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Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds 77% of families feel their child returning to school will need more support, but less than half believe they will receive it   Face masks and social distancing a major challenge for autistic students   Most autistic students experiencing anxiety about the return to school  …

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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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Autism and Eating Disorders: Sharlene Woods and Fiona Fisher Bullivant

Experts have discussed the correlation between autism and eating disorders before. However, they’ve rarely suggested a treatment plan based on it until now, Fiona Fisher Bullivant and Sharleen Woods both work in CAMHS (Fiona as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner specialising in autism and Sharlene as a Dietician.) As a result of frequently working together, they …

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Autistic Pride in Ireland

Autistic Pride began in 2005 with a celebration by Aspies for Freedom. Since then every year June 18th is as a day to celebrate autistic identity.  This day stands as an opportunity for autistic people worldwide to celebrate the endless variety and potential of people on the spectrum. The infinity symbol represents this: limitless possibilities. …

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Autism Charity welcomes Summer Education Programme

  “We now all need to work together to make sure that every child who is eligible can benefit from the scheme”   12h June 2020 AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed today’s Government’s announcement around a Summer Education Programme to support autistic students and those with other disabilities.   Typically autistic young people are …

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“I think many of the people put blame on themselves more than the college” Autism and Dropping Out of University

Between the sensory changes, new routines and demanding workloads, starting university can be especially challenging for students on the spectrum. Despite supports from Disability Services and Student Unions, students sometimes feel they have no option but to drop out. Dr. Eilidh Cage and Jack Howes (National Autistic Society) recently published a paper on this phenomenon. …

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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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