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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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AsIAm National Autism Conference 2018: “Building Inclusive Communities”

We are delighted to make the tickets available for our 3rd Annual AsIAm National Autism Conference which takes place on Saturday 20th October in The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year we will explore the theme of Building Inclusive Communities and we are excited to be partnering with Ireland’s first autism-friendly retailer, Supervalu, as our Conference sponsor.  We …

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Declan Lynch: “These results place your child on the Autistic Spectrum”

Often fathers find it more difficult to come to terms with diagnosis, or are left out of the discussion and debate around Autism services and awareness, in the first of two-part article on a families journey through diagnosis and service provision,  Declan gives a wonderful insight from the point of view of a father. Please …

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DSM-V – What Does It All Mean?

As many of you will be aware that American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently announced the publication in May 2013 of their new diagnostic manual which will remove Aspergers Syndrome as an independently listed condition (as well as Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified) and instead replace it with a sole diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum …

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