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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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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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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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Our Week Online – 25/11/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, a round up of autism and disability related news around the world, around the internet. Autistic cartoonist and comedian Aoife Dooley talked to Shemazing about her recent ASD diagnosis, her new animated comedy series Your One Nikita coming to RTE Player, and her exciting career! A fascinating feature in Spectrum …

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Our Week Online – 18/11/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, probably the only news roundup this week that doesn’t include Brexit. Enjoy! Following a campaign and petition in the community, St Peter’s College in Dunboyne, Co. Meath will build and open a new autism unit next September. Orla Gormally, whose Facebook post about trying to find a secondary school place …

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Our Week Online – 28/10/2018

It’s Sunday, Halloween is almost here, Ireland is (hopefully) done with voting for the year, and tomorrow’s a Bank Holiday Monday. Lovely. Welcome to Our Week Online. This week it was announced that three schools in Co. Dublin would close immediately due to building defects following inspections from the Department of Education, with a further …

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Call Out: NCSE Consultations on Special Schools and Classes

Our survey on special schools and classes is now live and open to the public! If you’re a school pupil who’s autistic, family member of a child on the autistic spectrum or an educational professional with experience of special schools or classes, please fill out our survey.  What’s it for? The National Council for Special …

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How Can I Apply for a Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has just completed a review of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme in Ireland, and is available for download from their website. The role of an SNA is to support a child who has special educational needs who may struggle to take part in school activities with. These …

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