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Our Week Online – 17/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. In what has been a very busy news week, we’ve picked out autism and disability stories, some part of these wider events, some that may have slipped under your radar. In the very first installment of Our Week Online, we shared a story of a 2016 shooting of a black …

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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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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum can offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery, whilst the lack of structure can prove difficult for many. Charlie Silke is a Transition Year student on the spectrum, and he’s written about his experiences in Transition Year so far. In …

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Advice on Education Plans ~ AsIAm Explains

In December of last year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) advised their members against drafting and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – and any similar initiatives – rejecting “the imposition of a special education needs model which takes no account of the time, workload and practical implications …

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Our Week Online – 3/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online – because these days, media is all about the signal boost. In the UK, research has found that 1 in 5 women presenting to UK anorexia clinics may be autistic and tailored therapies and treatments for autistic patients should be implemented, says Autistica. Research from Australia has found that injuries …

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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We were so grateful to see so many of you there! If you were unable to attend, we have taken note of some of the key information. Feel free to watch the live stream of the event above or …

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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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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

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 – 3/2/2019

It’s Sunday, and February is here which means, whether it feels like it or not, Spring has come to Ireland. Welcome to Our Week Online. In Turkey, the Otsimo app invented by Zafer Elcik for his autistic brother has helped thousands autistic students across the world with their education. BBC World Hacks meets Zafer and …

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Call Out: Complete Our Surveys on School Places and Exclusion/Withdrawal

As the national autistic advocacy organisation, AsIAm receives a huge volume of messages from families with a child on the autism spectrum who can’t access a school place, or whose child can no longer attend school. We know the situation has escalated over the past number of years, affecting many families across the country. As …

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