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Rebecca Parke – Making Good Friends

This week AsIAm launched a new Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to facilitate understanding and acceptance of autism in the school community during World Autism Month in April. Rebecca Parke, a young person on the autism spectrum, wrote about her autism diagnosis as a girl on the spectrum, her experiences of bullying and …

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Eoin Hickey – Why I Like Having Autism and ADHD

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ADD/ADHD are common co-occuring conditions within the autism community. Sometimes the traits of these conditions can differ starkly, and sometimes they can overlap. Eoin Hickey, a young man on the autism spectrum who has ADHD, writes on his favourite things about having both autism and ADHD. You can read his previous blog on coping mechanisms …

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Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child’s perspective, and we think its message of acceptance and inclusion will resonate with many in the autistic community. Read on below! I may seem different, weird or funny, I might even sometimes seem odd. But it’s just that my thoughts …

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Jonathan Victory: Aspergers Syndrome & Martial Arts

Jonathan Victory shares his positive experiences of Martial Arts as someone with Aspergers Syndrome. Read and comment below! Bruce Lee famously advised people to “Be Like Water”, comparing attributes of water to the ease-of-being necessary to succeed in martial arts, if not life in general. Water is fluid, adaptable, ever-changing yet commanding of presence. It …

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Yvonne Newbold: 10 Great Things People with Autism can add to society

Yvonne Newbold is the author of “The Special Parent’s Handbook”, a practical, hands-on parenting manual for all parents of disabled children, packed full of the tips, tricks and strategies she learnt the hard way when bringing up her own three different child. Here, she passionately puts forward her belief that people with Autism can make a valuable contribution …

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Carrie Burton: Autism has made us who we are

Regular blogger, Carrie Burton, talks about how Autism has challenged, but also strengthened, her family. Read, share and comment! Since today is autism awareness day I decided to write about how autism has made us as a family who we are. I had never even heard the word autism until my daughters creche and pediatrician …

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