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Football For All: Inclusive Sport in Ireland

  Young people with additional needs have struggled during lockdown; along with the disruptions to school, their opportunity to get out and socialise has been extremely limited. However, even before the COVID19 pandemic, lack of opportunities to make friends and pursue their interests is a long-standing issue in our community. Michael Kennedy, who previously served …

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AsIAm Back To School Webinar ft. Pete Wharmby

SuperValu & AsIAm are delighted to announce the next Community Support Webinar “Back to School: Support for Primary & Secondary School Students” You can register at the link here, This seminar is focusing on ‘Back to School: Support for Primary & Secondary School Students’. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, students across the country have 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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Youth Leadership Team Unlocked: Tristan Lennon

The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected my life in many aspects, but predominantly in terms of my family, social life, and academic life. In terms of my family, Covid-19 had a relatively weaker impact than it had on many. My family is already well adapted to spending time at home together. About three weeks after the …

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Autism and Eating Disorders: Sharlene Woods and Fiona Fisher Bullivant

Experts have discussed the correlation between autism and eating disorders before. However, they’ve rarely suggested a treatment plan based on it until now, Fiona Fisher Bullivant and Sharleen Woods both work in CAMHS (Fiona as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner specialising in autism and Sharlene as a Dietician.) As a result of frequently working together, they …

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Autistic Pride in Ireland

Autistic Pride began in 2005 with a celebration by Aspies for Freedom. Since then every year June 18th is as a day to celebrate autistic identity.  This day stands as an opportunity for autistic people worldwide to celebrate the endless variety and potential of people on the spectrum. The infinity symbol represents this: limitless possibilities. …

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Autism Charity welcomes Summer Education Programme

  “We now all need to work together to make sure that every child who is eligible can benefit from the scheme”   12h June 2020 AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed today’s Government’s announcement around a Summer Education Programme to support autistic students and those with other disabilities.   Typically autistic young people are …

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“I think many of the people put blame on themselves more than the college” Autism and Dropping Out of University

Between the sensory changes, new routines and demanding workloads, starting university can be especially challenging for students on the spectrum. Despite supports from Disability Services and Student Unions, students sometimes feel they have no option but to drop out. Dr. Eilidh Cage and Jack Howes (National Autistic Society) recently published a paper on this phenomenon. …

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