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AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Education’s decision to publish class rankings. From our view, this poses serious risks to autistic pupils’ wellbeing, both educationally and personally. By making such sensitive data freely available, it not only threatens the integrity of the Calculated Grades’ process, but …

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Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

  Plan provides an important roadmap which now must be backed up with targets, investment and action   Thursday 24th September AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the publication today of priorities for action to reform special education provision in Ireland. The priorities, published by Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Special Education and …

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AsIAm & Rethink Ireland Partner to Support 3rd Level Autistic Students

    Project develops quality online resources to help autistic students transition smoothly into third-level   A programme supporting young autistic students entering third level education for the first time has received €50,000 in funding from Rethink Ireland, the state-funded body which supports innovative charities, social enterprises, and community organisation.   The funding has been …

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Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds 77% of families feel their child returning to school will need more support, but less than half believe they will receive it   Face masks and social distancing a major challenge for autistic students   Most autistic students experiencing anxiety about the return to school  …

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SURVEY: Returning to school during COVID-19

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has been working to support our community through the COVID-19 public health emergency. Over the past number of weeks we have generated support materials and a webinar to help autistic people and family members through the uncertainty, anxiety and lack of routine we are all presently experiencing. We have created …

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Assistive Technology Passport: A Promising New System

Assistive Technology Passport; The Qualitative Research study  In 2016,  Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)  published a discussion  paper on the state of the Assistive Technology (AT) ecosystem in Ireland. Among the recommendations contained in the paper was the establishment of an AT central coordinating agency with the responsibility of coordinating a …

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