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# autism - Thursday 27 August, 2020

'Anxiety levels in my house are through the roof': Major challenge ahead for parents of children with ASD

Against the backdrop of Covid-19, parents worry how their children with special needs will cope with school this year.

# autism - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'

‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’

# autism - Thursday 13 August, 2020

New research highlights long-term impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children with autism

The report highlights a decline in children’s abilities and skills since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.

# autism - Thursday 2 April, 2020

'Routine and structure has vanished': Autism community appeals for public support as it copes with Covid-19 crisis

AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said: “More than most, more than ever, we need your support now.”

# autism - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Opinion: 'We battled to have our son's autism diagnosed - how might the delay have affected him?'

Mother’s six-year struggle of appeals, complaints and a High Court case to get her son the help he needed.

# autism - Friday 21 February, 2020

Three-quarters of children with autism not getting needs met in public system

Some families are going into debt because of their child’s condition – one to the tune of €150,000.

# autism - Saturday 1 February, 2020

'I hope the candidates are listening': Anger in Firhouse as parents plead for more autism supports

Firhouse Educate Together National School held a public meeting with several politicians in attendance.

# autism - Thursday 30 January, 2020

Fine Gael stands by Catherine Noone and she can do whatever interview she likes, says Donohoe

Noone said the Taoiseach is a “very good politician”, but said she had no doubt he is “on the spectrum”.

# autism - Wednesday 29 January, 2020

Simon Coveney apologises for Noone's comments: 'They were offensive, ignorant and wrong'

Noone is now writing to autism support organisations.

# autism - Tuesday 28 January, 2020

'Good enough for me': Varadkar says he accepts apology from FG senator who described him as 'autistic'

Catherine Noone released a statement this morning apologising for the remarks and saying she withdrew them.

# autism - Thursday 9 January, 2020

This wristband subtly alerts teachers when a student with Autism is feeling overwhelmed

The project is on display at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition this week.

# autism - Monday 25 November, 2019

Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs

The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags and digital display panels.

# autism - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Mother who smothered daughter with pillow found not guilty by reason of insanity

The jury spent 54 minutes deliberating today before delivering a unanimous verdict.

Woman who smothered her daughter was suffering from severe depression with psychotic features, court hears

The woman had a ‘fixed, false and psychotic view’ of her child’s autistic condition, the trial was told.

# autism - Monday 14 October, 2019

'Until now people have been expecting these kids to adapt - but why should they adapt?'

Just because a child has autism or has neuro-diverse needs, it doesn’t mean they can’t be encouraged to be artistic, as these experts show.

# autism - Monday 7 October, 2019

Changes to summer scheme for children with disabilities to be considered after High Court cases

The scheme provides funding towards extra schooling in July for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or severe learning disability.

# autism - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.

# autism - Friday 13 September, 2019

High Court quashes decision to expel teenage boy with autism from secondary school

The teen was alleged to have engaged in “unpredictable, aggressive and violent behaviour in the school”.

# autism - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September

Last month the Department of Education served statutory notices on 18 schools and two patrol bodies in the Dublin 15 area urging them to make additional provision.

# autism - 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.

# autism - Monday 8 April, 2019

Some autistic children 'unable to attend school' due to lack of supports

Some 33% of parents said they were waiting one to two years for a place to become available.

# autism - Thursday 7 February, 2019

From The Daily Edge The importance of #RileysChallenge, and how it almost got taken off Instagram Riley's Challenge

The importance of #RileysChallenge, and how it almost got taken off Instagram

Now’s your chance to learn Lámh.

# autism - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Opinion: Teaching unions' stance on education plans for students with disabilities sets a worrying precedent

I believe that the unions are targeting industrial action at a minority and that this sets a worrying precedent for all minority groups, writes Adam Harris.

# autism - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

This futuristic pod is making college life easier for students with autism

The sensory pod helps students take a break away from the hustle and bustle of college life.

# autism - Monday 24 December, 2018

Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: Christmas can be a nightmare of anxiety for children with autism

The wish for all families is that they have their perfect Christmas but that may mean adjusting expectations to find what works in a family with autism, writes Tara Matthews.

# autism - Friday 7 December, 2018

Anti-vaccination myths can have devastating impacts on uptake rates, Harris warns EU

There has been an increase in HPV uptake rates to 65% in 2018.

# autism - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Short home movies of children can be used to diagnose autism, study finds

“Home videos catches the child in his or her natural environment,” researchers said.

# autism - Saturday 3 November, 2018

This Santa's grotto is being adapted for an Autism-friendly experience for children

Winterval is hosting an Autism-friendly evening on 13 December at the Old Postal Sorting Centre in Waterford.

# autism - Friday 26 October, 2018

Dublin mother concerned about son's regression as Autism unit closes due to school building defects

“This could have a knock-on effect for months. Regression is a real possibility.” Olga Morgan is concerned about her son, Andy.

# autism - Monday 27 August, 2018

School launches High Court challenge over decision requiring it to enrol boy with autism

The student involved cannot be identified for legal reasons.

'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.

# autism - Thursday 23 August, 2018

Bus Éireann in €5k payout over subcontractor who wouldn't let boy with autism eat toast in taxi

The taxi driver changed the routine after he bought a new car.

# autism - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Clonakilty wants to become Ireland's first autism-friendly town

We’ve heard of autism-friendly shops, but a new initiative goes even further.

# autism - Sunday 29 April, 2018

'You're an incapable mother. Your child shouldn't be allowed out'

An Autism charity hopes to dispel myths about the disorder by training shops and businesses how to deal with children who have autism.

# autism - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

From The Daily Edge Paddy McGuinness told parents of children with autism not to give up hopes of having a family holiday Paddy Mcguinness

Paddy McGuinness told parents of children with autism not to give up hopes of having a family holiday

Paddy’s four-year-old twins Penelope and Leo both have autism.

# autism - Saturday 31 March, 2018

'I’ve been that soldier, where people are tutting and rolling their eyes' Life With Autism This post contains videos

'I’ve been that soldier, where people are tutting and rolling their eyes'

Autism-friendly events are helping families have less stressful experiences at shops and cinemas.

# autism - Friday 23 March, 2018

Lidl Ireland apologises to mum and son who were told to leave store with autism assistance dog

The supermarket chain announced a major autism-awareness initiative earlier this week.

# autism - Monday 19 February, 2018

New blood and urine tests can indicate autism in children earlier

The “first of their kind” tests measure damage to proteins that can be an early indicator of autism.

# autism - Sunday 3 December, 2017

Trolleys like this can help shoppers with autism. They're being introduced by SuperValu Visual Guide This post contains videos

Trolleys like this can help shoppers with autism. They're being introduced by SuperValu

They’re being brought in as part of a wider initiative to support shoppers with autism and their families.

# autism - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Fees at centre for residents with autism to be probed over concerns about 'unknown criteria'

An inspection report found fees were still being paid into the account of a service provider that had its registration cancelled a year beforehand.

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