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What We Learned – Parent Wellness and Self-Care

Last week we held our Community Support event in Tipperary on Parent Well-Being and Self-Care. Thank you to those of you who were able to come, but if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We have some of the key points summarised below, as well as live streams from the event – Part One and …

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Free SuperValu Home Delivery to the Autism Community for April!

AsIAm are delighted to partner with SuperValu, the first food retailer in Ireland to introduce Autism Friendly Shopping evenings, to launch a new initiative for April to make shopping easier and more inclusive for the autism community. AsIAm and SuperValu are continuously working on making shopping Autism Friendly and creating more inclusive communities, through projects …

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Interview – Kate Heffernan and Aisling O’Gorman, Peat @ The Ark

The Ark Cultural Centre for Children presents Peat, a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate Heffernan and directed by Tim Crouch, which runs until March 31. Relaxed performances of Peat, aimed at children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, take place on Thursday 14 March at 10.15am and Saturday 16 …

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Interview: Dr. Linda O’Rourke and Elzaan Marnane of Core Clinical

It’s no secret that meaningful supports and services for autistic people in Ireland are tough to come by. The challenge is even greater for adults on the spectrum. The sudden cut-off point from child services means they can often be left without help as they are about to begin a major transitional stage in their …

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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We were so grateful to see so many of you there! If you were unable to attend, we have taken note of some of the key information. Feel free to watch the live stream of the event above or …

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Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentine’s Day)! Miriam Moriarty Owens has set up a go-fund me page for her friend, Selina Switzer. Selina’s seven-year-old son, Noah, is intellectually disabled and autistic and she says that “caring for him is a 24 hour …

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Interview: Julie McCabe

For those of you who watched the most recent episode of Ireland’s Got Talent last Saturday at 7:30 on Virgin Media One, you undoubtedly would have been impressed by singer Julie McCabe. Julie wowed the Ireland’s Got Talent judges with her beautiful rendition of Adele’s When We Were Young, which you can watch above. McCabe, …

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What We Learned – Community Support: Puberty and Sexuality

Last night we held our Puberty and Sexuality Community Support seminar in Co. Wicklow, and we’re very grateful to all who came along and to those who watched our livestream. If you couldn’t make it, here are some key notes from our two brilliant speakers! You can watch our livestream here, and view Davida Hartman’s Powerpoint …

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Our Week Online – 27/1/2019

It’s 2019, and welcome to Our Week Online. How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? If you resolved to keep up with news about autism and disability from Ireland and around the world, then we’re happy to help! If you resolved to spend less time online, buy a newspaper (preferably one that published …

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Winter Pantomime Relaxed Performances 2018

The annual Christmas pantomime is a festive tradition for many families in Ireland (oh yes it is!… Sorry.). In recent years some pantomimes and shows have started putting on relaxed or autism-friendly performances for families with special needs, so they can join in on the fun alongside their peers! A relaxed performance is a theatre …

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