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Adam Harris Appointed To HSE Programme Board

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AsIAm are pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Officer Adam Harris, will be joining the HSE Autism Programme Board at its next meeting on Monday 20th January. We have long sought for autistic voices and those of their families’ to be represented on the Board. AsIAm has been proactively campaigning for an Autism Empowerment …

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General Election 2020: We Need An Autism Empowerment Strategy

Ahead of General Election 2020, AsIAm has one message for every candidate and political party – that Ireland needs a nation-wide Autism Empowerment Strategy. Autism is a complex and invisible disability, with as many as one in 65 people around the country living with a diagnosis. Over the past two years, AsIAm have been gathering …

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Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: Adrian Carroll

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace When autistic people apply for jobs, a number of fears are present. Firstly, that having a condition like autism imposes a barrier to them in finding work. Secondly that there are further difficulties if they want to do their job to the same standard as their colleagues. These colleagues may …

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Hannah Gadsby, Gender and Autism

On June 20th of last year, Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette, debuted on Netflix. Since then, the comic’s life has been permanently altered. The special delved into the powerful and often painful topics of homophobia, sexual assault and comedy’s relationship with trauma. Her new show, Douglas, discusses her autism diagnosis alongside a host of other topics. …

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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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Community Support Events- Autism and Access to Healthcare

AsIAm in association with SuperValu recently hosted its latest community support seminar in Skerries. This seminar focused on the topic of Autism & Access to Healthcare. Our two presenters on the evening were Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig. Our first speaker, Dr Mary Doherty, MB BCh NUI FCARCSI,  is a Consultant …

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Rolling For Kindness AsIAm Stream Interview: Elijah and Michael

Roll For Kindness, a LGBT positive RPG group, will shortly host a stream for AsIAm. This weekend (30th-1st December), they will host an ambitious gaming stream.  Over six different Role Playing Games will play out, with numerous guests (both local and international) to raise funds for AsIAm. I sat down with co-founders Michael Conway and …

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Our Week Online- 24/11/2019

Welcome to our week online: we’ve been very busy preparing for our Christmas campaign, but a lot’s been happening outside us in the world of autism! This week has been quite active for celebrity news! Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davies reveals her autism diagnosis. She explains that her issues with alcohol abuse stemmed from social anxiety.  …

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National Gallery of Ireland Becoming Autism Friendly

Last week the National Gallery of Ireland became the first cultural institution in Ireland to receive Autism Friendly status. We sat down with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire and Brina Casey of the Gallery’s Access team to discuss this momentous occasion. What motivated you to seek Autism Friendly status? (Caomhán) Accreditation is about accessibility and making …

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