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Our Week Online – 21/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Happy Easter, and Bank Holiday Weekend! If you need a break away from your loved ones for a few minutes during the festivities (we all do at some point), we’ve got you covered. In the UK, an autistic teenage girl has spent almost the last three months in school in …

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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

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Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum can offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery, whilst the lack of structure can prove difficult for many. Charlie Silke is a Transition Year student on the spectrum, and he’s written about his experiences in Transition Year so far. In …

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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

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Last week AsIAm launched two surveys on the experiences of autistic students in accessing education. Eoin Hickey, a young person on the autism spectrum, explains how autism affects him in his daily life, how teachers can understand students with diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and offers advice for social situations. My name is Eoin Hickey …

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Interview: Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris is a yoga teacher who founded The Yoga Shed in Co. Wicklow in 2014, which serves to offer accessible and affordable yoga to everybody. Elaine is highly trained to share yoga therapy with children with special needs and is also a certified pregnancy yoga teacher. She is passionate about spreading awareness about the …

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Our Week Online – 28/10/2018

It’s Sunday, Halloween is almost here, Ireland is (hopefully) done with voting for the year, and tomorrow’s a Bank Holiday Monday. Lovely. Welcome to Our Week Online. This week it was announced that three schools in Co. Dublin would close immediately due to building defects following inspections from the Department of Education, with a further …

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National Autism Conference 2018 – Autism Welcoming Venue and Experience

National Autism Conference is less than a week away, in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, this Saturday. Attendees will receive an email with all the information they need to know on the day, and in addition during the week we’ll post updates about the Conference here on our website. Today, we’d like you to know …

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Make Your Club Autism-Friendly

Awareness about autism has increased among society in recent years. This is a positive development, but there’s far more to being aware about the condition than just knowing some of its main traits. Successful autism awareness is about actively including and supporting autistic people within local communities. Isolation is a daily reality for many living …

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Create a “Social story” for your business or organisation

Social stories are short guides of a particular situation, event or activity. They include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. Day 14 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about supporting autistic people to prepare for social situations by creating “a social story”. Autistic people often find it challenging to read social situations or …

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Spotlight: Sensory Room at the Sligo Clayton Hotel

This week, Sligo’s Clayton Hotel became the first hotel in Ireland to establish a room specifically for guests living with autism and sensory issues. We spoke with Mary Clarke, the Kids’ Club leader at the hotel, to talk about the Sensory Room’s inception, its functions and her hopes for it as a model for similar …

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Sean Foley: My ongoing experiences with feelings

For an autistic individual like myself, ‘feelings’ is something of a grey area. We do experience and process emotions but not as you, the neurotypical population, may know it. It’s only quite recently that my feelings and the ability to feel in a way others can understand and empathise with has come to the fore, which is at …

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