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Autism ID Card Announcement

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, is pleased to announce that we will shortly begin issuing Autism ID cards to autistic children and adults. This initiative arises from a large number of queries and requests we have received from members of the public since the closure of Autism Ireland on 28th February 2019. In response to …

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Joan McDonald – Introduction to Autistic Paddies

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You may have met Autistic Paddies at our last National Autism Conference last October, the Facebook group for autistic adults aged 18+ from or based in Ireland that’s on the rise. In this blog, group facilitator and moderator Joan McDonald talks us through her own autism diagnosis, her search for community in Ireland, and how …

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Our Week Online – 31/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Today happens to be AsIAm’s fifth birthday! So it would be rude not to sit and read a story. It’s also why we thought it was about time we smartened up a bit, got ourselves this new header. Aren’t we swish. In the UK, an inquest this week found a …

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Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools 2019

Calling all schools, teachers, and educators! April is World Autism Month, and we have developed an online Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to use, to increase acceptance and understanding of autism in the school community. The pack includes resources such as videos, worksheets, posters, and activities for your class and school. If you …

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Press Release: AsIAm Advice on Education Plans

In December 2018, it was brought to AsIAm’s attention that the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has issued advice to its members encouraging them to disengage with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)/Student Support Files (SSFs)/individualised planning within their schools. We learnt that this followed similar advice issued by the Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) over …

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Are You Ready to make Your Clonakilty Commitment for Autism?

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AsIAm and SuperValu were proud to partner with the community of Clonakilty in creating Ireland’s first ever autism-friendly town. We were delighted with the positive response to this pilot project and would like to invite interested communities right across the country to achieve their own autism-friendly accredited status. This initiative, also known as the Clonakilty …

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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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Our Week Online – 3/2/2019

It’s Sunday, and February is here which means, whether it feels like it or not, Spring has come to Ireland. Welcome to Our Week Online. In Turkey, the Otsimo app invented by Zafer Elcik for his autistic brother has helped thousands autistic students across the world with their education. BBC World Hacks meets Zafer and …

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Research Opportunity: Parental Experiences of Family-Centered Music Therapy with Children with Autism

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. If you are interested in taking part please read the information below and contact Katerina Cussen at 17073065@studentmail.ul.ie. Katerina Cussen is a Music Therapy MA student in her final year of training at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick). …

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Our Week Online – 11/11/2018

It’s Sunday, winter has definitely arrived, and there’s only six weeks to Christmas! Welcome to Our Week Online. Six autistic secondary pupils in Co. Kildare finally started school this week, nine weeks since the beginning of the academic year, after the completion of their school’s new autism unit was delayed. In the United States, midterm …

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