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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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Special Interest: Ian Lynam- Sherlock Holmes

I thought I’d change the pace by writing about one of my own special interests for once! Sherlock Holmes. I’m hardly the first autistic person to take an interest in him and I’m sure I’m far from the last.  Introduced in the 1887 Beeton’s Christmas Annual, the Baker Street sleuth emerged over sixty years before …

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Community Voices: Ella Durrigan on Starting College

Autism vs First Year of college May 2019: I have just finished my summer exams. I had dropped out of college twice before and this was third time lucky. I had finally completed the first year of a degree in Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations in Dundalk IT, a course with a mixture of academic, creative and technology skills …

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Robert Byrne’s Sensory Pod

Today we sit down with Robert Byrne, creator of the sensory pod. Adapting the capsule hotels commonly found in Asia, Byrne created a new piece of assistive technology. The pod is roghly the side of a sunbed and is an excellent resource for anyone with sensory needs. What led to the pod’s creation? Our main …

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Community Voices: Nóra Nic Oireachtaigh and Bullying

The following piece is the final piece in our series covering bullying and autism. The first part discussed it in a professional context and the second (largely) discussed bullying in a school context. This final piece hopes to portray how yesterday’s bullying can potentially become tomorrow’s abuse. This article is recommended for a mature audience …

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