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Kevin McLoughlin on University Societies as an Autistic Man

  Hey everyone! I’m Kevin, I’m 19 years old, and I’m halfway through my first year exams in NUIG. This year has been wild and formative for me in so many important and meaningful ways but one I’m here to write about today is my social life. You see, most of you know that autistic …

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Kevin Hanly – The Achievements That Can Be Made With Being Autistic!

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As we come to the end of World Autism Month 2019, autistic advocate and Tipperary GAA supporter Kevin Hanly looks back at the month and how things have changed for autistic people, and shares his journey to self-belief and confidence (featuring the Tipperary footballers)! “The Tipp Footballers are a big part of my success” As …

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Joan McDonald – Introduction to Autistic Paddies

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You may have met Autistic Paddies at our last National Autism Conference last October, the Facebook group for autistic adults aged 18+ from or based in Ireland that’s on the rise. In this blog, group facilitator and moderator Joan McDonald talks us through her own autism diagnosis, her search for community in Ireland, and how …

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Rebecca Parke – Making Good Friends

This week AsIAm launched a new Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to facilitate understanding and acceptance of autism in the school community during World Autism Month in April. Rebecca Parke, a young person on the autism spectrum, wrote about her autism diagnosis as a girl on the spectrum, her experiences of bullying and …

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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

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Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum can offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery, whilst the lack of structure can prove difficult for many. Charlie Silke is a Transition Year student on the spectrum, and he’s written about his experiences in Transition Year so far. In …

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Orán Timoney – Special Award Winner at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition!

We’re very proud to say that Orán Timoney, a member of our first Youth Leadership Team and now an AsIAm Youth Ambassador, scooped a Special Award at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS! He was awarded the RCSI Award for “Project with the Best Impact on Human Health”. His winning …

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Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child’s perspective, and we think its message of acceptance and inclusion will resonate with many in the autistic community. Read on below! I may seem different, weird or funny, I might even sometimes seem odd. But it’s just that my thoughts …

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Kevin Hanly: Living With Autism at Christmas Time

The end of November is near, and while there’s still a few weeks left until Christmas, preparing for the holidays make take some time and planning. One of our regular contributors, Kevin Hanly, shares his advice for celebrating Christmas based on his experiences. We’re gearing up for that special time of the year where we …

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Laragh Smith: My Experience of an Inclusive Community

The theme of this year’s National Autism Conference is “Building Inclusive Communities”. Laragh, a young autistic woman and member of our outgoing Youth Leadership Team, has written about an inclusive, welcoming, and warm community in her life. Hi – My name is Laragh, I am 23 and I am on the autistic spectrum. I would …

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CALLOUT: World Autism Awareness Month Blogs

Personal stories and experiences, sharing and openly discussing them, are what make any awareness campaign meaningful. Autism and the journey for its acceptance and active inclusion is no different, and AsIAm would like to hear yours.  Whether you’re a family member, a teacher, a colleague, or on the spectrum yourself, we’re always keen for people …

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