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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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Autism Strategy Tomorrow evening, Sinn Féin will be submitting a Private Member's Bill to establ...[...]

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Our Week Online – 31/3/2019

by - 31 March, 2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Today happens to be AsIAm's fifth birthday! So it would be rude not t...[...]

Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools 2019

by - 29 March, 2019

Calling all schools, teachers, and educators! April is World Autism Month, and we have developed ...[...]

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SuperValu and AsIAm Inclusive Communities Award

by - 29 March, 2019

AsIAm and SuperValu have a strong partnership in supporting communities to become autism-friendly...[...]

Rebecca Parke – Making Good Friends

by - 28 March, 2019

This week AsIAm launched a new Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to facilitate unde...[...]

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The Autism Community on Special Interests!

by - 25 March, 2019

Last month we held a competition on our social media for a family pass to Dublin Comic Con. To en...[...]

Our Week Online – 24/3/2019

by - 24 March, 2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. The countdown to April has begun, it's a really important month for A...[...]

What We Learned – Parent Wellness and Self-Care

by - 20 March, 2019

Last week we held our Community Support event in Tipperary on Parent Well-Being and Self-Care. Th...[...]

Free SuperValu Home Delivery to the Autism Community for April!

by - 20 March, 2019

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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 ...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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 Phasing-Out

by - 26 January, 2018

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

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 ...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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...[...]

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 ...[...]

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...[...]

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 ...[...]

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...[...]

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

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