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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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Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: Adrian Carroll

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace When autistic people apply for jobs, a number of fears are present. Firstly, that having a condition like autism imposes a barrier to them in finding work. Secondly that there are further difficulties if they want to do their job to the same standard as their colleagues. These colleagues may …

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Community Support Events- Autism and Access to Healthcare

AsIAm in association with SuperValu recently hosted its latest community support seminar in Skerries. This seminar focused on the topic of Autism & Access to Healthcare. Our two presenters on the evening were Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig. Our first speaker, Dr Mary Doherty, MB BCh NUI FCARCSI,  is a Consultant …

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Our Week Online- 24/11/2019

Welcome to our week online: we’ve been very busy preparing for our Christmas campaign, but a lot’s been happening outside us in the world of autism! This week has been quite active for celebrity news! Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davies reveals her autism diagnosis. She explains that her issues with alcohol abuse stemmed from social anxiety.  …

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National Gallery of Ireland Becoming Autism Friendly

Last week the National Gallery of Ireland became the first cultural institution in Ireland to receive Autism Friendly status. We sat down with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire and Brina Casey of the Gallery’s Access team to discuss this momentous occasion. What motivated you to seek Autism Friendly status? (Caomhán) Accreditation is about accessibility and making …

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AsIAm’s Response to Minister McHugh’s South Dublin Statement

  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the Minister for Education and Skill’s, Joe McHugh, calls for primary schools in South Dublin to engage with his Department in increasing the number of appropriate school places for autistic children. In April, AsIAm published “Invisible Children” documenting the cases of 313 autistic children who did not …

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CoMorbid Short Play Festival: A Summary

Last week large numbers gathered in the International Bar for an evening hosted by CoMorbid Productions. Comorbid Productions is a newly founded Dublin art collective consisting of of artists affected by disability or mental health issues. Comorbid hosted a performance of short plays and extracts from longer works highlighting the voices of playwrights affected by …

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Our Week Online 20/10/19

Hello and welcome to our week online. Firstly, this time last week Minister Simon Harris announced a €2 million campaign to ensure that parents and children have information about services available about autism. This news prompted mixed reactions. Some reacted favourably, citing Harris’ action against ‘scam treatments.’ Others argued that awareness is insufficient, arguing that …

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Autism Behind the Wheel: Teaching Teens and Young Adults on the Spectrum to Drive- Carmen Adams

*Editor’s note: Carmen’s piece, though helpful, is written in an American context. Not all situations described in the piece may apply to Ireland* Driving is an important milestone in the lives of teenagers and young adults. No longer do they have to ask mom and dad for a ride to their friend’s houses. Now they …

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