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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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“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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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: An Autistic Review

After all our press on Jody O’Neill’s play, we couldn’t wait to see the play ourselves. Our Vice-CEO Fiona Ferris came as part of the Q&A at the end, whereas myself and policy officer Gaibhinn attended in the audience. Unlike other articles this is more of an opinion piece. Before working at AsIAm I wrote …

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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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CoMorbid Short Play Festival: A Summary

Last week large numbers gathered in the International Bar for an evening hosted by CoMorbid Productions. Comorbid Productions is a newly founded Dublin art collective consisting of of artists affected by disability or mental health issues. Comorbid hosted a performance of short plays and extracts from longer works highlighting the voices of playwrights affected by …

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AsIAm Spending Proposals for Budget 2020

AsIAm launched our spending proposals this week for Budget 2020, with a clear message to the Government that greater investment is crucial to deliver meaningful inclusion and accessibility to services for autistic people. Our proposals include autism-proofing public services and ensuring parity of access; building the autism community’s agency through proper State investment; and empowering …

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