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Our Week Online – 7/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online, and the first week of World Autism Month. This series has proved that there’s always news about autism throughout the year, but in April it can be hard to keep up! We’ve got you covered. This week the Irish Independent featured a mother whose six year old autistic son with …

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Explainer: What Happens Now after the Dáil’s Autism Motion?

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On Tuesday evening, Sinn Féin used their Private Members’ time to submit a motion to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism. This Committee would have the explicit aim to develop an Autism Empowerment Strategy, and associated legislation, within a six-month timeframe. AsIAm has been engaging with several political parties and members of the Oireachtas …

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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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SuperValu and AsIAm Inclusive Communities Award

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AsIAm and SuperValu have a strong partnership in supporting communities to become autism-friendly. Our partnership has seen the roll-out of Autism-Friendly Shopping in over 100 SuperValu stores across Ireland and the development of the Autism-Friendly Town Initiative. We believe communities that are fully accessible for autistic people are stronger, more sustainable places to live. We …

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Interview – Kate Heffernan and Aisling O’Gorman, Peat @ The Ark

The Ark Cultural Centre for Children presents Peat, a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate Heffernan and directed by Tim Crouch, which runs until March 31. Relaxed performances of Peat, aimed at children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, take place on Thursday 14 March at 10.15am and Saturday 16 …

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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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Winter Pantomime Relaxed Performances 2018

The annual Christmas pantomime is a festive tradition for many families in Ireland (oh yes it is!… Sorry.). In recent years some pantomimes and shows have started putting on relaxed or autism-friendly performances for families with special needs, so they can join in on the fun alongside their peers! A relaxed performance is a theatre …

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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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Autism Friendly Santa School

*Due to the huge amount of inquiries we have had about our Autism Friendly Santa Training, we have decided to open up this event to include parents and carers. We’ll be delivering tips on how to prepare your child and family for an Autism Friendly Christmas!* Calling all of Santa’s helpers! Christmas is such an …

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