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World Autism Month: #FlyForAutism Campaign

This is an unusual April Autistic people face major barriers in day to day life from education to the workplace. However, we are particularly vulnerable during this crisis and this is reflected in the appeals for help we have been receiving.  Our community require routine, structure and predictability, all of which have now vanished. Autistic …

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An Garda Síochána and An Post Announce New Supports during COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the Gardaí Síochána and An Post have pledged supports to the most vulnerable members of society, including those with additional needs. Deputy Commissioner Twomey remarks “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.  An Garda Síochána has always …

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SURVEY: How can AsIAm help during COVID-19?

AsIAm has been working to support Ireland’s autism community throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Over the past several weeks, we have set up an online COVID-19 Hub, containing support materials and a webinar to help autistic people and family members through the uncertainty, anxiety and lack of routine. As the situation evolves, our community’s needs will …

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Autism Friendly Schools Pilot Project 2019/2020

AsIAm are excited to announce the launch the ‘Autism Friendly Schools Pilot Project 2019/2020,’ kindly funded by a grant from the Keith Duffy Foundation. This project aims to support schools in the provision of inclusive educational placements for autistic children and young people alongside specialist provision. This exciting new project will reaffirm good practice and …

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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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Community Voices: Nóra Nic Oireachtaigh and Bullying

The following piece is the final piece in our series covering bullying and autism. The first part discussed it in a professional context and the second (largely) discussed bullying in a school context. This final piece hopes to portray how yesterday’s bullying can potentially become tomorrow’s abuse. This article is recommended for a mature audience …

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AsIAm Community Seminar: Transitioning to College- 07/08/2019

On Wednesday we had the latest of our community support seminars in Galway. Michael opened the evening and then gave the floor to the capable hands of Billy Redmond. Billy began by explaining his past experience as a Home Economics teacher, gradually specialising in more counselling-based work. He revealed that he is currently on career …

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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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