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Disability and Family Carer groups say  uncertainty about school re-opening is cruel and detrimental

The groups are responding to mixed messages from the Department and stakeholders on the return to school for children with additional needs next Thursday Four leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have expressed deep concern at the lack of clarity being provided to children with additional needs, and …

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Explainer: The phased re-opening of special education?

This evening (Friday 15th January) the Department of Education has written to Primary School Principals in both mainstream and special school settings outlining the agreed, phased approach to re-opening special schools, special classes and in-school support for students with additional needs from Thursday 21st January. We have worked to put together a short “Questions and …

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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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An Garda Síochána and An Post Announce New Supports during COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the Gardaí Síochána and An Post have pledged supports to the most vulnerable members of society, including those with additional needs. Deputy Commissioner Twomey remarks “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.  An Garda Síochána has always …

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Adrian Carroll: Impact of COVID-19 on Autistic Employees

Like many others facing difficult times, autistic people will largely have the same concerns about the potential disruption COVID-19 will cause to their livelihood and their daily routine. While people with pre-existing health conditions are particularly at risk from COVID-19, particularly people with respiratory or immune conditions, chronic pain conditions or conditions like Down Syndrome, …

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