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Special School Closure: A Timeline

Recent events have created a great deal of anxiety for children with special educational needs and their families. We at AsIAm understand it is hard to keep track of as the situation develops so rapidly. For this reason, we have created a timeline charting events from the beginning of the latest Covid-19 restrictions until now.       In the December, the Department of Education …

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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Government announcement on phased return to school for students with special educational needs

return to school for students with special educational needs

Announcement will come as a huge relief to children with SEN and their families Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed the announcement by Government today that they are targeting a return to school for primary students with …

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Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Fórsa announcement on resumption of in-school services on a phased basis

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 Announcement is positive signal – but remaining hurdles must be cleared urgently Four leading advocacy organisations representing students with additional needs and their carers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, AsIAm and Family Carers Ireland, have welcomed the announcement by Fórsa that they will advise SNAs to co-operate with the phased resumption of in-school services to …

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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

July Provision

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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