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Autism Siblings: Freya O’Horo and Her Blog!

Freya O’Horo is a Mayo native studying Social Care and Practice in Athlone Institute of Technology: Autism Siblings Ireland. Her younger brother Dian, is five years old and received an autism diagnosis at the age of five. “We knew something was up pretty quickly,” Freya remarks “he kept to himself quite a lot and had …

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Our Week Online 20/10/19

Hello and welcome to our week online. Firstly, this time last week Minister Simon Harris announced a €2 million campaign to ensure that parents and children have information about services available about autism. This news prompted mixed reactions. Some reacted favourably, citing Harris’ action against ‘scam treatments.’ Others argued that awareness is insufficient, arguing that …

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Autism and Education: Emigration Considered Due To Lack Of School Places

  Rebecca Hitchcock Martins is a Cork mother who was working in London she met her husband Hugo. Upon becoming pregnant with her son Charlie, the couple moved back to Ireland to give him the best chance possible. Charlie Hitchcock Martins received an autism diagnosis shortly before his third birthday. He is currently five years …

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Autism Behind the Wheel: Teaching Teens and Young Adults on the Spectrum to Drive- Carmen Adams

*Editor’s note: Carmen’s piece, though helpful, is written in an American context. Not all situations described in the piece may apply to Ireland* Driving is an important milestone in the lives of teenagers and young adults. No longer do they have to ask mom and dad for a ride to their friend’s houses. Now they …

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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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Autism Friendly Schools Pilot Project 2019/2020

AsIAm are excited to announce the launch the ‘Autism Friendly Schools Pilot Project 2019/2020,’ kindly funded by a grant from the Keith Duffy Foundation. This project aims to support schools in the provision of inclusive educational placements for autistic children and young people alongside specialist provision. This exciting new project will reaffirm good practice and …

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Autism and Higher Education: Steve Silberman and Dr. Magda Mostafa

AsIAm recently hosted an informal discussion for autism and higher education. The session began with Robert Ward welcoming staff and guests to the session. The event allowed a chance to ask further questions of both Steve Silberman and Dr. Magda Mostafa. The session was a discussion about higher education. Forgotten History of Autism Steve Silberman, …

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11 More Autism Friendly Towns Announced With SuperValu

AsIAm is happy to today announce an additional 11 towns on the journey to becoming autism-friendly. This will advance our national campaign in partnership with SuperValu. The towns include Clane, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town, New Ross, Skerries, Lucan, Castlebar, Mallow, Listowel and Tralee. In conjunction with the announcement, a survey we conducted showed that presently, …

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Community Voices: Ella Durrigan on Starting College

Autism vs First Year of college May 2019: I have just finished my summer exams. I had dropped out of college twice before and this was third time lucky. I had finally completed the first year of a degree in Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations in Dundalk IT, a course with a mixture of academic, creative and technology skills …

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