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Autism, College and Covid Lockdown: Jenny Loughman

Jenny Loughman is an autistic blogger studying social care in Limerick Institute of Technology. She hopes to work in services related to autism but her experience with college, like so many others, has been drastically effected by COVID-19. Beginning of COVID-19 When I began my academic path in the field of Social Care, I could …

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Thousands of children with additional education needs in mainstream education ‘completely dropped’ from school re-opening agenda – Disability and Family Carer groups

  Groups waiting over a month for a meeting with Minister Foley while parents and children with additional educational needs left in the dark Four leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland have said that thousands of children with additional …

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Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families – Disability, Children’s and Family Carer groups

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Seven leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, and the National Parents Council, have described today, which sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families, and called for the Government and education stakeholders to …

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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

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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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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Fórsa announcement on resumption of in-school services on a phased basis

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 Announcement is positive signal – but remaining hurdles must be cleared urgently 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 Fórsa that they will advise SNAs to co-operate with the phased resumption of in-school services to …

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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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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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