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# asd - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

High Court grants review of decision not to approve child with Down Syndrome for schooling scheme

The July Provision Scheme provides funding for extended schooling for children with ASD and severe/profound learning disability.

# asd - Monday 27 August, 2018

'Excitedly I rang the Dept of Education thinking our lack of funding must've been some oversight.'

Why doesn’t the government fund special classes for secondary school students with autism, asks Graham Manning.

# asd - Sunday 18 September, 2016

# asd - Monday 6 June, 2016

How a dip in a pool can help open up a new world for children with autism

Research shows that water therapy for children with autism can relax them, satisfying sensory needs, and making them more open to communicating with others and learning.

# asd - Sunday 29 May, 2016

Mother to wait 11 months for 'early intervention' appointment for daughter with autism

Waiting lists for occupational and speech therapy appointments are at breaking point around the country.

# asd - Friday 22 August, 2014

Column: Let’s make this school year better for people with autism

What can be done to support people with autism in mainstream education? Three words: awareness, dialogue and openness.

# asd - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Column: Misuse of isolation rooms shows how badly we're failing autistic children

With class sizes increasing and support services reduced, autistic children are not getting the education or the care they’re entitled to, writes Niamh Deane.

# asd - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Use of isolation rooms in schools to come under government scrutiny

In response to queries from this website, the Department of Education has confirmed they have requested that policy advice be developed.

# asd - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Blarney Castle goes blue for World Autism Day

The iconic building will remain blue for a week.

New study finds no link between vaccines and autism

A US study tries to dispel parents’ fears about ‘too many vaccines’.

# asd - Friday 8 March, 2013

Proposed Bill provides for first national strategy on autism ASD

Proposed Bill provides for first national strategy on autism

The Dáil will debate the proposed legislation today.

# asd - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

ANEW BRAIN scan could mean that the diagnosis of autism in adults could made within 15 minutes.

Conventional diagnosis techniques rely on observation and analysis of a person’s behaviour, which is usually a lengthy and expensive process.

Autism is a disability that affects the normal development of the brain and impacts a person’s ability to interact and communicate socially. Autism is a called a “spectrum” disorder because the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations. It affects mostly males.

Experts at King’s College London have developed the technology, which they hope will eventually replace techniques for diagnosis that are currently used by medical professionals. They have said that further research will be needed before the technique can be used in clinical practice.

Since the study has shown a 90% success rate in detecting ASD in adults, researchers are hoping that they might be able to extend the technique to diagnosing children as well.

The difficulty in diagnosing children means that young people often suffer delays in treatment, prolonging distress and reducing a person’s quality of life.

For more information go to Irish Autism Action.