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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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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: Lock Down, Unlocked Campaign

The AsIAm Youth Leadership Team has developed a campaign aimed at educating other young people and educators about the experiences of autistic people during lockdown, and the challenges of returning to education. “Lock Down, Unlocked” gives an insight into the experiences of young autistic people during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides resources and tips for …

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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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World Autism Month: #FlyForAutism Campaign

This is an unusual April Autistic people face major barriers in day to day life from education to the workplace. However, we are particularly vulnerable during this crisis and this is reflected in the appeals for help we have been receiving.  Our community require routine, structure and predictability, all of which have now vanished. Autistic …

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Medb Lambert: What I Don’t Know About Autism

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Medb Lambert, head of design for What I (Don’t) Know About Autism. Medb is well versed in this arena, working as the head of Equinox, an inclusive theatre company within KCat. Media pieces often observe autism visualise it as children separated behind glass or imagery that …

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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: Jody O’Neill and Dónal Gallagher

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism will shortly begin its run in the Peacock stage in the Abbey. The play, containing a mix of autistic and neurotypical actors, contains a wild mix of characters and situations. It is intended to promote autism acceptance and celebrate autistic identity. I sat down with the play’s writer (and …

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