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Our Week Online – 1/6/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. This is a bumper edition for the bank holiday – sit back and enjoy. Last week Ireland held local and European elections and another referendum. However, for blind and visually impaired people, voting was cumbersome, time-consuming, and even risky. In the UK, an autistic senior analyst has successfully won a …

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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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Our Week Online – 14/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. We’re about halfway through World Autism Month, and it can be long. Remember to take the time to care for yourself and remind yourself how great you are! This week the Children’s Ombudsman criticised the HSE and Tusla over a lack of supports provided to children living with moderate to …

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Our Week Online – 3/3/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online – because these days, media is all about the signal boost. In the UK, research has found that 1 in 5 women presenting to UK anorexia clinics may be autistic and tailored therapies and treatments for autistic patients should be implemented, says Autistica. Research from Australia has found that injuries …

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Eoin Hickey – Why I Like Having Autism and ADHD

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ADD/ADHD are common co-occuring conditions within the autism community. Sometimes the traits of these conditions can differ starkly, and sometimes they can overlap. Eoin Hickey, a young man on the autism spectrum who has ADHD, writes on his favourite things about having both autism and ADHD. You can read his previous blog on coping mechanisms …

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Interview: Dr. Linda O’Rourke and Elzaan Marnane of Core Clinical

It’s no secret that meaningful supports and services for autistic people in Ireland are tough to come by. The challenge is even greater for adults on the spectrum. The sudden cut-off point from child services means they can often be left without help as they are about to begin a major transitional stage in their …

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Our Week Online – 11/11/2018

It’s Sunday, winter has definitely arrived, and there’s only six weeks to Christmas! Welcome to Our Week Online. Six autistic secondary pupils in Co. Kildare finally started school this week, nine weeks since the beginning of the academic year, after the completion of their school’s new autism unit was delayed. In the United States, midterm …

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Interview: Nicholas Ryan-Purcell

Nicholas Ryan-Purcell is an autistic filmmaker from Co. Tipperary. His latest film is called This is Nicholas – Living With Autism, a documentary about his experiences of growing up in Tipperary with autism and depression. Following its premiere at the 2018 NYC Mental Health Film Festival, This Is Nicholas is screening at the Irish Film Institute in …

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