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Explainer: Special Classes & Schools

In November, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published policy advice on special classes and schools. The advice came after a consultation process where the NCSE engaged with professionals and families about the provision of special education for pupils with additional needs (including those on the autism spectrum). Several changes to current policy were …

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Rolling For Kindness AsIAm Stream Interview: Elijah and Michael

Roll For Kindness, a LGBT positive RPG group, will shortly host a stream for AsIAm. This weekend (30th-1st December), they will host an ambitious gaming stream.  Over six different Role Playing Games will play out, with numerous guests (both local and international) to raise funds for AsIAm. I sat down with co-founders Michael Conway and …

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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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Fighting Words Becoming Autism Friendly!

  Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Their activities range from story-telling workshops for primary and secondary school students to summer camps for children and teenagers on topics …

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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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