Autism Conference

by - 24 September, 2015

AsIAm.ie is excited to announce that we will hold our Inaugural Conference in 2016! We hope thi...[...]

Yvonne Newbold: Top Tips for Parents at the start of the School Year

by - 8 September, 2015

Yvonne Newbold is a parent and advocate for those affected by Autism in the UK. Yvonne wrote a bo...[...]

Fionn Hamill: The Challenge of Change in a New School Year

by - 7 September, 2015

Our Friend and Frequent Blogger, Fionn Hamill, writes on the challenges of change in the new scho...[...]

Michael Ryan: Secondary School – Getting off to the right start

by - 1 September, 2015

Starting or returning to Secondary School can be a big change and a challenge for all students, h...[...]

Download: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 31 August, 2015

It's hard to believe it, but summer had already drawn to a close! While it seems like only yester...[...]

Adam’s Blog: To educate children, we must educate parents too

by - 6 July, 2015

If you ever have the opportunity to discuss Autism with a young child I highly recommend it. I ha...[...]

#AskTheDentist – LIVE AT 8PM!

by - 22 June, 2015

  To go direct to the Q&A please click here AsIAm aims to provide you access to the be...[...]

Interview: Dina Andreucetti of Brasserie 7 on Autism-Friendly Sittings

by - 22 June, 2015

On the 31st March 2015, AsIAm launched its new initiative "AsYouCan", aimed at engaging civic soc...[...]

Adam’s Blog: When we talk to people, they are listening!

by - 15 June, 2015

Hey everyone, It's been a couple of weeks since I've written a blog, but we have made exciting p...[...]

Have your voice heard: Study on Irish Adults with Autism

by - 11 May, 2015

It is often said that there is a lack of services and awareness of the challenges adults with Asp...[...]

AsYouCan: Focus on Sports & Extra-Curricular Clubs

by - 22 April, 2015

As part of our “AsYouCan” Campaign, for World Autism Awareness Month, each day in April we will s...[...]

President Michael D. Higgins becomes Patron of AsIAm.ie

by - 22 April, 2015

AsIAm.ie is pleased to announce that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has kindly agr...[...]

“AsYouCan”: Focus on Healthcare

by - 14 April, 2015

As part of our “AsYouCan” Campaign, for World Autism Awareness Month, each day in April we will s...[...]

Adam’s Blog: “AsYouCan” Campaign Update

by - 13 April, 2015

Good morning all! I am on a train to Roscommon, where we will today bring our Schools Programme t...[...]

“AsYouCan”: Focus on Public Transport

by - 10 April, 2015

As part of our “AsYouCan” Campaign, for World Autism Awareness Month, each day in April we will s...[...]

“AsYouCan”: Focus on Restaurants & Bars

by - 9 April, 2015

As part of our “AsYouCan” Campaign, for World Autism Awareness Month, each day in April we will...[...]

“AsYouCan”: Focus on Retail

by - 8 April, 2015

  As part of our "AsYouCan" Campaign, for World Autism Awareness Month, each day in April...[...]

AsYouCan Campaign – What can you do to be more Autism-Friendly?

by - 1 April, 2015

This World Autism Awareness Month, AsIAm is calling on every individual, organisation and sector ...[...]

Sean Foley: Retail and Aspergers Syndrome

by - 23 February, 2015

Sean Foley, a frequent blogger on this site, shares his experiences of retail, both sides of th...[...]

If society was to change in one small way, what should it do?

by - 13 February, 2015

We need you help! We are currently working on a campaign aimed at engaging various different sect...[...]

Julie Direen: Why I wouldn’t change my son one bit!

by - 12 February, 2015

Being a parent of a child with Autism can be challenging but, as Julie Direen shares, it can also...[...]

Sean Foley: A High-Functioning Airline?

by - 4 February, 2015

Sean Foley is a self-advocate, based in Co. Kerry. Sean frequently writes and speaks about his ex...[...]

Carrie Burton: Acceptance and Understanding is key

by - 2 February, 2015

[caption id="attachment_3318" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carrie, centre, at our recent "Back ...[...]

Fionn Hamill: How I learned to mix with people, P2

by - 30 January, 2015

In Part 2 of his awesome blog on learning to mix with other people, Fionn Hamill talks sports tea...[...]

Video: I am just like you

by - 29 January, 2015

We received this from a parent and we love the message - Autism is only one part of anyone! It's ...[...]

Fionn Hamill: How did I learn to mix with people?

by - 28 January, 2015

Fionn Hamill, a frequent blogger here and on his own blog, autisticandproud.wordpress.com, shares...[...]

Adam appears on “The Saturday Night Show”

by - 26 January, 2015

Our Founder, Adam Harris joined Brendan O'Connor on "The Saturday Night Show", last week , to dis...[...]

Adam’s Blog: How you can get involved & why we need YOU!

by - 24 January, 2015

I am sitting here preparing for "The Saturday Night Show", which I will be appearing on this even...[...]

Good News Monday: Joe Smidt visits the Terenure Tigers

by - 16 January, 2015

The Terenure Tigers are an inclusive Rugby team serving children, with a special need or needs, i...[...]

Full Coverage: Middletown Centre for Autism “Enabling Education” Conference

by - 8 January, 2015

The Middletown Centre for Autism recently held a super international conference entitled "Enablin...[...]

AsIAm seeks cultural and legislative change to protect vulnerable people

by - 10 December, 2014

The online support and advocacy group for people with autism, AsIAm.ie, has said Ireland needs ...[...]

OPEN FOR ENQUIRIES: AsIAm Secondary School Workshop

by - 8 December, 2014

AsIAm.ie recently launched its first programme, which see trained volunteers visit Secondary Scho...[...]

Jonathan Victory: Aspergers Syndrome & Martial Arts

by - 5 December, 2014

Jonathan Victory shares his positive experiences of Martial Arts as someone with Aspergers Synd...[...]

HELP NEEDED: Putting Autism on the Map – AsIAm Mapping of Autism Services

by - 3 December, 2014

AsIAm.ie was founded to help to empower people and families affected by Autism, through arming th...[...]

Sensory Simulation: What is the supermarket like if you have Autism?

by - 27 November, 2014

Have you ever been in the Supermarket and seen a child "making a scene" or getting very agitated ...[...]

Good News & Public Meeting : Anthony Doolan & Carer’s Allowance

by - 25 November, 2014

Anthony Doolan is the Founder and Coordinator of the Kildare / West Dublin Autism Parents Support...[...]

Dolores Crowley: Let’s focus on the positives

by - 10 November, 2014

Dolores Crowley works for Financial Wellbing, advising parents of children with Special Needs abo...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Schools, Support Groups & the Summit

by - 10 November, 2014

It has been a crazy few weeks! I haven't had the chance to blog personally and update everyone on...[...]

Autism Community – Events Diary: November

by - 4 November, 2014

AsIAm works hard to bring all the brilliant work and events around the country into one place for...[...]

Free Ebook: 30 Winning Tips for Better Meetings by Yvonne Newbold

by - 31 October, 2014

One stressful aspect of being a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum is getting the right sup...[...]

Cheer Up Tuesday: One Young World – “Move to Include”

by - 21 October, 2014

We have been out there this morning and it is a cold, drab day out there! Need a cheer-up? Then, ...[...]

AUCTION: Calling all GAA & Golf Fanatics!

by - 16 October, 2014

On Halloween 2014, the Opening Training College is organising a fundraising coffee morning for 4 ...[...]

Bray Lions Club: “The Great Bray Table Quiz” in aid of AsIAm.ie!

by - 10 October, 2014

AsIAm.ie has always been lucky to enjoy the help and support of Bray Lions Club and the Lions Clu...[...]

SURVEY: Autism Spectrum Conditions and Employment

by - 8 October, 2014

AsIAm.ie is committed to addressing the social issues surrounding Autism. We have been aware for ...[...]

Lisa Domican: If I can’t talk, how can I tell you where it hurts?

by - 1 October, 2014

Lisa Domican, Founder of Grace App, talks about the challenge for parents in identifying pain in ...[...]

Being a young researcher in the field of Autism: How I got here and where I want to go.

by - 30 September, 2014

Niamh McDevitt is a PhD student in Trinity College Dublin, and a research in the field of Autis...[...]

Parents Guide: Birthday Parties

by - 29 September, 2014

Attending, and having, a Birthday party is an important part of growing up! For children with A...[...]

Alan Cuthbert: Setting up a Special Needs Bank Account

by - 26 September, 2014

Many of our parent users are interested and concerned about the financial and legal security of t...[...]

Dr. Rod Pitcher: Finding out I had Aspergers Syndrome…

by - 25 September, 2014

Dr. Rod Pitcher, PhD, shares his experiences growing up without knowing he had Aspergers Syndrome...[...]

HEA Consultation: How can we make Higher Education better for people with Autism?

by - 15 September, 2014

Do you have a condition on the Autism Spectrum? Have you a son/daughter with the condition? Are y...[...]

RTE News Six:One – AsIAm.ie “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 10 September, 2014

The challenges of "Back to School" for students with Autism, and the launch of the AsIAm.ie "Back...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Schools Programme Update

by - 9 September, 2014

It has been an exciting few weeks since my last blog, with the launch of our "Back to School" Han...[...]

Declan Lynch: Am I glad my son is autistic?

by - 8 September, 2014

Last week, Declan talked about coming to terms with diagnosis, from the point of view of a fathe...[...]

Aspire Ireland Drama Classes

by - 4 September, 2014

There are limited places available on the highly successful Aspire Drama in Education Programme...[...]

Video: “Listen” – An insight into Autism

by - 28 August, 2014

We came across this video by designer / animator, Marisabel Fernandez. "Listen", tries to give an...[...]

“Back to School”: Buddy System

by - 28 August, 2014

Many parents at this time of the year will be concerned about their son / daughter being left beh...[...]

Looking for Inclusive Sport? Check out the Terenure Tigers!

by - 27 August, 2014

Yesterday we featured a blog from parent, Kenneth Whelan, about the benefits CoderDojo, as an ext...[...]

AUTISM EVENTS: Make use of the AsIAm Calender!

by - 27 August, 2014

AsIAm.ie is aiming to be the one-stop-shop of information on Autism in Ireland, in recent weeks w...[...]

Fionn Hamill: Back to School, are you ready?

by - 27 August, 2014

Back to School, are you ready? Here our regular blogger, Fionn Hamill, shares his answer and give...[...]

What do they do? – A Guide to the various education agencies / officers

by - 26 August, 2014

Back to School means back to an endless number of phone calls, letters and meetings, for many par...[...]

Parents Discussion: Ideas, Experiences and Concerns around “Back to School”

by - 25 August, 2014

Since our successful "Back to School" Handbooks launch last week, we have been delighted with the...[...]

Kenneth Whelan: “Why don’t you take Ethan to this CoderDojo thing?”

by - 25 August, 2014

Many families affected by Autism may be considering possible suitable extra-curricular activities...[...]

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My Child / All About Me Handbooks: Every child with Autism is different

by - 24 August, 2014

There is an old adage: "If you know one person with Autism, you know one person with Autism" It ...[...]

Photo Gallery: AsIAm “Back to School” Media Launch

by - 23 August, 2014

We are delighted with the response we have received from our recent media launch of our "Back to ...[...]

Newstalk Breakfast: Vanessa Fox-O’Loughlin shares her story & AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 22 August, 2014

Yesterday we were delighted to launch our AsIAm "Back to School" Handbooks for teachers, parents...[...]

Press Conference: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 21 August, 2014

AsIAm.ie has today published a series of guides to help people with autism deal with the major ch...[...]

Sean O’Rourke Show Podcast: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 20 August, 2014

Tomorrow, AsIAm will launch its "Back to School" Handbooks on Autism, for parents, students and t...[...]

Download Today: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

by - 20 August, 2014

Education can throw up many challenges for students with Autism such as the environment, structur...[...]

Bray Lakers Video – Who needs Garth Brooks?

by - 28 July, 2014

These past few weeks the country has been inconsolable due to the Garth Brooks saga. Here at AsI...[...]

Improving our site for people with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

by - 24 July, 2014

AsIAm.ie is committed to continuously improving the service we offer, in  order to live true to o...[...]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: New Foróige Youth Club for Teens with ASD – coming to Goatstown October 2014

by - 24 July, 2014

Foróige, Ireland's leading national youth organisation changing the lives of young people aged 10...[...]

Your Ideas – AsIAm Schools Programme

by - 23 July, 2014

School plays a major part in everyone's life at some stage - first as a student and then, often, ...[...]

Research Opportunity: HFA / AS & Anxiety

by - 7 July, 2014

Bronagh Flynn is a PhD researcher in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. She is cur...[...]

SPOT Therapy Summer Camp & Preparing for changes in school

by - 3 July, 2014

SPOT Therapy shares time on preparing for changes in school and about their summer camp. Prepari...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Our first AsIAm Liaison Officer Meeting

by - 27 June, 2014

I haven't had the opportunity to write my own blog on the site for a few weeks as we have been bu...[...]

Joanne Fine: Lego Camp

by - 25 June, 2014

Joanne Fine is a speech & Language Therapist working in a private capacity in DLR (Buttercup ...[...]

NCSE SNA Allocations

by - 25 June, 2014

The National Council for Special Education has published its SNA allocation for September 2014, o...[...]

Carrie Burton: Jack makes three for us

by - 17 June, 2014

Frequent blogger and AsIAm Liaison Officer, Carrie Burton, writes of the challenges of a third di...[...]

Sinead Farrelly: Living with Asperger’s in College

by - 17 June, 2014

Sinead Farrelly bravely tells us what it's been like being an 'aspie' in college. Originally publ...[...]

Social Opportunities for Adults

by - 16 June, 2014

For those of on the Spectrum, socialising can definitely be tough. This is true especially in the...[...]

Yvonne Newbold: 10 Great Things People with Autism can add to society

by - 3 June, 2014

Yvonne Newbold is the author of "The Special Parent's Handbook", a practical, hands-on parenting ...[...]

Ambassador of Ability: Amazing performance by Martin Finn on “The Late Late Show”

by - 17 May, 2014

We were really inspired by the appearance of Martin Finn and his father, John, on the "The Late L...[...]

Adam’s Blog: From Morocco to the Aras

by - 9 May, 2014

It has certainly been a very busy few weeks and so I am sorry to only be finding the time to upda...[...]

Our visit to Aras an Uachtarain

by - 9 May, 2014

AsIAm.ie Press Release and Photo Gallery from our recent visit to Aras an Uachtarain Tuesday May ...[...]

Fionn & Caoilte Hamill: Our Trip to the AsIAm Launch

by - 23 April, 2014

On Monday a few weeks ago, our family drove up the road to Dublin. As you may know, Adam Harris i...[...]

CALL-OUT: Local AsIAm Liaison Officers

by - 23 April, 2014

Since launch day we have been working hard, travelling Ireland to promote our message and buildin...[...]

Claire Heylin: The abilities of children with Aspergers Syndrome

by - 15 April, 2014

Primary school teacher Claire Heylin taught in the Asperger’s unit in St Joseph’s CBS, Fairview, ...[...]

Shauna Gilligan: “Mama, the sunrise is orange”

by - 14 April, 2014

Shauna Gilligan is a writer and mother of a son on the Autism Spectrum. In the article below, she...[...]

Carrie Burton: A second diagnosis in the family

by - 14 April, 2014

Frequent blogger, Carrie Burton, writes on the recent diagnosis of her second child, Ava, with AD...[...]

WAA Week Round-Up

by - 7 April, 2014

It's only the start of World Autism Awareness Month, but for many the week around World Autism Aw...[...]

Minister Reilly comments on launch of AsIAm.ie

by - 7 April, 2014

Minister Reilly's recent statement on the launch of AsIAm.ie The Minister for Health, Dr. James ...[...]

OPEN: July Provision Applications

by - 7 April, 2014

Children on the Autism Spectrum are eligible for a maximum of 40 hours tuition (or 10 hours per w...[...]

Dr Aoife Lyons: Organisational & Study Skills

by - 5 April, 2014

  Dr Aoife Lyons, licensed clinical psychologist and university lecturer in UCD and DCU, ha...[...]

Lorraine Dempsey – Getting the real message of Autism to the public

by - 5 April, 2014

This week we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day #WAAD2014, but what does that really entail? W...[...]

Knocktemple NS Autism Awareness Week

by - 4 April, 2014

Knocktemple National School was the first school in Cavan to set up an Autism class, 7 years ago....[...]

Mairead Quinn: Our Doggy Superheroes

by - 4 April, 2014

April  is Autism Awareness Month but we’re aware of Autism 365 days a year in our house. Our hom...[...]

Noel Quigley: Our lovely daughter with Autism

by - 3 April, 2014

Following on from his recent article on his son with Aspergers, Noel, an AsiAm.ie board member, w...[...]

Vanessa Fox-O’Loughlin: Get Writing for AsIAm.ie

by - 3 April, 2014

Vanessa is an author, agent and director of writing.ie, Ireland's national writing website. She a...[...]

Lisa Domican: A is for Acceptance

by - 2 April, 2014

Lisa Domican is a mother of 2 children (Grace and Liam, pictured) on the Autism Spectrum and a so...[...]

Adam’s Blog: This WAAD – Let’s “normalise” diversity

by - 2 April, 2014

My blog for World Autism Awareness Day - By Adam Harris Normal is a strange word we use to defin...[...]

Carrie Burton: Autism has made us who we are

by - 2 April, 2014

Regular blogger, Carrie Burton, talks about how Autism has challenged, but also strengthened, her...[...]

VIDEO: Living with Autism – AsIAm.ie Stakeholders

by - 2 April, 2014

As part of our launch celebrations and preparations for World Autism Awareness Day 2014. We aske...[...]

Launch Poem: Erin Fornoff

by - 2 April, 2014

Erin Fornoff is a published poet and Artistic Director for Lingo, Ireland’s first spoken work fes...[...]

Asperger’s Story – Noel Quigley

by - 1 April, 2014

Noel Quigley is a Board Member of AsIAm.ie - here he shares his experiences of raising a son with...[...]

What do YOU want us to do?

by - 1 April, 2014

Well.. last night was launch night! It was amazing to hear the excitement at the event from stak...[...]

AsIAm Launch: Adam’s Speech

by - 1 April, 2014

We held our formal media launch last night - showcasing our site and outlining our aspirations to...[...]

Dr Aoife Lyons: Things students with Autism or ADHD would like their teachers to know

by - 23 March, 2014

Dr Aoife Lyons, licensed clinical psychologist and university lecturer in UCD and DCU, puts herse...[...]

This Week: 5 Must-See Autism Videos

by - 9 March, 2014

To bring to life what we have been talking about on AsIAm.ie, today we bring you 5 must-see video...[...]

Want to win a Zoomer Dog? To be in with a chance, register in next 48 hours!

by - 17 February, 2014

We have spent the last 2 months focusing on getting the sites content to a high standard and list...[...]

Good News: Happy Birthday Colin

by - 12 February, 2014

Its a wet, miserable evening outside so we decided it was important to share something positive! ...[...]

Safe Internet Day: An Autism Perspective

by - 11 February, 2014

AsIAm.ie would like to take this opportunity to mark the important occasion that is Safe Internet...[...]

New Research: Why do those of us with Autism withdraw?

by - 6 February, 2014

Enjoys his/her own company. Amused by his/her own thoughts. Detached from surroundings. Self-impo...[...]

Video: “What is Autism”

by - 4 February, 2014

Galway Autism Partnership has created this super video "Autism is". The question "What is Autism...[...]

Event: Lego Therapy Sessions

by - 3 February, 2014

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this event notice for Buttercup Speech and Language Therapy, who w...[...]

What I wish I’d known about Aspergers

by - 3 February, 2014

In this guest blog, our contributor brilliantly gives, what so many parents of children with Auti...[...]

Newstalk Mindfeed: “Pitch of the Week”

by - 2 February, 2014

Adam Harris was on Newstalk MindFeed this morning with Norah Casey for "Pitch of the Week" Durin...[...]

Withdrawal Rooms Campaign: Morning Ireland

by - 30 January, 2014

AsIAm.ie is continuing to campaign on the issue of the misuse of withdrawal/isolation rooms in AS...[...]

Under-16s with ADHD now entitled to Long-Term Illness Card

by - 28 January, 2014

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, has recommended that all people with ADHD be deemed automatically e...[...]

Public Perception: What YOU think. What I feel

by - 23 January, 2014

AsIAm.ie is committed to reaching out to the general public, who may have no knowledge of the con...[...]

Mary’s Blog: My views on managing behaviour in school – as a parent and SNA

by - 22 January, 2014

Mary Harris writes this week on her views of on managing and supporting a child with Autism's beh...[...]

Survey: National Autism Registry & Biobank

by - 22 January, 2014

As you may know, we have been delighted to be able to play some small part, in recent weeks, in t...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Importance of making Autism an issue for everyone

by - 20 January, 2014

A number of days ago I visited IADT in Dun Laoghaire to speak to "Psyc Soc" the college's society...[...]

Research Opportunity: Identifying Risk Factors in Autism

by - 17 January, 2014

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. If you are interested in...[...]

Petition: Withdrawal Rooms in ASD Units

by - 13 January, 2014

  Some of our readers may have seen an article on TheJournal.ie this morning in relation to...[...]

Publich Consultation Meeting – Establishment of National Registry for Autism and Related Disorders

by - 9 January, 2014

AsIAm.ie is delighted to be helping with this important project - we hope to see many of you at t...[...]

Planes, Asperger Syndrome, and Airports

by - 8 January, 2014

Introduction My name is Sean Foley. I am 25 years old and I have Asperger Syndrome – an autistic...[...]

Travels with my Aspergers Syndrome

by - 7 January, 2014

In 2013 I had more travel experiences than in any year gone by in my 25 years on the planet. Most...[...]

Wishlist: January 6th – Sunday 12th January 2013

by - 6 January, 2014

Do you really want to spend another week with us just talking, talking, talking at you? We don't!...[...]

Tips for SNAs in the Post-Christmas Re-Adjustment Period

by - 6 January, 2014

Mary Harris (Mother of Adam, SNA & Director of AsIAm.ie) shares her tips on helping and suppo...[...]

Book Review: The Rosie Project

by - 6 January, 2014

Vanesssa Fox-O'Loughlin is a Director of AsIAm.ie and the Founder and Editor of Writing.ie. Over ...[...]

State Exams Students: Facing Back to School

by - 5 January, 2014

Between now and June is a big time for everyone doing the Junior or Leaving Cert this year. It wo...[...]

Back to School Blues: Parent’s Guide

by - 4 January, 2014

Santa has been and gone and turkey dinners are, by now, just a far and distant memory..... and on...[...]

Wishlists

by - 2 January, 2014

AsIAm.ie is committed to providing you with the most relevant, interesting and human stories and ...[...]

Family Guide: Minimise Stress & Maximise Fun at Christmas

by - 18 December, 2013

Christmas time is an extra busy time in all homes ,routine changes, our houses are usually busier...[...]

Autism and Video games

by - 16 December, 2013

"Everything in moderation" is a classic cliche and yet it really sums up good advice when it come...[...]

Vote for Fionn

by - 12 December, 2013

Our friend, frequent blogger and fellow Autism awareness activist, Fionn Hamill, has been nominat...[...]

Adam’s Blog: AsIAm is finally here!

by - 10 December, 2013

It is 3 years next month, from when I first sat down in the International Bar, in Wicklow Street,...[...]

Susan Boyle: I have Aspergers Syndrome

by - 10 December, 2013

We here in AsIAm have been reading, with much interest, the announcement from Susan Boyle, in an ...[...]

Adam’s Blog: What I have been up to?

by - 29 July, 2013

Hi Everyone! It has been a couple of busy weeks since I have had the chance to sit down and upda...[...]

Fionn & Helen Hamill: AS & The Challenges of School Holidays

by - 10 July, 2013

School holidays, especially the long Summer break, can be very challenging times for people wit...[...]

Adam appointed to NCSE Consultative Forum

by - 5 July, 2013

We are delighted to announce that the National Council for Special Education appointed our Founde...[...]

Adam Harris’ Interview on SNAs and NCSE’s Announcement

by - 23 June, 2013

On Friday last, Adam joined Norah Casey of Newstalk Breakfast to discuss the role played by SNAs ...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Freedom at Last

by - 21 June, 2013

It took 2 years in special needs education and 12 in mainstream education but on Wednesday last I...[...]

Ann Kennedy: The challenges of growing up undiagnosed

by - 2 May, 2013

Ann Kennedy is a 60 year old lady living with Asperger's Syndrome. In this incredibly honest pie...[...]

Carrie Burton: Communion Day – The Day We Thought We’d Never See!

by - 1 May, 2013

In this article our regular contributor, Carrie Burton, shares her experiences of preparing her d...[...]

Ben: Our School Autism Talk

by - 25 April, 2013

We were delighted to open our inbox today and find this lovely article from Ben, in St. Cronan's ...[...]

Fionn & Caoilte: What people should be aware of about Asperger’s

by - 2 April, 2013

It's World Autism Awareness Day so brothers, Fionn and Caoilte Hamill, fills us in on what he fe...[...]

Adam’s Blog: World Autism Awareness Day

by - 2 April, 2013

Happy World Autism Awareness Day! Throughout the globe today buildings such as the Empire State B...[...]

Fionn & Helen Hamill – Why we blog

by - 1 April, 2013

Writing about personal experiences can be tough - it can be considered embarrassing and many of u...[...]

Support: Holiday Time

by - 27 March, 2013

School's out! As you are aware the school's broke up for Easter on Friday and won't be back for a...[...]

Adam’s Blog: Coping with the Senses

by - 12 March, 2013

It has been great to see some really interesting content on the site over the last couple of week...[...]

Mother’s Day: Susan Browne – Amazing Brains

by - 10 March, 2013

Today is Mother's Day and we want to celebrate and support all those brilliant Mum's of children ...[...]

Caoilte Hamill: The Pros & Cons of having an older brother with Asperger’s!

by - 8 March, 2013

We were delighted to receive a blog from Caoilte Hamill, brother of Fionn - our regular contribut...[...]

Explainer: Autism Bill 2012

by - 8 March, 2013

Today Dail Eireann debates the Autism Bill 2012, tabled by Michael McCarthy TD, the bill, if pass...[...]

Louise Greene – My Experience of Social Stories

by - 27 February, 2013

Louise Greene shares her views and experiences of social stories in her latest piece for AsIAm.ie...[...]

Susan Helper – Our Experiences of AS & Drug Abuse

by - 25 February, 2013

Susan Helper is a parent of a young man with Aspergers who is recovering from a drug addiction in...[...]

Fionn Hamill: Meltdowns

by - 22 February, 2013

In this very frank and honest article, Fionn Hamill brilliantly explains what having a meltdown i...[...]

Keith Young – Life at Camp Akeela

by - 22 February, 2013

Keith Young, is a PhD student in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at the Univ...[...]

Innovation: The Story of the Grace App

by - 18 February, 2013

In the latest article of our Innovation series, which celebrates and raises awareness of creative...[...]

Becky Heaver: “And a self-advocate is born”

by - 15 February, 2013

Becky Heaver, PhD, tells us about her work as a person with Aspergers Syndrome who also runs a s...[...]

Restarting Routine: Back to School

by - 15 February, 2013

Just the weekend now lies between the end of midterm and the long-dreaded return to school. Asper...[...]

Interview: Sensodyne Dentist of the Year, Dr. Gillian Smith

by - 14 February, 2013

Today we finally got an opportunity to catch up with Dr. Gillian Smith, Founder and Principal Pr...[...]

Ideas: Dealing with hypersensitivity / overstimulation Part 1

by - 13 February, 2013

Many people with Aspergers Syndrome find sensory overload (hypersensitivity / overstimulation) a ...[...]

Guest Blog: Fionn Hamill – My Most Annoying Habits

by - 2 February, 2013

Fionn Hamill, our guest blogger, tells us about his AS-related bad habits in his his latest fra...[...]

Guest Blog: Fionn Hamill – I like being different

by - 31 January, 2013

In his latest blog for AspergersAdvice.org, Fionn Hamill brilliantly explains how Aspergers Syn...[...]

It’s a Small World, Asper-All

by - 31 January, 2013

Jennifer O'Toole, Founder and CEO of AsperKids, writes about her recent trip to Europe to promote...[...]

Loving Someone with Asperger’s Syndrome

by - 31 January, 2013

Dr. Cindy Ariel runs a psychology practise, Alternative Choices, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania an...[...]

Guest Blog: Fionn Hamill – Making Friends

by - 30 January, 2013

Today, Fionn Hamill, our guest blogger (see his blog Autisticandproud.wordpress.com) sheds some l...[...]

Helen Hamill: Early Help

by - 30 January, 2013

He was 5 years old. We had noticed that even after reading his favourite book every night for mon...[...]

Carrie Burton – Living with Autism

by - 30 January, 2013

My daughter Mia has Aspergers. She is 8 and was first diagnosed when she was 4. It has been a lon...[...]

Guest Blogger: Fionn Hamill – Dislikes

by - 29 January, 2013

Fionn Hamill, this week's guest blogger, sheds some light on an important topic for so many peopl...[...]

Guest Blog: Fionn & Helen Hamill – School and its difficulties and advantages for Aspies

by - 28 January, 2013

The transition to Secondary School is a challenge for many people with Aspergers Syndrome, and ca...[...]

Guest Blog: Dr. Josie Dovidio – Dental Health Considerations & Aspergers Syndrome

by - 28 January, 2013

Dr. Josie (as most patients call her) spends her spare time delighting in her husband and 2 sons,...[...]

Guest Blog – Fionn Hamill: When Someone Dies

by - 28 January, 2013

Many people with Aspergers Syndrome struggle to define or understand their emotions, especially a...[...]

Guest Blog – Fionn Hamill: Performing in Pantomine

by - 26 January, 2013

Fionn Hamill, is a 12 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome and he writes about his life at autist...[...]

Holly Adams: Teaching drama to children with AS

by - 24 January, 2013

Holly Adams shares her blog of her experiences of teaching drama and theater workshops to childre...[...]

Getting to College: DARE Scheme

by - 17 January, 2013

It's that time of year again! Students up and down the country are preparing to sit the Leaving C...[...]

DSM-V – What Does It All Mean?

by - 16 January, 2013

As many of you will be aware that American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently announced the p...[...]

Video: Adam talks to Founder of Specialisterne, Thorkil Sonne

by - 19 December, 2012

AspergersAdvice's Adam Harris was at the recent launch of Specialisterne Ireland, a programme des...[...]

Personal Story: Aspergers & Anxiety

by - 6 October, 2012

Louise Greene is mum to a 7 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome. Below she tells of his struggle...[...]

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