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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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Interview – Kate Heffernan and Aisling O’Gorman, Peat @ The Ark

The Ark Cultural Centre for Children presents Peat, a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate Heffernan and directed by Tim Crouch, which runs until March 31. Relaxed performances of Peat, aimed at children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, take place on Thursday 14 March at 10.15am and Saturday 16 …

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Interview: Julie McCabe

For those of you who watched the most recent episode of Ireland’s Got Talent last Saturday at 7:30 on Virgin Media One, you undoubtedly would have been impressed by singer Julie McCabe. Julie wowed the Ireland’s Got Talent judges with her beautiful rendition of Adele’s When We Were Young, which you can watch above. McCabe, …

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Noel Ward and Michael McEnery’s April Ultra-Marathon in aid of AsIAm!

Autism Awareness Month is coming up soon in April, and two men are planning to give it their all to raise funds for AsIAm. Noel Ward and Michael McEnery will run 50 kilometres per day for 30 consecutive days across Ireland! They are accepting donations on their iDonate page here, and the funds collected will go …

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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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