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AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Education’s decision to publish class rankings. From our view, this poses serious risks to autistic pupils’ wellbeing, both educationally and personally. By making such sensitive data freely available, it not only threatens the integrity of the Calculated Grades’ process, but …

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SURVEY: Returning to school during COVID-19

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has been working to support our community through the COVID-19 public health emergency. Over the past number of weeks we have generated support materials and a webinar to help autistic people and family members through the uncertainty, anxiety and lack of routine we are all presently experiencing. We have created …

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Explainer: July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has announced a new support plan as part of the annual July Provision programme. The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on schoolchildren right across the country, but it has meant major, and very often, regressive changes to those with special educational needs (SENs), including autism. The DES, along …

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Explainer: Inspectorate Report on Educational Provisions for Autistic Learners in Irish Schools

A landmark report on the special educational provisions for autistic learners in Irish schools has recently been published by the Department of Education and Skills. The report, written by the Inspectorate, raises several issues which AsIAm has consistently raised throughout our campaigns, as well as during our engagements with the Minister for Education and his …

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AsIAm’s Open Letter to the Party Leaders

AsIAm has written to the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party to stress the importance of an Autism Empowerment Strategy’s inclusion in the next Programme for Government. Speaking today, AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “As we enter the formal phase of negotiations, it’s absolutely vital that manifesto commitments to legisliate for …

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#HappierHealthierLonger General Election Campaign Debrief

Throughout the General Election, AsIAm had one key message: Ireland needs an Autism Empowerment Strategy. This page contains a debriefing of our #HappierHealthierLonger campaign, including what we did and what our plans for the future are. What did we do? We wrote to each candidate standing in every constituency across the country, from all political …

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AsIAm CEO Addresses Oireachtas Joint Committee Consultation on Reduced Timetables

Today AsIAm’s Founder and CEO Adam Harris addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills Consultation on Reduced Timetables on our work on this issue, relevant findings from our Invisible Children report on school absence in the autism community, and AsIAm’s recommendations for helping autistic students and their families affected by reduced timetables. You …

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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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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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