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Maintaining Calmness about COVID-19/Coronavirus in the Autism Community

Michael Ryan – Counsellor/Psychotherapist While we cannot control the spread of this virus in the wider community – all each of us can do is to control how we choose to react to the situation. You only need only control your own hygiene practices and leave the general control of the situation to the medical …

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Adam Harris Appointed To HSE Programme Board

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AsIAm are pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, will be joining the HSE Autism Programme Board at its next meeting on Monday 20th January. We have long sought for autistic voices and those of their families’ to be represented on the Board. AsIAm has been proactively campaigning for an Autism Empowerment …

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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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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 Community Seminar: Autism and Sibshops 11/09/2019

Michael opened the night and introducing our two presenters, Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley. Linda and Liz  are Founders of Sibshop Ireland and both are Registered Nurse. Additionally, Liz Fitzpatrick is a Montessori teacher.  Liz began by outlining growing networks of services for autism. She even spoke of the growing social networks of parents, but …

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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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Community Voices: Nóra Nic Oireachtaigh and Bullying

The following piece is the final piece in our series covering bullying and autism. The first part discussed it in a professional context and the second (largely) discussed bullying in a school context. This final piece hopes to portray how yesterday’s bullying can potentially become tomorrow’s abuse. This article is recommended for a mature audience …

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Autistic Son To Be Relocated 70km Away From Family

Jake O’Kane is 18 years old. He likes music, swimming and horse riding and he will soon be moved 70km away from his family. Jake lived with his mother Linda until February 2018 when he moved to a full-time unit in County Wicklow. However, this unit was for children and Jake becoming an adult meant …

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