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Webinar: Accessing Healthcare under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the second of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at healthcare on Wednesday 3rd March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Webinar: Accessing Education under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the first of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at education on Monday 1st March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Explainer: Supplementary Education Programme

What is this?  The Department of Education, along with relevant education stakeholders, has begun a phased return to in-person learning for children with additional needs, including those on the autism spectrum.  While many pupils reportedly adapted well to online learning, there is a growing body of evidence which indicates that the absence of school and …

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Assistive Technology Passport: A Promising New System

Assistive Technology Passport; The Qualitative Research study  In 2016,  Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)  published a discussion  paper on the state of the Assistive Technology (AT) ecosystem in Ireland. Among the recommendations contained in the paper was the establishment of an AT central coordinating agency with the responsibility of coordinating a …

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FAQs about July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills recently announced a new version of July Provision for 2020. This new scheme, also known as the Summer Education Programme, seeks to broaden its scope, so as it can meet the needs of vulnerable schoolchildren, whose education has been most effected by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be updating …

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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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Update on July Provision

Today, AsIAm’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, along with the representatives of several other disability groups, attended a further consultation with officials in the Department of Education and Skills, in relation to the July Provision Programme. “We are deeply concerned at the present proposals which the Department has developed,” said Mr Harris. “These proposals would …

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Explainer: Leaving Certificate Rules 2020

What’s a Calculated Grade? Calculated grades are grades which are based on how an individual pupil is expected to perform in an exam, as well as how past pupils from the same school have performed previously. How are they calculated?  They are scored using statistics gathered across a period of time during a two-step process. …

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Hannah Gadsby, Gender and Autism

On June 20th of last year, Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette, debuted on Netflix. Since then, the comic’s life has been permanently altered. The special delved into the powerful and often painful topics of homophobia, sexual assault and comedy’s relationship with trauma. Her new show, Douglas, discusses her autism diagnosis alongside a host of other topics. …

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