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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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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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Fota Wildlife Park recognised for commitment to autism inclusion

The attraction has been accredited by National Autism Charity as an example of best practise in accessibility   Monday 26th August: Fota Wildlife Park, one of the country’s leading family attractions, yesterday received Autism-Friendly Accreditation from AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity. The award comes following a period of training and the development of tools and …

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Community Voices: Autism and Bullying

Hello all. If you haven’t seen our previous interview with Neil Kenny, I’d recommend checking it out. I was inspired to do something on bullying and autism due to the tragic suicide of Joel Langford. As well as expert insight such as Kenny’s, I wanted to demonstrate more personal accounts which stress the impact bullying …

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AsIAm Condemns Cut to Rehabilitative Training Allowance

AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism charity, has condemned the Health Service Executive’s decision to cut the Rehabilitative Training (RT) allowance. The allowance, currently paid out at €31.80 per week, is available to school-leavers with a disability who take part in training programmes. These aim to support students’ progression to further education and employment. The €31.80 is …

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Explainer: New Rules for Irish Language Exemptions

The Minister for Education and Skills announced a rehaul of the criteria for granting exemptions from studying Irish earlier this week. The new rules for the exemptions will be in place for the new school year in September of this year. A public consultation was organised by the Department on the issue. Individuals from across …

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Limerick Launches First Autism Friendly Intreo Office

July saw the launch of Ireland’s first autism friendly Intreo Office. Intreo Offices, a crucial part of DEASP (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) services, are the first point of contact for anyone wishing to avail of the department’s assistance. Denise Houlihan is the organiser of the DEASP  Limerick Autism Initiative: which promises to …

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Our Work With Playstival

We at AsIAm can’t wait for Playstival in three days time. Having worked with them since January we’re very excited to see our collaboration come to life! Here is All You Need to Know About The Weekend It will take place from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th, 9-6 both days in Airfield Estate, Dundrum. The festival will …

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AsIAm and Supervalu’s Corporate Charity Partnership Earns Award

Coming ahead of some stiff competition, AsIAm and Supervalu have won the Corporate Charity Partnership of the Year award. AsIAm and SuperValu have a strong partnership in supporting communities to become autism-friendly. Our partnership has seen the roll-out of Autism-Friendly Shopping in over 100 SuperValu stores across Ireland. This is supplemented with  the development of …

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