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Our Week Online – 10/3/2019

Hello, and welcome to Our Week Online. This week we celebrated Pancake Tuesday, World Book Day, and International Women’s Day. Tomorrow’s Monday, but we’re going to do our best to celebrate that too. In the UK, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency have U-turned on their decision to force autistic licensed drivers to disclose their …

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Advice on Education Plans ~ AsIAm Explains

In December of last year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) advised their members against drafting and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – and any similar initiatives – rejecting “the imposition of a special education needs model which takes no account of the time, workload and practical implications …

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Our Week Online – 3/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online – because these days, media is all about the signal boost. In the UK, research has found that 1 in 5 women presenting to UK anorexia clinics may be autistic and tailored therapies and treatments for autistic patients should be implemented, says Autistica. Research from Australia has found that injuries …

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Our Week Online – 24/2/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Did anyone else struggle with knowing what to wear in the sudden warm weather this week? We are entering a season of change and transitions (Spring, it’s Spring), and if you’re going through any changes in your own life, take care of yourself. And maybe don’t put away your coats …

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Our Week Online – 10/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. Sit down, why don’t you? A quarter of the disabled population of Ireland live in poverty, and while 42% of applications for disability allowance were rejected in 2018, about 70% of appeals were granted. The Irish Examiner reports on the arduous process of applying and reapplying for disability allowance in …

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Our Week Online – 16/12/2018

Welcome to the last Our Week Online of 2018. This will be our last round up of the year because we’ve reached that time when we look back on the year that was, look forward in hope for the future, and panic over gift shopping, enormous dinners, and seasonal sensory overload. Break open an early …

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Our Week Online – 9/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. Don’t know what it is about December, but the autism and disability stories just keep coming. That, or we just like reading them! This week the Department of Health published two reports, one on the prevalence of autism and another reviewing and making recommendations on autism services, with a view to publishing an …

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Our Week Online – 18/11/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, probably the only news roundup this week that doesn’t include Brexit. Enjoy! Following a campaign and petition in the community, St Peter’s College in Dunboyne, Co. Meath will build and open a new autism unit next September. Orla Gormally, whose Facebook post about trying to find a secondary school place …

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Call Out: NCSE Consultations on Special Schools and Classes

Our survey on special schools and classes is now live and open to the public! If you’re a school pupil who’s autistic, family member of a child on the autistic spectrum or an educational professional with experience of special schools or classes, please fill out our survey.  What’s it for? The National Council for Special …

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Interview: Jody O’Neill – Autism & Entrepreneurship

Jody O’Neill is a young self-advocate attending Castletroy College in County Limerick. She has set up her own business to develop products aimed at supporting autistic individuals with sight difficulties in their self-organisation and day-to-day activities. We spoke to Jody this week at the National Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park about her business, her …

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