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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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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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What is an Autism Strategy & What’s Happening Tomorrow with Sinn Féin’s Private Member’s Motion?

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Tomorrow evening, Sinn Féin will be submitting a Private Member’s Bill to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism to mark World Autism Day. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy. This Strategy will seek to assess current shortcomings from …

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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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Constructive Meeting between AsIAm & ASTI Representatives

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Representatives from both AsIAm and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) met last week to discuss the recent ASTI advice to their membership on the non-implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) / Student Support Files (SSFs) and other forms of individualised support. We felt it was a constructive dialogue for both parties involved as …

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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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Call Out: NCSE Consultations on Special Schools and Classes

Our survey on special schools and classes is now live and open to the public! If you’re a school pupil who’s autistic, family member of a child on the autistic spectrum or an educational professional with experience of special schools or classes, please fill out our survey.  What’s it for? The National Council for Special …

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What Strategies can I use for my Non-Verbal Child to ease their Transition?

All autistic children experience challenges in communication. While many might have an extensive amount of vocabulary, they may interpret what other people are saying differently and unless taught directly, may not understand non-verbal communication correctly. Children are often confused with every day language’s structure; for example, saying “Jane will do it” instead of “I will do …

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