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Hannah Gadsby, Gender and Autism

On June 20th of last year, Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette, debuted on Netflix. Since then, the comic’s life has been permanently altered. The special delved into the powerful and often painful topics of homophobia, sexual assault and comedy’s relationship with trauma. Her new show, Douglas, discusses her autism diagnosis alongside a host of other topics. …

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NCI Reaching Autism Friendly University Status This Month!

We’re currently  currently working towards Autism-Friendly Status with National College of Ireland! Having seen great success in our pilot scheme with DCU, AsIAm is committed to making universities across Ireland autism friendly.  This initiative means celebrating students and staff on the autism spectrum and providing a learning environment to help all students and staff to …

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Robert Byrne’s Sensory Pod

Today we sit down with Robert Byrne, creator of the sensory pod. Adapting the capsule hotels commonly found in Asia, Byrne created a new piece of assistive technology. The pod is roghly the side of a sunbed and is an excellent resource for anyone with sensory needs. What led to the pod’s creation? Our main …

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Ireland’s First Disability Friendly Music Festival Enters Second Year

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

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National Autism Conference 2018 – Autism Welcoming Venue and Experience

National Autism Conference is less than a week away, in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, this Saturday. Attendees will receive an email with all the information they need to know on the day, and in addition during the week we’ll post updates about the Conference here on our website. Today, we’d like you to know …

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

Research continues to tell us that we must view ‘challenging behaviour’ as a way in which the child is trying to communicate their needs with us. It has been suggested that we must move away from using the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and instead view the child’s responses as reactions to the environment. If we begin …

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#Day 13 Making Written Communication Clear

Day#13 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about using Plain English when communicating. We often think of autism’s major difficulties with communication and language as an almost exclusively childhood problem that is eventually resolved. It’s true that many on the spectrum do learn social skills as they mature, enabling them to make friends and build positive relationships …

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Check out our Sensory Checklist Tool!

It’s Day 12 of #AsIAmChallenge and things have taken a big step up! Today we are challenging members of the public, businesses, schools and community organisations to conduct a sensory audit of their environment. Autistic people can experience environments in a different way to those who are not autistic – some people experience sensory overload …

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