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Our Week Online – 30/6/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online, where we read the internet so you don’t have to! A disability centre in Dublin has been sanctioned by HIQA after finding that “high-risk issues” were not being adequately addressed. Legislation for a pilot medical cannabis programme was signed by the Minister of Health this week. The aim of the …

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Autism ID Card Announcement

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Autism ID Cards Update: Applications for Autism ID Cards will open on 31st July. Design has been finalised and the template can be seen below. Applicants will need a passport standard photograph and evidence of diagnosis.  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, is pleased to announce that we will shortly begin issuing Autism ID cards to …

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Our Week Online – 1/6/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online. This is a bumper edition for the bank holiday – sit back and enjoy. Last week Ireland held local and European elections and another referendum. However, for blind and visually impaired people, voting was cumbersome, time-consuming, and even risky. In the UK, an autistic senior analyst has successfully won a …

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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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Autism ID Card Consultation

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In AsIAm we aim to make society universally accessible for autistic people. This would be a society where autistic people are automatically accepted and understood and where all services are designed in a manner which everyone can access without the need for disclosure. That said, we realise that at present this is far from reality …

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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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Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentine’s Day)! Miriam Moriarty Owens has set up a go-fund me page for her friend, Selina Switzer. Selina’s seven-year-old son, Noah, is intellectually disabled and autistic and she says that “caring for him is a 24 hour …

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Being a True Friend by Rachael Donohoe

Here at AsIAm it’s important to us to champion the work of the autistic community. That’s why we are happy to announce that we are supporting the launch of a new picture book Being a True Friend written and illustrated by Rachael Donohoe. The book is aimed at children developing interpersonal skills and offers support in …

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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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Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child’s perspective, and we think its message of acceptance and inclusion will resonate with many in the autistic community. Read on below! I may seem different, weird or funny, I might even sometimes seem odd. But it’s just that my thoughts …

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