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# Autism

This year
Minister for Disabilities launches public transport initiative for people with autism
Minister for State Anne Rabbitte said she ‘expects ministers to have a very open door’ for her when she seeks a disability package in the next budget.
Government could reimburse parents who go private to assess children’s needs, Dáil told
The Taoiseach said the proposal was being assessed in response to questions from the Labour Party.
Call for families to take part in first national study on autistic children's school experiences
The project aims to improve educational policy and practices for autistic children across Ireland.
'It’s been a bit of a journey' - James McClean diagnosed with autism
The Ireland international hopes to inspire others by sharing the news.
'It’s been a bit of a journey' - James McClean diagnosed with autism
The Ireland international hopes to inspire others by sharing the news.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why is it so tough to access autism services?
Reporter Niall Sargent and expert Eleanor McSherry tell Susan Daly about chronic delays in autism assessments and services for children.
‘Shouting into a black hole’: Chronic delays to autism services failing children
A report by
Niall Sargent
Families left in limbo as hundreds of vacancies in HSE teams impact capacity to provide autism support.
Noteworthy investigates multi-year waiting lists for therapy and the devastating impacts on families
Over 700 vacancies remain across the 91 teams responsible for providing autism services
Expert: "The reality is the system is broken"
Calls for redress scheme for children affected by drug that caused birth defects
A report by
Jane Moore
One solicitor told The Journal there will be “at least a decade” of litigation over sodium valproate unless a redress scheme is set up.
Last year
Family 'devastated' that school for children with autism not ready for September opening
Gillian and Darren Milne appeared on RTÉ’s Prime Time to speak about their experience.
TD ‘beyond embarrassed’ by lack of action on services for autistic children
The Oireachtas Committee on Autism met this morning to discuss autism policy.
Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly
The legislation was announced this afternoon by Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan.
Colleges to get €3 million euro a year to support students with autism
Funding will start to be rolled out next year to approved projects.
Autism charity calls for immediate clarity on proposed 'special education centres'
Speaking this morning, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said the proposal “won’t fly” with the public.
Government urged to confirm 'special education centres' no longer being considered
The proposal was met with backlash from parents and campaigners last week.
'Ten steps backwards': Govt proposal to open 'special educational needs centres' met with criticism
Five centres are set to open in Dublin in September as an “interim” solution for children without a special class place in school.
All time
Allegations of department gathering dossiers on children with autism 'extremely concerning', says Paul Reid
Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the health service, said the HSE boss.
'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.
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.’
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.
'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.”
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.
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.
'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.
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”.
Simon Coveney apologises for Noone's comments: 'They were offensive, ignorant and wrong'
Noone is now writing to autism support organisations.
'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.
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.
Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs
The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags and digital display panels.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
The importance of #RileysChallenge, and how it almost got taken off Instagram
Now’s your chance to learn Lámh.
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.
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.