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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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Limerick Launches First Autism Friendly Intreo Office

July saw the launch of Ireland’s first autism friendly Intreo Office. Intreo Offices, a crucial part of DEASP (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) services, are the first point of contact for anyone wishing to avail of the department’s assistance. Denise Houlihan is the organiser of the DEASP  Limerick Autism Initiative: which promises to …

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AsIAm CEO Addresses Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions on Mandatory Teacher Training

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Last Wednesday 19th June AsIAm Founder and CEO Adam Harris addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions in a discussion on Mandatory Teacher Training on Spectrum Disorders, sharing insight on experiences of autistic students and parents in the education system, the need for universal design in teacher training and in schools, and recommendations for meaningful …

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AsIAm CEO Addresses Oireachtas Joint Committee Consultation on Reduced Timetables

Today AsIAm’s Founder and CEO Adam Harris addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills Consultation on Reduced Timetables on our work on this issue, relevant findings from our Invisible Children report on school absence in the autism community, and AsIAm’s recommendations for helping autistic students and their families affected by reduced timetables. You …

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Minister for Education Reminds Schools of Obligations to Students with SEN Following Enough Is Enough Protest

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Yesterday Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD published a statement reminding schools and patrons nationwide of their responsibilities under admissions laws to provide specialist school places for children and young people with special needs. This statement came just a few hours after the morning’s protest by nationwide campaign group Enough Is Enough – Every Voice …

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

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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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Our Week Online – 31/3/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online. Today happens to be AsIAm’s fifth birthday! So it would be rude not to sit and read a story. It’s also why we thought it was about time we smartened up a bit, got ourselves this new header. Aren’t we swish. In the UK, an inquest this week found a …

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Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentine’s Day)! Miriam Moriarty Owens has set up a go-fund me page for her friend, Selina Switzer. Selina’s seven-year-old son, Noah, is intellectually disabled and autistic and she says that “caring for him is a 24 hour …

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Our Week Online – 10/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. Sit down, why don’t you? A quarter of the disabled population of Ireland live in poverty, and while 42% of applications for disability allowance were rejected in 2018, about 70% of appeals were granted. The Irish Examiner reports on the arduous process of applying and reapplying for disability allowance in …

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