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# Autism

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# school places
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.
# Autism
TD ‘beyond embarrassed’ by lack of action on services for autistic children
The Oireachtas Committee on Autism met this morning to discuss autism policy.
# Education
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.
# Education
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.
# special education centres
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.
# Education
Government urged to confirm 'special education centres' no longer being considered
The proposal was met with backlash from parents and campaigners last week.
# Education
'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.
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# Autism
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.
# schools reopening
'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.’
# Special Needs
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.
# asiam
'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.
# Waiting for Therapy
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.
# ge2020
'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.
# Catherine Noone
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”.
# ge2020
Simon Coveney apologises for Noone's comments: 'They were offensive, ignorant and wrong'
Noone is now writing to autism support organisations.
# Catherine Noone
'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.
# btyse
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.
# Travel
Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs
The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags and digital display panels.
# Courts
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.
# Courts
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
'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.
# july provision
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.
# Home tuition
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.
# Courts
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”.
# Education
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.
# Education
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
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.
# riley's challenge
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.
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.
# Vaccines
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.
# Diagnostics
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.
# Waterford
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.
# Tyrrelstown
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.
# Courts
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.
# Disability
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.