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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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Improving our site for people with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

AsIAm.ie is committed to continuously improving the service we offer, in  order to live true to our goal of being the “one-stop-shop” for the Autism community in Ireland and also to ensure the work we do is as reflective as possible of the “broad church” which is the Autism community. We are acutely aware that …

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Carrie Burton: Jack makes three for us

Frequent blogger and AsIAm Liaison Officer, Carrie Burton, writes of the challenges of a third diagnosis in the family, with the recent diagnosis of her son, Jack. On May 11th 2014 we were given our third diagnosis of special needs in our already unique family. Our son Jack, 2 years and 8 months, had autism. …

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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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Lorraine Dempsey – Getting the real message of Autism to the public

This week we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day #WAAD2014, but what does that really entail? Which is more productive in raising awareness – major fundraising events such as grand dinners or actually reaching out to the public and telling them what autism actually is? I don’t mind that everyone took part in the ‘Light’s it …

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Lisa Domican: A is for Acceptance

Lisa Domican is a mother of 2 children (Grace and Liam, pictured) on the Autism Spectrum and a social entrepreneur, who created the “Grace App” a communications tool for iphone and android for those with Autism. Here, Lisa writes about the need for greater acceptance of Autism. Read, share and comment! I am writing this …

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