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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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Our Week Online – 16/6/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online, and what a wet week it’s been.  Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride has announced a number of new accessibility initiatives to make the Pride parade on June 29th more inclusive. They include a quiet area in Merrion Square’s Pride Village, a second assembly point for people who would like to participate in …

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Our Week Online – 7/4/2019

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Welcome to Our Week Online, and the first week of World Autism Month. This series has proved that there’s always news about autism throughout the year, but in April it can be hard to keep up! We’ve got you covered. This week the Irish Independent featured a mother whose six year old autistic son with …

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What We Learned – Parent Wellness and Self-Care

Last week we held our Community Support event in Tipperary on Parent Well-Being and Self-Care. Thank you to those of you who were able to come, but if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We have some of the key points summarised below, as well as live streams from the event – Part One and …

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Press Release: AsIAm Advice on Education Plans

In December 2018, it was brought to AsIAm’s attention that the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has issued advice to its members encouraging them to disengage with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)/Student Support Files (SSFs)/individualised planning within their schools. We learnt that this followed similar advice issued by the Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) over …

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What We Learned – Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities

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On Monday evening we held our Community Support event in Co. Limerick on Autism and Play. We were so grateful to see so many of you there! If you were unable to attend, we have taken note of some of the key information. Feel free to watch the live stream of the event above or …

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Call Out: Complete Our Surveys on School Places and Exclusion/Withdrawal

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As the national autistic advocacy organisation, AsIAm receives a huge volume of messages from families with a child on the autism spectrum who can’t access a school place, or whose child can no longer attend school. We know the situation has escalated over the past number of years, affecting many families across the country. As …

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What We Learned – Community Support: Independent Living and Housing

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Last week we held our first 2019 Community Support event in Ratoath, County Meath, on the topic of Independent Living and Housing, sponsored by SuperValu. Here’s the two PowerPoint presentations kindly provided by our speakers, Darragh Byrne from Gheel Autism Services and Gretta Fitzgerald from DOCTRID. If you didn’t make it on the night, the …

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Research Opportunity: Experiences of Pathological Demand Avoidance in an Irish Context, Dublin City University

AsIAm.ie is delighted to share this research opportunity with our users. This study is being conducted by Dr Alison Doyle and Dr Neil Kenny through the School of Inclusive and Special Education in Dublin City University. Ethical approval for this project has been obtained from the Dublin City University Research Ethics Committee. If you are …

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