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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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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: Jody O’Neill and Dónal Gallagher

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism will shortly begin its run in the Peacock stage in the Abbey. The play, containing a mix of autistic and neurotypical actors, contains a wild mix of characters and situations. It is intended to promote autism acceptance and celebrate autistic identity. I sat down with the play’s writer (and …

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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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What is an Autism Strategy & What’s Happening Tomorrow with Sinn Féin’s Private Member’s Motion?

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Autism Strategy Tomorrow evening, Sinn Féin will be submitting a Private Member’s Bill to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism to mark World Autism Day. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy. This Strategy will seek to assess current …

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Our Week Online – 24/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. The countdown to April has begun, it’s a really important month for AsIAm – we’ll celebrate our fifth birthday! Oh, and it’s World Autism Month.  New information has been unearthed that possibly refutes allegations of Hans Asperger supporting and legitimizing Nazi policies.  For the Black Youth Project, Latonya Pennington writes …

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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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