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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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AsIAm’s Response to Minister McHugh’s South Dublin Statement

  AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the Minister for Education and Skill’s, Joe McHugh, calls for primary schools in South Dublin to engage with his Department in increasing the number of appropriate school places for autistic children. In April, AsIAm published “Invisible Children” documenting the cases of 313 autistic children who did not …

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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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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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School and Autism – My Experience: Lauren Martin

August; and it seems as if I have only grown accustomed to the structure deficient summer days. The new academic year approaches too quickly, and nothing but my anxiety can keep up. I am entering sixth year, my final year of second level education, for the second time. For the past fifteen years, this system …

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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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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 were invited …

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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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