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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Devine’s Commencement Matter on SEN Schools Provision in the Seanad?

On Thursday morning, Senator Máire Devine submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the lack of provision of school places for autistic children. She also cited our Invisible Children report on School Absences and Withdrawals in Ireland’s Autism Community, launched this week. The Minister answering was Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State at the Department of …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Ó Ríordáin’s Commencement Matter on School Places in the Seanad?

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On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the provision of school places this September in the cases of four autistic children in his constituency, asking the Minister for Education to intervene. He also raised the matter of home tuition as a fall-back for not finding a school …

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So You Want to Celebrate World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month! That means many people will be talking about autism in the media, in government, and in your community. Some people might use the colour blue at autism-related events, like “Light It Up Blue” or blue ribbons. Some people might use symbols of puzzle pieces (from a jigsaw) in posts about …

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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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Explainer: Autism Bill 2012

Today Dail Eireann debates the Autism Bill 2012, tabled by Michael McCarthy TD, the bill, if passed, would require the Minister of Health to develop, implement and maintain a cross-departmental strategy for the support of people with autism throughout their lives, along the lines of similar legislation and strategies already in place in Northern Ireland, …

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DSM-V – What Does It All Mean?

As many of you will be aware that American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently announced the publication in May 2013 of their new diagnostic manual which will remove Aspergers Syndrome as an independently listed condition (as well as Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified) and instead replace it with a sole diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum …

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