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Our Week Online – 21/4/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online. Happy Easter, and Bank Holiday Weekend! If you need a break away from your loved ones for a few minutes during the festivities (we all do at some point), we’ve got you covered. In the UK, an autistic teenage girl has spent almost the last three months in school in …

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Our Week Online – 24/2/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Did anyone else struggle with knowing what to wear in the sudden warm weather this week? We are entering a season of change and transitions (Spring, it’s Spring), and if you’re going through any changes in your own life, take care of yourself. And maybe don’t put away your coats …

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Interview: Dr. Linda O’Rourke and Elzaan Marnane of Core Clinical

It’s no secret that meaningful supports and services for autistic people in Ireland are tough to come by. The challenge is even greater for adults on the spectrum. The sudden cut-off point from child services means they can often be left without help as they are about to begin a major transitional stage in their …

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Call Out: Complete Our Survey on Adult Autism Diagnosis

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In partnership with Core Clinical, we invite autistic people with a formal adult diagnosis of autism/autism spectrum disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome to complete our new survey “Stress, distress, and mental illness: how can a new adult autism assessment and intervention service best support you?” Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and share. What’s it for? Core …

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Our Week Online – 17/2/2019

This is Our Week Online. We hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day (and an even better Galentine’s Day)! Miriam Moriarty Owens has set up a go-fund me page for her friend, Selina Switzer. Selina’s seven-year-old son, Noah, is intellectually disabled and autistic and she says that “caring for him is a 24 hour …

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Our Week Online – 9/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. Don’t know what it is about December, but the autism and disability stories just keep coming. That, or we just like reading them! This week the Department of Health published two reports, one on the prevalence of autism and another reviewing and making recommendations on autism services, with a view to publishing an …

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Our Week Online – 2/12/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online. This is the biggest roundup so far, but it was a big week! Go and boil the kettle so. In new measures announced by the Government this week, people on disability allowance will be allowed to earn up to €427 a week and still keep their medical card. This measure …

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Laura Gleasure: Am I Autistic?

Autism is often thought of as an ‘invisible’ difference in people living with it. Many of its key traits aren’t always obvious in daily life, making it difficult to spot for friends, colleagues and even family members. Equally, thinking in rigid definitions of autism can limit our understanding of what is a complex condition. Laura …

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Melissa Mooney: Autism is a Superpower!

Melissa, a young woman living with Asperger’s, talks about her experiences with her autism and about how self-acceptance is a source of huge inner strength for autistic people and their families.  Recently, a colleague brought me into his office to discuss a brief. Having volunteered some observations, he paused and said, almost as an aside, …

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