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Our Week Online – 10/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. Sit down, why don’t you? A quarter of the disabled population of Ireland live in poverty, and while 42% of applications for disability allowance were rejected in 2018, about 70% of appeals were granted. The Irish Examiner reports on the arduous process of applying and reapplying for disability allowance in …

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Being a True Friend by Rachael Donohoe

Here at AsIAm it’s important to us to champion the work of the autistic community. That’s why we are happy to announce that we are supporting the launch of a new picture book Being a True Friend written and illustrated by Rachael Donohoe. The book is aimed at children developing interpersonal skills and offers support in …

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Eoin Hickey – Autism and Coping Mechanisms

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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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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Our Week Online – 4/11/2018

It’s Sunday, and welcome to Our Week Online. Here’s the internet’s tricks and treats from the past seven days. A new report from Dublin City University is calling for a nationwide programme to support students with intellectual disabilities in making the transition from school to further education and training. DCU’s research found that young people …

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Laragh Smith: My Experience of an Inclusive Community

The theme of this year’s National Autism Conference is “Building Inclusive Communities”. Laragh, a young autistic woman and member of our outgoing Youth Leadership Team, has written about an inclusive, welcoming, and warm community in her life. Hi – My name is Laragh, I am 23 and I am on the autistic spectrum. I would …

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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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Socialising & Building Social Skills

Amid preparing for school or for college, whilst we’re often completely caught up worrying if we’ll take to the incoming routine changes, or whether we’ll like the course we’ve picked, it’s easy to overlook one crucial aspect until we’ve finally arrived in the classroom – socialising. Building and using social skills is one of the …

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