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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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AsIAm Application to the Disability Participation and Consultation Network Successful

Earlier this month, AsIAm made a successful application to the Disability Participation and Consultation Network as a Grant-Funded Member. The Scheme, funded by the Department of Justice, is to ensure that people with disabilities in Ireland are meaningfully and actively consulted as the State works to meet its obligations under the United Nations’ Convention on …

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AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Education’s decision to publish class rankings. From our view, this poses serious risks to autistic pupils’ wellbeing, both educationally and personally. By making such sensitive data freely available, it not only threatens the integrity of the Calculated Grades’ process, but …

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FAQs about July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills recently announced a new version of July Provision for 2020. This new scheme, also known as the Summer Education Programme, seeks to broaden its scope, so as it can meet the needs of vulnerable schoolchildren, whose education has been most effected by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be updating …

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Explainer: Special Classes & Schools

July Provision

In November, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published policy advice on special classes and schools. The advice came after a consultation process where the NCSE engaged with professionals and families about the provision of special education for pupils with additional needs (including those on the autism spectrum). Several changes to current policy were …

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AsIAm’s Response to Minister McHugh’s South Dublin Statement

  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the Minister for Education and Skill’s, Joe McHugh, calls for primary schools in South Dublin to engage with his Department in increasing the number of appropriate school places for autistic children. In April, AsIAm published “Invisible Children” documenting the cases of 313 autistic children who did not …

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AsIAm CEO Addresses Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions on Mandatory Teacher Training

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Last Wednesday 19th June AsIAm Founder and CEO Adam Harris addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions in a discussion on Mandatory Teacher Training on Spectrum Disorders, sharing insight on experiences of autistic students and parents in the education system, the need for universal design in teacher training and in schools, and recommendations for meaningful …

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AsIAm CEO Addresses Oireachtas Joint Committee Consultation on Reduced Timetables

Today AsIAm’s Founder and CEO Adam Harris addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills Consultation on Reduced Timetables on our work on this issue, relevant findings from our Invisible Children report on school absence in the autism community, and AsIAm’s recommendations for helping autistic students and their families affected by reduced timetables. You …

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Minister for Education Reminds Schools of Obligations to Students with SEN Following Enough Is Enough Protest

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Yesterday Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD published a statement reminding schools and patrons nationwide of their responsibilities under admissions laws to provide specialist school places for children and young people with special needs. This statement came just a few hours after the morning’s protest by nationwide campaign group Enough Is Enough – Every Voice …

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