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Community Voices: Ella Durrigan on Starting College

Autism vs First Year of college May 2019: I have just finished my summer exams. I had dropped out of college twice before and this was third time lucky. I had finally completed the first year of a degree in Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations in Dundalk IT, a course with a mixture of academic, creative and technology skills …

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Kevin McLoughlin on University Societies as an Autistic Man

  Hey everyone! I’m Kevin, I’m 19 years old, and I’m halfway through my first year exams in NUIG. This year has been wild and formative for me in so many important and meaningful ways but one I’m here to write about today is my social life. You see, most of you know that autistic …

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Kevin Hanly – The Achievements That Can Be Made With Being Autistic!

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As we come to the end of World Autism Month 2019, autistic advocate and Tipperary GAA supporter Kevin Hanly looks back at the month and how things have changed for autistic people, and shares his journey to self-belief and confidence (featuring the Tipperary footballers)! “The Tipp Footballers are a big part of my success” As …

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Joan McDonald – Introduction to Autistic Paddies

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You may have met Autistic Paddies at our last National Autism Conference last October, the Facebook group for autistic adults aged 18+ from or based in Ireland that’s on the rise. In this blog, group facilitator and moderator Joan McDonald talks us through her own autism diagnosis, her search for community in Ireland, and how …

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Rebecca Parke – Making Good Friends

This week AsIAm launched a new Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to facilitate understanding and acceptance of autism in the school community during World Autism Month in April. Rebecca Parke, a young person on the autism spectrum, wrote about her autism diagnosis as a girl on the spectrum, her experiences of bullying and …

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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

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Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum can offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery, whilst the lack of structure can prove difficult for many. Charlie Silke is a Transition Year student on the spectrum, and he’s written about his experiences in Transition Year so far. In …

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Eoin Hickey – Why I Like Having Autism and ADHD

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ADD/ADHD are common co-occuring conditions within the autism community. Sometimes the traits of these conditions can differ starkly, and sometimes they can overlap. Eoin Hickey, a young man on the autism spectrum who has ADHD, writes on his favourite things about having both autism and ADHD. You can read his previous blog on coping mechanisms …

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

We’re very proud to say that Orán Timoney, a member of our first Youth Leadership Team and now an AsIAm Youth Ambassador, scooped a Special Award at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS! He was awarded the RCSI Award for “Project with the Best Impact on Human Health”. His winning …

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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

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Last week AsIAm launched two surveys on the experiences of autistic students in accessing education. Eoin Hickey, a young person on the autism spectrum, explains how autism affects him in his daily life, how teachers can understand students with diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and offers advice for social situations. My name is Eoin Hickey …

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