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Autistic Son To Be Relocated 70km Away From Family

Jake O’Kane is 18 years old. He likes music, swimming and horse riding and he will soon be moved 70km away from his family. Jake lived with his mother Linda until February 2018 when he moved to a full-time unit in County Wicklow. However, this unit was for children and Jake becoming an adult meant …

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So You Want to Celebrate World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month! That means many people will be talking about autism in the media, in government, and in your community. Some people might use the colour blue at autism-related events, like “Light It Up Blue” or blue ribbons. Some people might use symbols of puzzle pieces (from a jigsaw) in posts about …

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Saddle Up! AsIAm 100km Cycle 2019

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Calling all Cyclists! We need your help!   AsIAm, Ireland’s leading autism charity, is delighted to announce that our 4th Annual 100km Cycle will take place on Saturday 11th May. Our organisation’s mission is to build an autism-friendly Ireland – one in which every autistic person is accepted “as they are” and has the opportunity …

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Interview: Dr. Linda O’Rourke and Elzaan Marnane of Core Clinical

It’s no secret that meaningful supports and services for autistic people in Ireland are tough to come by. The challenge is even greater for adults on the spectrum. The sudden cut-off point from child services means they can often be left without help as they are about to begin a major transitional stage in their …

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Are You Ready to create your Autism Friendly Town?

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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 …

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A Right to Earn a Living ~ AsIAm Explains

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Last week, Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh TD stated that his Department would be appealing a High Court ruling over a Leaving Cert student whose points were incorrectly added up. Justice Humphreys found that “in the modern world, it is difficult and in some cases impossible to earn one’s livelihood without access to higher …

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How can I help Ease My Child Back into the School Routine from Home?

We all struggle getting back into our regular routine after holidays and for autistic children, who we know often experience difficulty in understanding even the slightest change to their routine, this can be especially difficult. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or moving to a new stream, the most important advice …

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What Resources are Available to Support Families on their Transitions in School?

There is a wide range of resources available to support parents and children on this exciting journey. The only danger is that there is so much material available, that doing an internet-search becomes overwhelming and sifting through the multiple resources available can be exhausting. It is important also to understand that many of the resources …

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Is it a Good Idea to Arrange a Meeting with their Teacher? If so, What Should I Ask?

It is a really good idea and absolutely essential to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher, before your child starts school or when your child is moving onto another stream in the school. Building positive and open communication with your child’s school is important. Communication is a two-way street and sharing information with your …

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What are the Most Important Things to Consider when Choosing a School for my Child?

Starting school is one of the biggest events in both a family member’s and a child’s life. All benefit from advice and support when starting a new school. There is so much information out there that it can overwhelming sometimes just to know where to start.  Dr Emer Ring is the Head of the Department …

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