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AsIAm Condemns the ‘Pick & Choose’ Approach to Meeting Students’ Needs from the ASTI & TUI

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Sign our petition calling for the ASTI & TUI to revise their advice here!   AsIAm, Ireland’s largest autism charity, has today condemned the Association of Second Level Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) for its advice to members, issued yesterday, to refuse to participate in or implement Individual Education Plans (IEP) or Student Support Files (SSF). …

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Our Week Online – 25/11/2018

Welcome to Our Week Online, a round up of autism and disability related news around the world, around the internet. Autistic cartoonist and comedian Aoife Dooley talked to Shemazing about her recent ASD diagnosis, her new animated comedy series Your One Nikita coming to RTE Player, and her exciting career! A fascinating feature in Spectrum …

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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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BUY YOUR COPY: Mary Immaculate publishes a handbook for educators – “Autism from the Inside Out”

AsIAm would like to thank Dr Emer Ring and her colleagues from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)’s Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies for their contributions to our #BackToRoutine series this month. We would also like to thank them for their considerable generosity in donating all proceeds from their new book, ‘Autism from the Inside …

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Aisling Foran: Listening & Social Groups

WHAT IS THE TRIPLE A ALLIANCE? Triple A Alliance was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who wanted to help establish an autism unit in the local secondary school. It’s grown into a registered charity, which supports over 450 families on the east coast area, stretching from Wicklow town to south Dublin. …

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Make Your Club Autism-Friendly

Awareness about autism has increased among society in recent years. This is a positive development, but there’s far more to being aware about the condition than just knowing some of its main traits. Successful autism awareness is about actively including and supporting autistic people within local communities. Isolation is a daily reality for many living …

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Creating a Quiet Space

Sensory rooms or quiet spaces are designated areas where autistic people can use to stim or retreat to when feeling overstimulated. The space itself is designed to aid in a person’s key life skills, chiefly with their communication, coordination, self-organisation and sensory-management. Autistic children often make use of such facilities in their schools, but they …

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Create a “Social story” for your business or organisation

Social stories are short guides of a particular situation, event or activity. They include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. Day 14 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about supporting autistic people to prepare for social situations by creating “a social story”. Autistic people often find it challenging to read social situations or …

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#Day 13 Making Written Communication Clear

Day#13 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about using Plain English when communicating. We often think of autism’s major difficulties with communication and language as an almost exclusively childhood problem that is eventually resolved. It’s true that many on the spectrum do learn social skills as they mature, enabling them to make friends and build positive relationships …

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Making Your Organisation Sensory-Friendly

Day#12 of our #AsIAmChallenge is about being aware of people’s sensory needs. Autistic individual’s brains often struggle to process the information we receive about our surroundings from our senses. If there is too much stimulation, it can cause serious anxiety and even meltdowns. By being aware of one another’s needs however, we can all make …

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