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AsIAm seeks cultural and legislative change to protect vulnerable people

The online support and advocacy group for people with autism, AsIAm.ie, has said Ireland needs to change both its culture and its laws in order to protect people with autism and intellectual disabilities, and praised the work of the “Prime Time Investigates” journalists, in bringing this issue to the fore. Responding to last night’s Prime Time …

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

Anthony Doolan is the Founder and Coordinator of the Kildare / West Dublin Autism Parents Support Group. Earlier this week, Anthony told his story, parenting and caring for his son Paul, who has Autism. Anthony gave up his full-time job to drive his son, 80km a day to “Stepping Stones” School for Students with Autism …

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

Lisa Domican, Founder of Grace App, talks about the challenge for parents in identifying pain in their son or daughter with Autism, and how the Grace App can help! To mark the release of Grace App, Lisa has donated 5 free download codes to AsIAm users, to enter our competition see the end of this post! …

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Declan Lynch: Am I glad my son is autistic?

Last week, Declan talked about coming to terms with diagnosis, from the point of view of a father of a son with Autism, in this second installment, he discusses getting support and realising the positives. When I first began  to learn about autism, I took the route I’d been programmed to take since my first …

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Bray Lakers Video – Who needs Garth Brooks?

These past few weeks the country has been inconsolable due to the Garth Brooks saga. Here at AsIAm.ie we had been feeling very sad about the no-show of everyone’s favourite cowboy….until this morning! Bray Laker’s is a sports and recreation club for people with Special Needs including Autism. Aside from all the great pride they …

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Improving our site for people with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

AsIAm.ie is committed to continuously improving the service we offer, in  order to live true to our goal of being the “one-stop-shop” for the Autism community in Ireland and also to ensure the work we do is as reflective as possible of the “broad church” which is the Autism community. We are acutely aware that …

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Research Opportunity: HFA / AS & Anxiety

Bronagh Flynn is a PhD researcher in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. She is currently researching the experience of anxiety among young people with high functioning Autism / Aspergers Syndrome and would appreciate your help! Please read & share! Anxiety is pervasive and prevalent in people with autism (Skokeuskas & Gallagher, 2010) and …

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Carrie Burton: Jack makes three for us

Frequent blogger and AsIAm Liaison Officer, Carrie Burton, writes of the challenges of a third diagnosis in the family, with the recent diagnosis of her son, Jack. On May 11th 2014 we were given our third diagnosis of special needs in our already unique family. Our son Jack, 2 years and 8 months, had autism. …

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

We were really inspired by the appearance of Martin Finn and his father, John, on the “The Late Late Show” last night. Martin is from Manchester, UK, while his parents originally come from Mayo and are very active members of the Irish Community in Britain. Martin also has severe Autism but he thought the whole …

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Shauna Gilligan: “Mama, the sunrise is orange”

Shauna Gilligan is a writer and mother of a son on the Autism Spectrum. In the article below, she recounts a recent morning with her son – which honestly illustrates the challenges and joys of living with Autism. Please read, comment and share! In August, 2013, after nearly three years of assessments, my son, aged …

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