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Our Week Online – 16/6/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online, and what a wet week it’s been.  Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride has announced a number of new accessibility initiatives to make the Pride parade on June 29th more inclusive. They include a quiet area in Merrion Square’s Pride Village, a second assembly point for people who would like to participate in …

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Our Week Online – 7/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online, and the first week of World Autism Month. This series has proved that there’s always news about autism throughout the year, but in April it can be hard to keep up! We’ve got you covered. This week the Irish Independent featured a mother whose six year old autistic son with …

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What We Learned – Parent Wellness and Self-Care

Last week we held our Community Support event in Tipperary on Parent Well-Being and Self-Care. Thank you to those of you who were able to come, but if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We have some of the key points summarised below, as well as live streams from the event – Part One and …

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Advice on Education Plans ~ AsIAm Explains

In December of last year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) advised their members against drafting and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – and any similar initiatives – rejecting “the imposition of a special education needs model which takes no account of the time, workload and practical implications …

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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We were so grateful to see so many of you there! If you were unable to attend, we have taken note of some of the key information. Feel free to watch the live stream of the event above or …

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Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentine’s Day)! Miriam Moriarty Owens has set up a go-fund me page for her friend, Selina Switzer. Selina’s seven-year-old son, Noah, is intellectually disabled and autistic and she says that “caring for him is a 24 hour …

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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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What We Learned – Community Support: Puberty and Sexuality

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Last night we held our Puberty and Sexuality Community Support seminar in Co. Wicklow, and we’re very grateful to all who came along and to those who watched our livestream. If you couldn’t make it, here are some key notes from our two brilliant speakers! You can watch our livestream here, and view Davida Hartman’s Powerpoint …

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Call Out: Complete Our Surveys on School Places and Exclusion/Withdrawal

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As the national autistic advocacy organisation, AsIAm receives a huge volume of messages from families with a child on the autism spectrum who can’t access a school place, or whose child can no longer attend school. We know the situation has escalated over the past number of years, affecting many families across the country. As …

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What We Learned – Community Support: Independent Living and Housing

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Last week we held our first 2019 Community Support event in Ratoath, County Meath, on the topic of Independent Living and Housing, sponsored by SuperValu. Here’s the two PowerPoint presentations kindly provided by our speakers, Darragh Byrne from Gheel Autism Services and Gretta Fitzgerald from DOCTRID. If you didn’t make it on the night, the …

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