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Tiktok #Autismchallenge causes widespread controversy

Social media challenges are nothing new. They can be utilised to great effect such as the Movember or ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Indeed, AsIAm’s Fly For Autism challenge is a good example of this. However, there is darker side to online culture, as seen in TikTok’s #Autismchallenge. TikTok, an app that consist of short videos …

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Conor McDermott : Autism and Airports

Conor McDermott has recently completed a research project for his undergraduate in Occupational Therapy. The project is a survey based on interviews with three autistic adults about their experiences going to airports. The findings can be seen here. Tell me about how and why you settled on this topic for your research project The research …

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Department of Health Clarifies 2km limit for Autistic Community

AsIAm submitted a question to the Minister of Health in relation to Covid-19 restrictions for individuals on the spectrum and those with additional needs. We received a response today. Here was our question: “Many autistic people and their families are concerned about the legal enforcement of social distancing. Some individuals may not cope if unable …

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World Autism Month: #FlyForAutism Campaign

This is an unusual April Autistic people face major barriers in day to day life from education to the workplace. However, we are particularly vulnerable during this crisis and this is reflected in the appeals for help we have been receiving.  Our community require routine, structure and predictability, all of which have now vanished. Autistic …

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An Garda Síochána and An Post Announce New Supports during COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the Gardaí Síochána and An Post have pledged supports to the most vulnerable members of society, including those with additional needs. Deputy Commissioner Twomey remarks “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.  An Garda Síochána has always …

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Adrian Carroll: Impact of COVID-19 on Autistic Employees

Like many others facing difficult times, autistic people will largely have the same concerns about the potential disruption COVID-19 will cause to their livelihood and their daily routine. While people with pre-existing health conditions are particularly at risk from COVID-19, particularly people with respiratory or immune conditions, chronic pain conditions or conditions like Down Syndrome, …

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Autism Friendly Vodafone

We at AsIAm were proud to work with Vodafone Ireland to introduce autism-friendly retail hours in a number of its stores across Ireland. The new initiative is part of a company-wide neurodiversity programme that will run across retail, employment opportunities, events and education. James Magill, manager of HR for Vodafone, explained the thinking behind this …

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General Election 2020: We Need An Autism Empowerment Strategy

Ahead of General Election 2020, AsIAm has one message for every candidate and political party – that Ireland needs a nation-wide Autism Empowerment Strategy. Autism is a complex and invisible disability, with as many as one in 65 people around the country living with a diagnosis. Over the past two years, AsIAm have been gathering …

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