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Being a True Friend by Rachael Donohoe

Here at AsIAm it’s important to us to champion the work of the autistic community. That’s why we are happy to announce that we are supporting the launch of a new picture book Being a True Friend written and illustrated by Rachael Donohoe. The book is aimed at children developing interpersonal skills and offers support in …

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Interview: Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris is a yoga teacher who founded The Yoga Shed in Co. Wicklow in 2014, which serves to offer accessible and affordable yoga to everybody. Elaine is highly trained to share yoga therapy with children with special needs and is also a certified pregnancy yoga teacher. She is passionate about spreading awareness about the …

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Interview: Nicholas Ryan-Purcell

Nicholas Ryan-Purcell is an autistic filmmaker from Co. Tipperary. His latest film is called This is Nicholas – Living With Autism, a documentary about his experiences of growing up in Tipperary with autism and depression. Following its premiere at the 2018 NYC Mental Health Film Festival, This Is Nicholas is screening at the Irish Film Institute in …

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Conducting Autism-Friendly Interviews

Day #16 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about preparing for autism-friendly interviews. Businesses have begun to recognise the valuable skills that autistic employees can bring to the workplace. A meticulous attention to detail, excellent memories and task-driven minds are traits any employer would love to have! However, entering the workforce remains a huge challenge for many …

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Interview: Dr John Hillery

Dr John Hillery is the President of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland.  In this exclusive interview with AsIAm.ie, Dr Hillery shared his thoughts on how autism is perceived as a condition in modern Ireland, some of the obstacles in place and the opportunities to inform and change the preconceptions existing in wider society.  What would an …

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Interview: PRISM DLR Autism Support Group

Support groups are invaluable resources for the autism community, from individuals on the spectrum, families and professionals. We sat down with Joanne and Jenn from PRISM-DLR, a local support group in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area, to talk to them about the work their organisation does for parents of children diagnosed on the spectrum, their …

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Spotlight: Sensory Room at the Sligo Clayton Hotel

This week, Sligo’s Clayton Hotel became the first hotel in Ireland to establish a room specifically for guests living with autism and sensory issues. We spoke with Mary Clarke, the Kids’ Club leader at the hotel, to talk about the Sensory Room’s inception, its functions and her hopes for it as a model for similar …

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Interview: Autism, Tipp G.A.A. and Me

This week, we sat down with Kevin Hanly, a young man from Tipperary to talk about his experiences, his ambitions, his passion for his home county’s G.A.A. team, and how living with autism has helped him realise his potential as an individual in today’s Ireland.   Tell us about Kevin Hanly as a person – …

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Book Review: The Rosie Project

Vanesssa Fox-O’Loughlin is a Director of AsIAm.ie and the Founder and Editor of Writing.ie. Over Christmas she interviewed Graeme Simsion on his book “The Rosie Project”, a book which centres around an expert in Autism, who also happens to have the condition. Below is the interview, share your thoughts on the novel in the comments …

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