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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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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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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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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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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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