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AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Education’s decision to publish class rankings. From our view, this poses serious risks to autistic pupils’ wellbeing, both educationally and personally. By making such sensitive data freely available, it not only threatens the integrity of the Calculated Grades’ process, but …

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Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

  Plan provides an important roadmap which now must be backed up with targets, investment and action   Thursday 24th September AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the publication today of priorities for action to reform special education provision in Ireland. The priorities, published by Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Special Education and …

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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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FAQs about July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills recently announced a new version of July Provision for 2020. This new scheme, also known as the Summer Education Programme, seeks to broaden its scope, so as it can meet the needs of vulnerable schoolchildren, whose education has been most effected by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be updating …

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Clarification on Home Based Summer Provision Application Procedures

  Yesterday we sought further clarity from the Department of Education on parents registering for the scheme and the paperwork required.  Upon registering your child for the Home-Based Summer Provision education program, you must download and print the application form from the Department of Education website, https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/home-based-summer-provision-2020-grant-claim-form.pdf. This form must be filled out and sent …

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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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Autism Charity welcomes Summer Education Programme

  “We now all need to work together to make sure that every child who is eligible can benefit from the scheme”   12h June 2020 AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed today’s Government’s announcement around a Summer Education Programme to support autistic students and those with other disabilities.   Typically autistic young people are …

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“I think many of the people put blame on themselves more than the college” Autism and Dropping Out of University

Between the sensory changes, new routines and demanding workloads, starting university can be especially challenging for students on the spectrum. Despite supports from Disability Services and Student Unions, students sometimes feel they have no option but to drop out. Dr. Eilidh Cage and Jack Howes (National Autistic Society) recently published a paper on this phenomenon. …

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