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Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

  Plan provides an important roadmap which now must be backed up with targets, investment and action   Thursday 24th September AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the publication today of priorities for action to reform special education provision in Ireland. The priorities, published by Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Special Education and …

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Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds 77% of families feel their child returning to school will need more support, but less than half believe they will receive it   Face masks and social distancing a major challenge for autistic students   Most autistic students experiencing anxiety about the return to school  …

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Assistive Technology Passport: A Promising New System

Assistive Technology Passport; The Qualitative Research study  In 2016,  Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)  published a discussion  paper on the state of the Assistive Technology (AT) ecosystem in Ireland. Among the recommendations contained in the paper was the establishment of an AT central coordinating agency with the responsibility of coordinating a …

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FAQs about July Provision / Summer Education Programme 2020

The Department of Education and Skills recently announced a new version of July Provision for 2020. This new scheme, also known as the Summer Education Programme, seeks to broaden its scope, so as it can meet the needs of vulnerable schoolchildren, whose education has been most effected by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be updating …

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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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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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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: Jody O’Neill and Dónal Gallagher

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism will shortly begin its run in the Peacock stage in the Abbey. The play, containing a mix of autistic and neurotypical actors, contains a wild mix of characters and situations. It is intended to promote autism acceptance and celebrate autistic identity. I sat down with the play’s writer (and …

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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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