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Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds 77% of families feel their child returning to school will need more support, but less than half believe they will receive it   Face masks and social distancing a major challenge for autistic students   Most autistic students experiencing anxiety about the return to school  …

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Youth Leadership Team: Lock Down, Unlocked Campaign

The AsIAm Youth Leadership Team has developed a campaign aimed at educating other young people and educators about the experiences of autistic people during lockdown, and the challenges of returning to education. “Lock Down, Unlocked” gives an insight into the experiences of young autistic people during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides resources and tips for …

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Explainer: July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has announced a new support plan as part of the annual July Provision programme. The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on schoolchildren right across the country, but it has meant major, and very often, regressive changes to those with special educational needs (SENs), including autism. The DES, along …

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Explainer: Leaving Certificate Rules 2020

What’s a Calculated Grade? Calculated grades are grades which are based on how an individual pupil is expected to perform in an exam, as well as how past pupils from the same school have performed previously. How are they calculated?  They are scored using statistics gathered across a period of time during a two-step process. …

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Letter to Minister McHugh

In recent days AsIAm has been reviewing the responses to our COVID-19 survey and identifying key challenges for the community and actions we can take accordingly. We will be publishing a full support activity plan, along with the survey results in the coming days. A key area that has been highlighted is ensuring students continue …

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Department of Health Clarifies 2km limit for Autistic Community

AsIAm submitted a question to the Minister of Health in relation to Covid-19 restrictions for individuals on the spectrum and those with additional needs. We received a response today. Here was our question: “Many autistic people and their families are concerned about the legal enforcement of social distancing. Some individuals may not cope if unable …

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Hannah O’Dwyer: Resources for Learning at Home

Many young students across the country have had their education massively impacted by the COVID19. While the future remains uncertain in the short term for end of year exams, there may be many young people across the country eager to continue a routine. For this reason we’ve compiled a handy list of resources to aid …

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