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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

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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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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How Can I Apply for a Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has just completed a review of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme in Ireland, and is available for download from their website. The role of an SNA is to support a child who has special educational needs who may struggle to take part in school activities with. These …

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NCSE’s Review of Special Needs Assistants Explained

This week, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) launched its review into the Special Needs Assistants (SNA) Scheme. Speaking at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, NSCE Executive Teresa Griffin outlined a number of changes to the present model to an assembly of educators, professionals and charities from across the country.    Over …

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AsIAm National Autism Conference 2018: “Building Inclusive Communities”

We are delighted to make the tickets available for our 3rd Annual AsIAm National Autism Conference which takes place on Saturday 20th October in The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year we will explore the theme of Building Inclusive Communities and we are excited to be partnering with Ireland’s first autism-friendly retailer, Supervalu, as our Conference sponsor.  We …

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