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Tiktok #Autismchallenge causes widespread controversy

Social media challenges are nothing new. They can be utilised to great effect such as the Movember or ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Indeed, AsIAm’s Fly For Autism challenge is a good example of this. However, there is darker side to online culture, as seen in TikTok’s #Autismchallenge. TikTok, an app that consist of short videos …

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Conor McDermott : Autism and Airports

Conor McDermott has recently completed a research project for his undergraduate in Occupational Therapy. The project is a survey based on interviews with three autistic adults about their experiences going to airports. The findings can be seen here. Tell me about how and why you settled on this topic for your research project The research …

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Explainer: Leaving Certificate Rules 2020

What’s a Calculated Grade? Calculated grades are grades which are based on how an individual pupil is expected to perform in an exam, as well as how past pupils from the same school have performed previously. How are they calculated?  They are scored using statistics gathered across a period of time during a two-step process. …

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AsIAm’s Open Letter to the Party Leaders

AsIAm has written to the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party to stress the importance of an Autism Empowerment Strategy’s inclusion in the next Programme for Government. Speaking today, AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “As we enter the formal phase of negotiations, it’s absolutely vital that manifesto commitments to legisliate for …

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Letter to Minister McHugh

In recent days AsIAm has been reviewing the responses to our COVID-19 survey and identifying key challenges for the community and actions we can take accordingly. We will be publishing a full support activity plan, along with the survey results in the coming days. A key area that has been highlighted is ensuring students continue …

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Department of Health Clarifies 2km limit for Autistic Community

AsIAm submitted a question to the Minister of Health in relation to Covid-19 restrictions for individuals on the spectrum and those with additional needs. We received a response today. Here was our question: “Many autistic people and their families are concerned about the legal enforcement of social distancing. Some individuals may not cope if unable …

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World Autism Month: #FlyForAutism Campaign

This is an unusual April Autistic people face major barriers in day to day life from education to the workplace. However, we are particularly vulnerable during this crisis and this is reflected in the appeals for help we have been receiving.  Our community require routine, structure and predictability, all of which have now vanished. Autistic …

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Social Story: COVID-19 “Lockdown”

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has been working in close partnership with SuperValu to support the autism community through the uncertain, anxious times of the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to last night’s Government announcement of further restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus we have produced a social story / visual guide to support …

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Hannah O’Dwyer: Resources for Learning at Home

Many young students across the country have had their education massively impacted by the COVID19. While the future remains uncertain in the short term for end of year exams, there may be many young people across the country eager to continue a routine. For this reason we’ve compiled a handy list of resources to aid …

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An Garda Síochána and An Post Announce New Supports during COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the Gardaí Síochána and An Post have pledged supports to the most vulnerable members of society, including those with additional needs. Deputy Commissioner Twomey remarks “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.  An Garda Síochána has always …

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