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Our Week Online 20/10/19

Hello and welcome to our week online. Firstly, this time last week Minister Simon Harris announced a €2 million campaign to ensure that parents and children have information about services available about autism. This news prompted mixed reactions. Some reacted favourably, citing Harris’ action against ‘scam treatments.’ Others argued that awareness is insufficient, arguing that …

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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 Spending Proposals for Budget 2020

AsIAm launched our spending proposals this week for Budget 2020, with a clear message to the Government that greater investment is crucial to deliver meaningful inclusion and accessibility to services for autistic people. Our proposals include autism-proofing public services and ensuring parity of access; building the autism community’s agency through proper State investment; and empowering …

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Clonakilty Anniversary One Year Event: An Evening With Alan Gardner

We’ll soon the first anniversary of Clonakilty becoming Ireland’s first Autism Friendly Town! AsIAm is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Clonakilty Lecture. This lecture is possible due to the sponsorship of SuperValu. Clonakilty was the pilot for our autism-friendly towns scheme. A further eleven towns will emerge in the coming year. Given …

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Autism and Higher Education: Steve Silberman and Dr. Magda Mostafa

AsIAm recently hosted an informal discussion for autism and higher education. The session began with Robert Ward welcoming staff and guests to the session. The event allowed a chance to ask further questions of both Steve Silberman and Dr. Magda Mostafa. The session was a discussion about higher education. Forgotten History of Autism Steve Silberman, …

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AsIAm Budgetary Submission

At a time when many in the State continue to see the benefits of economic growth, Ireland’s autism community continues to face enormous inequities. Basic public services, including healthcare and education, continue to present significant structural barriers autistic people’s access and participation. Furthermore, autistic people and their families face substantial financial inequalities as a result …

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11 More Autism Friendly Towns Announced With SuperValu

AsIAm is happy to today announce an additional 11 towns on the journey to becoming autism-friendly. This will advance our national campaign in partnership with SuperValu. The towns include Clane, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town, New Ross, Skerries, Lucan, Castlebar, Mallow, Listowel and Tralee. In conjunction with the announcement, a survey we conducted showed that presently, …

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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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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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