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Autistic Pride Part 2

We now move onto part two of the Autistic Pride Online coverage. Thank you for bearing with us. Condensing eleven hours into a readable format is no picnic! Mark Blake:Co-Founder and President of the Autistic League was next. The Autism League is a collaboration between writers, filmmakers, photographers, social media talent and activists with the …

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Autistic Pride 2020 Part One

We hope you all enjoyed celebrating Autistic Pride 2020, especially our friends at Autistic Paddies. Given the length of Autistic Pride Alliance’s Online Celebration, coverage will be split into several parts. As mentioned in our previous piece on Pride, the event is independent of any organisation and exists solely as a community project. As such …

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Autism Charity welcomes Summer Education Programme

  “We now all need to work together to make sure that every child who is eligible can benefit from the scheme”   12h June 2020 AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed today’s Government’s announcement around a Summer Education Programme to support autistic students and those with other disabilities.   Typically autistic young people are …

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“I think many of the people put blame on themselves more than the college” Autism and Dropping Out of University

Between the sensory changes, new routines and demanding workloads, starting university can be especially challenging for students on the spectrum. Despite supports from Disability Services and Student Unions, students sometimes feel they have no option but to drop out. Dr. Eilidh Cage and Jack Howes (National Autistic Society) recently published a paper on this phenomenon. …

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Conor McDermott : Autism and Airports

Conor McDermott has recently completed a research project for his undergraduate in Occupational Therapy. The project is a survey based on interviews with three autistic adults about their experiences going to airports. The findings can be seen here. Tell me about how and why you settled on this topic for your research project The research …

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Explainer: Leaving Certificate Rules 2020

What’s a Calculated Grade? Calculated grades are grades which are based on how an individual pupil is expected to perform in an exam, as well as how past pupils from the same school have performed previously. How are they calculated?  They are scored using statistics gathered across a period of time during a two-step process. …

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AsIAm’s Open Letter to the Party Leaders

AsIAm has written to the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party to stress the importance of an Autism Empowerment Strategy’s inclusion in the next Programme for Government. Speaking today, AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “As we enter the formal phase of negotiations, it’s absolutely vital that manifesto commitments to legisliate for …

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Hannah O’Dwyer: Resources for Learning at Home

Many young students across the country have had their education massively impacted by the COVID19. While the future remains uncertain in the short term for end of year exams, there may be many young people across the country eager to continue a routine. For this reason we’ve compiled a handy list of resources to aid …

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An Garda Síochána and An Post Announce New Supports during COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the Gardaí Síochána and An Post have pledged supports to the most vulnerable members of society, including those with additional needs. Deputy Commissioner Twomey remarks “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.  An Garda Síochána has always …

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