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We Need an Inclusive, Measurable Autism Strategy

AsIAm has said the publication by the Department of Health of two reports relating to autism must be followed quickly by a real, measurable and appropriately resourced national strategy on autism, with meaningful involvement of autistic people and their family members. The Department of Health has finally released the reports – one on the prevalence …

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Interview: Nicholas Ryan-Purcell

Nicholas Ryan-Purcell is an autistic filmmaker from Co. Tipperary. His latest film is called This is Nicholas – Living With Autism, a documentary about his experiences of growing up in Tipperary with autism and depression. Following its premiere at the 2018 NYC Mental Health Film Festival, This Is Nicholas is screening at the Irish Film Institute in …

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The Clonakilty Commitment – Training Week!

The town of Clonakilty in Co. Cork has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months the AsIAm team have been working with the entire community to achieve official Autism Friendly Accreditation, kindly supported by SuperValu. To do this the town as a …

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BUY YOUR COPY: Mary Immaculate publishes a handbook for educators – “Autism from the Inside Out”

AsIAm would like to thank Dr Emer Ring and her colleagues from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)’s Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies for their contributions to our #BackToRoutine series this month. We would also like to thank them for their considerable generosity in donating all proceeds from their new book, ‘Autism from the Inside …

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Autism Experience Exhibition in Clonakilty on Thursday 27th September!

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the people of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for autistic people in day to day life. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the …

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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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Kevin Hanley: Back to Routine!

Returning to routine after a break can be a tough one to get your head around, especially after a lengthy one like the summer holidays. Routine is a common source of structure for autistic people. Every person will have their own, but by simply having one in place for day-to-day activities is an important guide …

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Mia Duffy: New Start at College

Starting college is a huge change for everyone. The transition, from the application to accepting an offer, is both exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. It’s important to know what supports and strategies are in place, but it’s equally crucial that people know how an autistic individual may feel throughout this whole process. Mia …

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Trish Flood: Holidaying Tips for Autism Families

Some autism families worry about the challenge of taking an overseas holiday. Here are some ideas from my experience to make the holidays more enjoyable for the whole family. If you’ve never travelled by air before, some families find that taking a short flight is good way to prepare for a longer overseas flight. It’s …

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