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Our Week Online – 12/5/2019

Hello, and welcome to Our Week Online. This week Ireland became the second country in the world to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. It’s safe to say that the deputies involved would not have been so moved without the tireless advocacy and activism of a young autistic woman, and her millions of followers around …

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Our Week Online – 5/5/2019

Hello, and welcome to Our Week Online. The autism community has made it through another World Autism Month. This Autism Month felt different (or was that just us?). If we put in the work between now and next April, let’s see how far we can go. Latest figures show that over 100,000 people in Ireland …

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Minister for Education Reminds Schools of Obligations to Students with SEN Following Enough Is Enough Protest

Yesterday Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD published a statement reminding schools and patrons nationwide of their responsibilities under admissions laws to provide specialist school places for children and young people with special needs. This statement came just a few hours after the morning’s protest by nationwide campaign group Enough Is Enough – Every Voice …

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AsIAm to Join Enough Is Enough Protest on Lack of School Places for Autistic Students at Leinster House

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In light of the recent publication of our Invisible Children report on School Absence and Withdrawal among autistic children in Ireland, and the lack of engagement from the Department of Education and Skills on this matter and on barriers to education for autistic students, we are excited to support the Enough is Enough – Every …

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Joan McDonald – Introduction to Autistic Paddies

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You may have met Autistic Paddies at our last National Autism Conference last October, the Facebook group for autistic adults aged 18+ from or based in Ireland that’s on the rise. In this blog, group facilitator and moderator Joan McDonald talks us through her own autism diagnosis, her search for community in Ireland, and how …

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Our Week Online – 21/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Happy Easter, and Bank Holiday Weekend! If you need a break away from your loved ones for a few minutes during the festivities (we all do at some point), we’ve got you covered. In the UK, an autistic teenage girl has spent almost the last three months in school in …

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Research Opportunity: Barriers experienced by autistic adults accessing primary healthcare in Ireland

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our readers. If you are interested in taking part please read the information below and complete the appropriate survey(s). Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Stuart Neilson are conducting research into the challenges faced by autistic people & their families when accessing healthcare. We are specifically asking …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Ó Ríordáin’s Commencement Matter on School Places in the Seanad?

On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the provision of school places this September in the cases of four autistic children in his constituency, asking the Minister for Education to intervene. He also raised the matter of home tuition as a fall-back for not finding a school …

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So You Want to Celebrate World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month! That means many people will be talking about autism in the media, in government, and in your community. Some people might use the colour blue at autism-related events, like “Light It Up Blue” or blue ribbons. Some people might use symbols of puzzle pieces (from a jigsaw) in posts about …

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Majority of Irish Support Autistic People in Jobs, Schools and the Community, but Don’t Understand Autism Well, survey finds

Irish people show strong positive support for autistic people in schools, employment and society generally but concede that their level of knowledge of the condition is inadequate, according to new research commissioned by AsIAm for World Autism Month 2019. The survey was carried out nationwide last month by Coyne Research among a representative sample of …

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