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Our Week Online – 9/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. Don’t know what it is about December, but the autism and disability stories just keep coming. That, or we just like reading them! This week the Department of Health published two reports, one on the prevalence of autism and another reviewing and making recommendations on autism services, with a view to publishing an …

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Our Week Online – 2/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. This is the biggest roundup so far, but it was a big week! Go and boil the kettle so. In new measures announced by the Government this week, people on disability allowance will be allowed to earn up to €427 a week and still keep their medical card. This measure …

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Our Week Online – 11/11/2018

It’s Sunday, winter has definitely arrived, and there’s only six weeks to Christmas! Welcome to Our Week Online. Six autistic secondary pupils in Co. Kildare finally started school this week, nine weeks since the beginning of the academic year, after the completion of their school’s new autism unit was delayed. In the United States, midterm …

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Community Support – Autism and the Law, RCSI, Dublin

AsIAm is hosting twenty four Community Support Seminar talks around the country over the next twelve months. These events are for the autism community, on issues important to the community, informed by the community. All of these events will be free to attend, but places must be booked on our Eventbrite page (see below). All Community Support events …

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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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Conducting Autism-Friendly Interviews

Day #16 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about preparing for autism-friendly interviews. Businesses have begun to recognise the valuable skills that autistic employees can bring to the workplace. A meticulous attention to detail, excellent memories and task-driven minds are traits any employer would love to have! However, entering the workforce remains a huge challenge for many …

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Creating a Quiet Space

Sensory rooms or quiet spaces are designated areas where autistic people can use to stim or retreat to when feeling overstimulated. The space itself is designed to aid in a person’s key life skills, chiefly with their communication, coordination, self-organisation and sensory-management. Autistic children often make use of such facilities in their schools, but they …

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Create a “Social story” for your business or organisation

Social stories are short guides of a particular situation, event or activity. They include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. Day 14 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about supporting autistic people to prepare for social situations by creating “a social story”. Autistic people often find it challenging to read social situations or …

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Making Your Organisation Sensory-Friendly

Day#12 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about being aware of people’s sensory needs. Autistic individual’s brains often struggle to process the information we receive about our surroundings from our senses. If there is too much stimulation, it can cause serious anxiety and even meltdowns. By being aware of one another’s needs however, we can all make …

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Kevin Hanly: “Take it One Day at a Time”

Beginning a new start anywhere – whether it’s a new school, a new college or a job – is as exciting as it is daunting an experience for anyone. For autistic individuals, it can be hugely stressful, especially if their additional needs aren’t taken into account. Kevin Hanly, a self-advocate based in Tipperary, has begun …

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