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Research Opportunity: Barriers experienced by autistic adults accessing primary healthcare in Ireland

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our readers. If you are interested in taking part please read the information below and complete the appropriate survey(s). Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Stuart Neilson are conducting research into the challenges faced by autistic people & their families when accessing healthcare. We are specifically asking …

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Our Week Online – 14/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. We’re about halfway through World Autism Month, and it can be long. Remember to take the time to care for yourself and remind yourself how great you are! This week the Children’s Ombudsman criticised the HSE and Tusla over a lack of supports provided to children living with moderate to …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Devine’s Commencement Matter on SEN Schools Provision in the Seanad?

On Thursday morning, Senator Máire Devine submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the lack of provision of school places for autistic children. She also cited our Invisible Children report on School Absences and Withdrawals in Ireland’s Autism Community, launched this week. The Minister answering was Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State at the Department of …

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Autism ID Card Consultation

In AsIAm we aim to make society universally accessible for autistic people. This would be a society where autistic people are automatically accepted and understood and where all services are designed in a manner which everyone can access without the need for disclosure. That said, we realise that at present this is far from reality …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Ó Ríordáin’s Commencement Matter on School Places in the Seanad?

On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the provision of school places this September in the cases of four autistic children in his constituency, asking the Minister for Education to intervene. He also raised the matter of home tuition as a fall-back for not finding a school …

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So You Want to Celebrate World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month! That means many people will be talking about autism in the media, in government, and in your community. Some people might use the colour blue at autism-related events, like “Light It Up Blue” or blue ribbons. Some people might use symbols of puzzle pieces (from a jigsaw) in posts about …

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Our Week Online – 7/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online, and the first week of World Autism Month. This series has proved that there’s always news about autism throughout the year, but in April it can be hard to keep up! We’ve got you covered. This week the Irish Independent featured a mother whose six year old autistic son with …

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Explainer: What Happens Now after the Dáil’s Autism Motion?

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On Tuesday evening, Sinn Féin used their Private Members’ time to submit a motion to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism. This Committee would have the explicit aim to develop an Autism Empowerment Strategy, and associated legislation, within a six-month timeframe. AsIAm has been engaging with several political parties and members of the Oireachtas …

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Majority of Irish Support Autistic People in Jobs, Schools and the Community, but Don’t Understand Autism Well, survey finds

Irish people show strong positive support for autistic people in schools, employment and society generally but concede that their level of knowledge of the condition is inadequate, according to new research commissioned by AsIAm for World Autism Month 2019. The survey was carried out nationwide last month by Coyne Research among a representative sample of …

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What is an Autism Strategy & What’s Happening Tomorrow with Sinn Féin’s Private Member’s Motion?

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Tomorrow evening, Sinn Féin will be submitting a Private Member’s Bill to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism to mark World Autism Day. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy. This Strategy will seek to assess current shortcomings from …

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