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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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Kevin Hanly: “Take it One Day at a Time”

Beginning a new start anywhere – whether it’s a new school, a new college or a job – is as exciting as it is daunting an experience for anyone. For autistic individuals, it can be hugely stressful, especially if their additional needs aren’t taken into account. Kevin Hanly, a self-advocate based in Tipperary, has begun …

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Laura Crean: Just what is a ‘successful’ transition?

Laura Crean is a member of AsIAm’s Youth Leadership Team and currently in her first year of studying science at Trinity College Dublin. In this blog, Laura shares her experiences of transitioning to college life, and about how expectations of what counts as a ‘successful transition’ are ultimately what an individual makes of it themselves, …

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Joanne Weller: Back to Education and Transitioning from School to College and Further Education

It’s the time of month again to go back to school and starting third level education, even going to Training Centres. I remember leaving. My school was great and all, but you’re pretty much leaving a home you’ve known all your life growing up. It was sad for me to leave but still we’ve all …

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Amy Tracey: From Barely Passing School to Starting Third Level Education

In this week’s blog, Amy Tracey, a second year business studies student at NCI, talks about her journey through mainstream education as a young woman with autism. Amy, who only received her diagnosis as an adult, struggled immensely without supports in place throughout her school life, socially as well as academically. For a time, Amy …

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Ireland’s first autism friendly university might be on the way…

We were delighted to see coverage of our new project, with DCU and Specialisterne Ireland in today’s Irish Independent. You can see the piece here Dublin City University is aiming to become Ireland’s first autism-friendly campus through a unique collaboration with AsIAm.ie and Specialisterne Ireland, a specialist recruitment and support agency for people with autism. …

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