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Special School Closure: A Timeline

Recent events have created a great deal of anxiety for children with special educational needs and their families. We at AsIAm understand it is hard to keep track of as the situation develops so rapidly. For this reason, we have created a timeline charting events from the beginning of the latest Covid-19 restrictions until now.       In the December, the Department of Education …

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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Government announcement on phased return to school for students with special educational needs

return to school for students with special educational needs

Announcement will come as a huge relief to children with SEN and their families Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed the announcement by Government today that they are targeting a return to school for primary students with …

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Commitments must now be matched by urgent delivery say representative organisations

Disability and Family Carer Groups Welcome Commitment to Prioritise re-opening of schools for students with SEN Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, that the re-opening of schools …

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Disability Groups Seek Urgent Meeting With Minister Foley

Special Educational Needs Groups

Families ‘devastated’ over special school’s U-turn Disability groups seek urgent meeting with Minister Foley Three leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and AsIAm, have said that the Government U-turn over the re-opening of special schools has left families of children with special educational needs ‘devastated’, and immediate supports …

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Autism Community appeals for greater understanding and support in 2021

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Survey by National Autism Charity reveals high levels of structural inequality and discrimination 74% believe the government does not take a coordinated approach to supporting autistic people   14th December 2020 Ireland’s National Autism Charity AsIAm has made a Christmas appeal for funds, revealing results of a survey showing the greatest barrier autistic people face is lack …

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Employers called on to Make Inclusion Work on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Employers called on to make inclusion work on International Day of Persons with Disabilities New National Disability Authority-funded training programme, aimed at tackling low levels of employment among persons with disabilities, launched on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Four partner organisations have joined forces to create an online training programme to support employers to …

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Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19

•   41% of families state their child’s needs more support •   22% of families state their child’s access to an SNA was reduced •   Hugh majority of parents want school provision for those with additional needs in the event of another lockdown A survey conducted by three of the leading disability advocacy organisations in the …

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Youth Leadership Team: Lock Down, Unlocked Campaign

The AsIAm Youth Leadership Team has developed a campaign aimed at educating other young people and educators about the experiences of autistic people during lockdown, and the challenges of returning to education. “Lock Down, Unlocked” gives an insight into the experiences of young autistic people during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides resources and tips for …

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