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Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families – Disability, Children’s and Family Carer groups

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Seven leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, and the National Parents Council, have described today, which sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families, and called for the Government and education stakeholders to …

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Special School Closure: A Timeline

Recent events have created a great deal of anxiety for children with special educational needs and their families. We at AsIAm understand it is hard to keep track of as the situation develops so rapidly. For this reason, we have created a timeline charting events from the beginning of the latest Covid-19 restrictions until now.       In the December, the Department of Education …

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Disability Groups Seek Urgent Meeting With Minister Foley

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Families ‘devastated’ over special school’s U-turn Disability groups seek urgent meeting with Minister Foley Three leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and AsIAm, have said that the Government U-turn over the re-opening of special schools has left families of children with special educational needs ‘devastated’, and immediate supports …

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Autism and Mental Health Survey Consultation Panel

AsIAm are conducting research on the mental health experiences of autistic adults, in close collaboration with Rachel O’Connor, a trainee clinical psychologist at University College Dublin. We seek to understand: •    what factors impact the mental health of autistic adults? •   what are autistic adults’ experiences of getting support for mental health difficulties in …

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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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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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