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What We Learned – Parent Wellness and Self-Care

Last week we held our Community Support event in Tipperary on Parent Well-Being and Self-Care. Thank you to those of you who were able to come, but if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We have some of the key points summarised below, as well as live streams from the event – Part One and …

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Free SuperValu Home Delivery to the Autism Community for April!

AsIAm are delighted to partner with SuperValu, the first food retailer in Ireland to introduce Autism Friendly Shopping evenings, to launch a new initiative for April to make shopping easier and more inclusive for the autism community. AsIAm and SuperValu are continuously working on making shopping Autism Friendly and creating more inclusive communities, through projects …

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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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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We were so grateful to see so many of you there! If you were unable to attend, we have taken note of some of the key information. Feel free to watch the live stream of the event above or …

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Are You Ready to make Your Clonakilty Commitment for Autism?

AsIAm and SuperValu were proud to partner with the community of Clonakilty in creating Ireland’s first ever autism-friendly town. We were delighted with the positive response to this pilot project and would like to invite interested communities right across the country to achieve their own autism-friendly accredited status. This initiative, also known as the Clonakilty …

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Winter Pantomime Relaxed Performances 2018

The annual Christmas pantomime is a festive tradition for many families in Ireland (oh yes it is!… Sorry.). In recent years some pantomimes and shows have started putting on relaxed or autism-friendly performances for families with special needs, so they can join in on the fun alongside their peers! A relaxed performance is a theatre …

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Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child’s perspective, and we think its message of acceptance and inclusion will resonate with many in the autistic community. Read on below! I may seem different, weird or funny, I might even sometimes seem odd. But it’s just that my thoughts …

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Kevin Hanly: Living With Autism at Christmas Time

The end of November is near, and while there’s still a few weeks left until Christmas, preparing for the holidays make take some time and planning. One of our regular contributors, Kevin Hanly, shares his advice for celebrating Christmas based on his experiences. We’re gearing up for that special time of the year where we …

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Interview: Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris is a yoga teacher who founded The Yoga Shed in Co. Wicklow in 2014, which serves to offer accessible and affordable yoga to everybody. Elaine is highly trained to share yoga therapy with children with special needs and is also a certified pregnancy yoga teacher. She is passionate about spreading awareness about the …

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Community Support – Autism in the Home, University College Cork, Cork

AsIAm is hosting twenty four Community Support Seminar talks around the country over the next twelve months. These events are for the autism community, on issues important to the community, informed by the community. All of these events will be free to attend, but places must be booked on our Eventbrite page (see below). All …

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