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Mia Duffy: New Start at College

Starting college is a huge change for everyone. The transition, from the application to accepting an offer, is both exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. It’s important to know what supports and strategies are in place, but it’s equally crucial that people know how an autistic individual may feel throughout this whole process. Mia …

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NCSE’s Review of Special Needs Assistants Explained

This week, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) launched its review into the Special Needs Assistants (SNA) Scheme. Speaking at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, NSCE Executive Teresa Griffin outlined a number of changes to the present model to an assembly of educators, professionals and charities from across the country.    Over …

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DCU Autism-Friendly Campus Launched Today

Dublin City University was recognised as the world’s first autism-friendly university by AsIAm today. The designation marks the conclusion of an 18- month research project, led by Dr Mary Rose Sweeney in collaboration with Professor Teresa Burke DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences along with AsIAm and Specialisterne Ireland, a specialist recruitment and support …

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Laura Crean: Just what is a ‘successful’ transition?

Laura Crean is a member of AsIAm’s Youth Leadership Team and currently in her first year of studying science at Trinity College Dublin. In this blog, Laura shares her experiences of transitioning to college life, and about how expectations of what counts as a ‘successful transition’ are ultimately what an individual makes of it themselves, …

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Louise Ryan: Knowing Parents’ Rights for Your Child’s Education

Louise Ryan from Co. Limerick, a mother of two young boys on the autistic spectrum, talks about her experiences as a parent with the education system and about the importance of knowing your rights in securing supports for your child. There seems to be an unwritten rule in schools that when a child reaches Fourth Class …

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Joanne Weller: Back to Education and Transitioning from School to College and Further Education

It’s the time of month again to go back to school and starting third level education, even going to Training Centres. I remember leaving. My school was great and all, but you’re pretty much leaving a home you’ve known all your life growing up. It was sad for me to leave but still we’ve all …

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Kevin Hanly: New Journeys Starting College

With the college term fast approaching, students across Ireland are busy readying themselves for their return to study and beginning a new chapter in their lives altogether. In this week’s blog, Kevin Hanly, who is about to begin his first year of Film and Television Production at Limerick College of Further Education, talks about his …

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Spotlight: Middletown Centre for Autism

The Middletown Centre for Autism is an educational and research facility whose work revolves around the promotion and development of special education services for children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Situated in Middlestown, County Armagh, the Centre was founded as a cross-border initiative in 2007 between the Northern Ireland Department of Education and …

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