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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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Autism Friendly Vodafone

We at AsIAm were proud to work with Vodafone Ireland to introduce autism-friendly retail hours in a number of its stores across Ireland. The new initiative is part of a company-wide neurodiversity programme that will run across retail, employment opportunities, events and education. James Magill, manager of HR for Vodafone, explained the thinking behind this …

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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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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: Matthew Ralli and Paula Mc Glinchy

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism, a play written by Jody O’Neill, will soon hit the stage. The play, directed by Dónal Gallagher, will contain a cast of autistic and neurotypical actors. Using a host of characters and storylines, the play aims to celebrate autistic identity and educate neurotypical audiences. In the lead up to …

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Adam Harris Appointed To HSE Programme Board

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AsIAm are pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, will be joining the HSE Autism Programme Board at its next meeting on Monday 20th January. We have long sought for autistic voices and those of their families’ to be represented on the Board. AsIAm has been proactively campaigning for an Autism Empowerment …

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General Election 2020: We Need An Autism Empowerment Strategy

Ahead of General Election 2020, AsIAm has one message for every candidate and political party – that Ireland needs a nation-wide Autism Empowerment Strategy. Autism is a complex and invisible disability, with as many as one in 65 people around the country living with a diagnosis. Over the past two years, AsIAm have been gathering …

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Hannah Gadsby, Gender and Autism

On June 20th of last year, Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette, debuted on Netflix. Since then, the comic’s life has been permanently altered. The special delved into the powerful and often painful topics of homophobia, sexual assault and comedy’s relationship with trauma. Her new show, Douglas, discusses her autism diagnosis alongside a host of other topics. …

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