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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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Explainer: Inspectorate Report on Educational Provisions for Autistic Learners in Irish Schools

A landmark report on the special educational provisions for autistic learners in Irish schools has recently been published by the Department of Education and Skills. The report, written by the Inspectorate, raises several issues which AsIAm has consistently raised throughout our campaigns, as well as during our engagements with the Minister for Education and his …

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Update on July Provision

Today, AsIAm’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, along with the representatives of several other disability groups, attended a further consultation with officials in the Department of Education and Skills, in relation to the July Provision Programme. “We are deeply concerned at the present proposals which the Department has developed,” said Mr Harris. “These proposals would …

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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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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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Explainer: Special Classes & Schools

July Provision

In November, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published policy advice on special classes and schools. The advice came after a consultation process where the NCSE engaged with professionals and families about the provision of special education for pupils with additional needs (including those on the autism spectrum). Several changes to current policy were …

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AsIAm’s Response to Minister McHugh’s South Dublin Statement

  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the Minister for Education and Skill’s, Joe McHugh, calls for primary schools in South Dublin to engage with his Department in increasing the number of appropriate school places for autistic children. In April, AsIAm published “Invisible Children” documenting the cases of 313 autistic children who did not …

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Fighting Words Becoming Autism Friendly!

  Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Their activities range from story-telling workshops for primary and secondary school students to summer camps for children and teenagers on topics …

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Autism Siblings: Freya O’Horo and Her Blog!

Freya O’Horo is a Mayo native studying Social Care and Practice in Athlone Institute of Technology: Autism Siblings Ireland. Her younger brother Dian, is five years old and received an autism diagnosis at the age of five. “We knew something was up pretty quickly,” Freya remarks “he kept to himself quite a lot and had …

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