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

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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AsIAm to Join Enough Is Enough Protest on Lack of School Places for Autistic Students at Leinster House

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In light of the recent publication of our Invisible Children report on School Absence and Withdrawal among autistic children in Ireland, and the lack of engagement from the Department of Education and Skills on this matter and on barriers to education for autistic students, we are excited to support the Enough is Enough – Every …

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Our Week Online – 21/4/2019

Welcome to Our Week Online. Happy Easter, and Bank Holiday Weekend! If you need a break away from your loved ones for a few minutes during the festivities (we all do at some point), we’ve got you covered. In the UK, an autistic teenage girl has spent almost the last three months in school in …

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Explainer: What Happened in Senator Devine’s Commencement Matter on SEN Schools Provision in the Seanad?

On Thursday morning, Senator Máire Devine submitted a Commencement Matter to Seanad Éireann on the lack of provision of school places for autistic children. She also cited our Invisible Children report on School Absences and Withdrawals in Ireland’s Autism Community, launched this week. The Minister answering was Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State at the Department of …

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So You Want to Celebrate World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month! That means many people will be talking about autism in the media, in government, and in your community. Some people might use the colour blue at autism-related events, like “Light It Up Blue” or blue ribbons. Some people might use symbols of puzzle pieces (from a jigsaw) in posts about …

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Our Week Online – 7/4/2019

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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Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools 2019

Calling all schools, teachers, and educators! April is World Autism Month, and we have developed an online Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to use, to increase acceptance and understanding of autism in the school community. The pack includes resources such as videos, worksheets, posters, and activities for your class and school. If you …

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Charlie Silke – My Experience With TY So Far

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Transition Year can be an interesting time for people on the autism spectrum. The free curriculum can offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery, whilst the lack of structure can prove difficult for many. Charlie Silke is a Transition Year student on the spectrum, and he’s written about his experiences in Transition Year so far. In …

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Advice on Education Plans ~ AsIAm Explains

In December of last year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) advised their members against drafting and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – and any similar initiatives – rejecting “the imposition of a special education needs model which takes no account of the time, workload and practical implications …

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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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