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Webinar: Accessing Healthcare under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the second of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at healthcare on Wednesday 3rd March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Webinar: Accessing Education under the UNCRPD in Ireland

Welcome to the first of two webinars we’re hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We’ll be looking at education on Monday 1st March from 19:00 – 21:00. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Alistair de Gaetano, Chair of Malta’s Autism Advisory Council and a human …

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Call for Submissions: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Shadow Report

AsIAm are gathering submissions from the autism community on their experiences of accessing services and exercising their rights. This is to feed into a Shadow Report which will factor into Ireland’s first report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with …

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Autism Community appeals for greater understanding and support in 2021

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Survey by National Autism Charity reveals high levels of structural inequality and discrimination 74% believe the government does not take a coordinated approach to supporting autistic people   14th December 2020 Ireland’s National Autism Charity AsIAm has made a Christmas appeal for funds, revealing results of a survey showing the greatest barrier autistic people face is lack …

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Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19

•   41% of families state their child’s needs more support •   22% of families state their child’s access to an SNA was reduced •   Hugh majority of parents want school provision for those with additional needs in the event of another lockdown A survey conducted by three of the leading disability advocacy organisations in the …

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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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