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Minister for Education Reminds Schools of Obligations to Students with SEN Following Enough Is Enough Protest

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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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Devine’s Commencement Matter on SEN Schools Provision in the Seanad?

On Thursday morning, Senator Máire Devine submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the lack of provision of school places for autistic children. She also cited our Invisible Children report on School Absences and Withdrawals in Ireland’s Autism Community, launched this week. The Minister answering was Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State at the Department of …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Ó Ríordáin’s Commencement Matter on School Places in the Seanad?

On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the provision of school places this September in the cases of four autistic children in his constituency, asking the Minister for Education to intervene. He also raised the matter of home tuition as a fall-back for not finding a school …

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Explainer: What Happens Now after the Dáil’s Autism Motion?

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On Tuesday evening, Sinn Féin used their Private Members’ time to submit a motion to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism. This Committee would have the explicit aim to develop an Autism Empowerment Strategy, and associated legislation, within a six-month timeframe. AsIAm has been engaging with several political parties and members of the Oireachtas …

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What is an Autism Strategy & What’s Happening Tomorrow with Sinn Féin’s Private Member’s Motion?

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Tomorrow evening, Sinn Féin will be submitting a Private Member’s Bill to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism to mark World Autism Day. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy. This Strategy will seek to assess current shortcomings from …

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Call Out: Complete Our Survey on Adult Autism Diagnosis

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In partnership with Core Clinical, we invite autistic people with a formal adult diagnosis of autism/autism spectrum disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome to complete our new survey “Stress, distress, and mental illness: how can a new adult autism assessment and intervention service best support you?” Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and share. What’s it for? Core …

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“It’s Not A Disorder”: Minister Joe McHugh Challenges Himself and TDs on Inclusive Language around Autism

 Following constructive and insightful discussions and correspondence with AsIAm in recent weeks, on Tuesday 23rd January Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD addressed Dáil Eireann on the importance of using inclusive and correct language when we refer to autism in the education system (which can be viewed in the video above; transcript at …

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Constructive Meeting between AsIAm & ASTI Representatives

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Representatives from both AsIAm and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) met last week to discuss the recent ASTI advice to their membership on the non-implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) / Student Support Files (SSFs) and other forms of individualised support. We felt it was a constructive dialogue for both parties involved as …

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Our Week Online – 9/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. Don’t know what it is about December, but the autism and disability stories just keep coming. That, or we just like reading them! This week the Department of Health published two reports, one on the prevalence of autism and another reviewing and making recommendations on autism services, with a view to publishing an …

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We Need an Inclusive, Measurable Autism Strategy

AsIAm has said the publication by the Department of Health of two reports relating to autism must be followed quickly by a real, measurable and appropriately resourced national strategy on autism, with meaningful involvement of autistic people and their family members. The Department of Health has finally released the reports – one on the prevalence …

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