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Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

  Plan provides an important roadmap which now must be backed up with targets, investment and action   Thursday 24th September AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the publication today of priorities for action to reform special education provision in Ireland. The priorities, published by Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Special Education and …

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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: Inspectorate Report on Educational Provisions for Autistic Learners in Irish Schools

A landmark report on the special educational provisions for autistic learners in Irish schools has recently been published by the Department of Education and Skills. The report, written by the Inspectorate, raises several issues which AsIAm has consistently raised throughout our campaigns, as well as during our engagements with the Minister for Education and his …

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Explainer: Special Classes & Schools

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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Fighting Words Becoming Autism Friendly!

  Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Their activities range from story-telling workshops for primary and secondary school students to summer camps for children and teenagers on topics …

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AsIAm Spending Proposals for Budget 2020

AsIAm launched our spending proposals this week for Budget 2020, with a clear message to the Government that greater investment is crucial to deliver meaningful inclusion and accessibility to services for autistic people. Our proposals include autism-proofing public services and ensuring parity of access; building the autism community’s agency through proper State investment; and empowering …

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School and Autism – My Experience: Lauren Martin

August; and it seems as if I have only grown accustomed to the structure deficient summer days. The new academic year approaches too quickly, and nothing but my anxiety can keep up. I am entering sixth year, my final year of second level education, for the second time. For the past fifteen years, this system …

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AsIAm Condemns Cut to Rehabilitative Training Allowance

AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism charity, has condemned the Health Service Executive’s decision to cut the Rehabilitative Training (RT) allowance. The allowance, currently paid out at €31.80 per week, is available to school-leavers with a disability who take part in training programmes. These aim to support students’ progression to further education and employment. The €31.80 is …

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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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