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National Gallery of Ireland Becoming Autism Friendly

Last week the National Gallery of Ireland became the first cultural institution in Ireland to receive Autism Friendly status. We sat down with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire and Brina Casey of the Gallery’s Access team to discuss this momentous occasion. What motivated you to seek Autism Friendly status? (Caomhán) Accreditation is about accessibility and making …

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AsIAm’s Response to Minister McHugh’s South Dublin Statement

  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the Minister for Education and Skill’s, Joe McHugh, calls for primary schools in South Dublin to engage with his Department in increasing the number of appropriate school places for autistic children. In April, AsIAm published “Invisible Children” documenting the cases of 313 autistic children who did not …

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Autism Siblings: Freya O’Horo and Her Blog!

Freya O’Horo is a Mayo native studying Social Care and Practice in Athlone Institute of Technology: Autism Siblings Ireland. Her younger brother Dian, is five years old and received an autism diagnosis at the age of five. “We knew something was up pretty quickly,” Freya remarks “he kept to himself quite a lot and had …

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Autism and Education: Emigration Considered Due To Lack Of School Places

  Rebecca Hitchcock Martins is a Cork mother who was working in London she met her husband Hugo. Upon becoming pregnant with her son Charlie, the couple moved back to Ireland to give him the best chance possible. Charlie Hitchcock Martins received an autism diagnosis shortly before his third birthday. He is currently five years …

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AsIAm Community Seminar: Autism and Sibshops 11/09/2019

Michael opened the night and introducing our two presenters, Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley. Linda and Liz  are Founders of Sibshop Ireland and both are Registered Nurse. Additionally, Liz Fitzpatrick is a Montessori teacher.  Liz began by outlining growing networks of services for autism. She even spoke of the growing social networks of parents, but …

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Robert Byrne’s Sensory Pod

Today we sit down with Robert Byrne, creator of the sensory pod. Adapting the capsule hotels commonly found in Asia, Byrne created a new piece of assistive technology. The pod is roghly the side of a sunbed and is an excellent resource for anyone with sensory needs. What led to the pod’s creation? Our main …

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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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Our Work With Playstival

We at AsIAm can’t wait for Playstival in three days time. Having worked with them since January we’re very excited to see our collaboration come to life! Here is All You Need to Know About The Weekend It will take place from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th, 9-6 both days in Airfield Estate, Dundrum. The festival will …

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Ireland’s First Disability Friendly Music Festival Enters Second Year

After a highly successful debut in 2018, AbleFest is coming back to Co. Meath! I spoke to Shay Casserley, organiser of the festival about what we can expect this weekend.    What inspired you to set up Able Fest? My son, Eoin, has a dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome. One day I saw …

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Autistic Son To Be Relocated 70km Away From Family

Jake O’Kane is 18 years old. He likes music, swimming and horse riding and he will soon be moved 70km away from his family. Jake lived with his mother Linda until February 2018 when he moved to a full-time unit in County Wicklow. However, this unit was for children and Jake becoming an adult meant …

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