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Limerick Launches First Autism Friendly Intreo Office

July saw the launch of Ireland’s first autism friendly Intreo Office. Intreo Offices, a crucial part of DEASP (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) services, are the first point of contact for anyone wishing to avail of the department’s assistance. Denise Houlihan is the organiser of the DEASP  Limerick Autism Initiative: which promises to …

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Bullying and Autism: Neil Kenny Interview

In the wake of Joel Langford’s tragic death, I wanted to discuss the unique nature of bullying directed at autistic people. Neil Kenny is a Researcher at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at DCU. He holds an B.A. in Psychology from University College Dublin, got his PhD from Maynooth University in 2011 and a Specialist …

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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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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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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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Our Week Online – 4/11/2018

It’s Sunday, and welcome to Our Week Online. Here’s the internet’s tricks and treats from the past seven days. A new report from Dublin City University is calling for a nationwide programme to support students with intellectual disabilities in making the transition from school to further education and training. DCU’s research found that young people …

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Aisling Foran: Listening & Social Groups

WHAT IS THE TRIPLE A ALLIANCE? Triple A Alliance was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who wanted to help establish an autism unit in the local secondary school. It’s grown into a registered charity, which supports over 450 families on the east coast area, stretching from Wicklow town to south Dublin. …

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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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