Latest News

Rotary Club of Navan – Annual Golf Classic

Please support The Irish Society for Autism, by entering a team or sponsoring a hole in the Rotary Club of Navan’s Annual Golf Classic this July.

 

Golf Flyer

Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill 2017

Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill 2017

Congratulations to Senator James Reilly on the successful second reading of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill 2017.

Members of the Irish Society for Autism were in the Seanad gallery last night, Wednesday 17th May 2017, to support Senator Reilly and to hear tribute and support from his fellow senators from all parties. When this bill is finally passed it will give hope and security to all people with ASD and their families.

A great day for Senator Reilly and his family, a great day for the future of people with ASD. Ireland will at last fulfil the wishes expressed by the European Parliament when they approved the European Charter of Rights for People with Autism.

It points out that people with autism should have the same rights enjoyed by all EU citizens where such are appropriate and in the best interest of people with autism; these rights should be enhanced and enforced by appropriate legislation in each member state and include;

A. The right to live independently;
B. The right to representation and involvement as far as possible in decisions affecting their future;
C. The right to accessible and appropriate education, housing, assistance and support services;
D. The right to freedom from fear, threat and abusive treatment;

Dr. Pat Matthews.
Executive Director.
Irish Society for Autism.

For further information on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill 2017, please refer to the Oireactas website here.

 

Support us in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2017!

Mini Marathon Flyer 2017
Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
This year the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on bank holiday Monday the 5th of June. We are looking for women of all ages to WALK, JOG or RUN & have some fun to help us raise awareness and vital funds, to continue to provide information and support services to people with autism and their families. If you would like to take part, please fill in our registration form, or email fundraising@autism.ie.

The ASD Restricted & Repetitive Behaviours Research Survey

Professor Andrew Cashin, a Professor of Nursing at Southern Cross University, NSW Australia has just launched a survey related to restrictive and repetitive behaviours in school age people on the spectrum for parents and guardians to complete. The survey has been approved by the Southern Cross University Human ethics committee (approval ECN-16-249)

While central to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) restrictive and repetitive behaviours often change over time and increase and decrease in intensity.

This survey forms part of the process of developing this knowledge. The survey is for parents and or guardians of people with ASD engaged in some form of primary or secondary schooling (in the approximate age range of 6-18 years). This includes parents and guardians of people with the diagnosis of ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDDnos). The survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Answers can be saved and the survey completed at a later time if needed.

For any concerns related to the ethical conduct of this research please contact the chair of the human research ethics committee Southern Cross University ethics.lismore@scu.edu.au. For any questions related to the survey please contact Andrew on andrew.cashin@scu.edu.au.  The findings will form the basis of journal publications, conference presentations and future research plans. All published findings will not be identifiable to any single participant.

To take the survey visit http://tiny.cc/ASD_survey

Irish Society for Autism Statement

The Irish Society for Autism has been at the forefront of residential services for adults with Autism for over 30 years. We are a parent driven organisation, a not for profit society, who provided services where none existed. Our priority is and always has been the people in the service, their families and the staff.

The Irish Society for Autism has been experiencing some difficulty in achieving regulation with HIQA. These have been very challenging times for all concerned including our residents and staff, many of whom have been with us for a long time. The Irish Society for Autism welcomes the improvements in legislation and the introduction of standards in services for adults with Autism. Hopefully these standards will ensure a better quality of life for all people with disabilities in residential services.

We have entered in an agreement with the HSE to ensure the continuation of services for our residents. We are a small organisation and we believe that, in the long term, this decision is in the best interest of our residents.

We are very grateful to all for their commitment and perseverance during this difficult period.

Europe pass written declaration on Autism

unnamed

PRESS RELEASE
9 September 2015

The European Parliament passes a written declaration on autism

The adoption of the written declaration on autism, drafted in cooperation with Autism-Europe, was officially announced this week by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, during the opening of the plenary session in Strasbourg. 418 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed the Written Declaration, which calls on the European Union and its Member States to adopt a European strategy for autism.

MEP Nicola Caputo, first signatory of the written declaration, stressed the need to improve support for those affected by autism in the EU. “Despite the importance of early diagnosis to provide adequate support and education, early detection is still lacking across Europe. This is why I call upon the Commission and the Council to support accurate and early detection and diagnosis of children and adults with autism. Moreover we urgently need a European strategy which should aim at encouraging research on autism, prevalence studies and exchange of best practices regarding evidence-based interventions for children with autism, as well as habilitation services for adults”, MEP Caputo said.

According to current data, one in every one hundred Europeans have autism, with prevalence rates on the rise. Autism often also has a profound effect on families, both emotionally and financially, due to the lack of support available across Europe. There is currently no cure for autism, but research has demonstrated that the best treatments are early and evidence-based therapies that aim to assist the person in developing skills to cope with their individual difficulties.

This is why early detection and diagnosis are crucial to improve the lives of Europeans with autism, followed by access to adapted education and lifelong appropriate support services specifically designed for the complexity of their needs. Unfortunately, this is currently lacking in most of the countries across Europe.

A written declaration of the European Parliament is a principled document that gives direction to the institutions of the European Union and EU Member States. For example, in 1996, the European Parliament adopted a written declaration called the ‘Charter for Persons with Autism’, which was drafted by Autism-Europe. Many Autism-Europe members have used this charter to advocate for improvements in support for people with autism at national level.

A conference in the European Parliament as a next step

Following the endorsement by 418 MEPs of the written declaration on autism, a conference will be held in the European Parliament. Autism Europe, with support from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, invites researchers, practitioners, autistic individuals and other interested parties to participate in the conference “Moving forward for the adoption of a European Strategy for autism in Europe”.

The event will be hosted on 29 September 2015 from 09.00 to 12.00 in room ASP 5E2 of the EP in Brussels. It will be co-chaired by MEP Nicola Caputo and MEP Marek Plura (co-signatory and co-President of the disability intergroup).

The panel will involve autism representatives and experts, as well as key representatives from the European commission.

Autism-Europe aisbl is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of people with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life. It ensures effective liaison among more than 80 member associations of parents of people with autism in more than 30 European countries, including more than 20 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions.

Autism is a complex disorder that affects the brain. It impairs an individual’s social and communication abilities and often causes them to display unusual or repetitive behaviours. Currently, around one in every one hundred children in the European Union are diagnosed with autism.

For more information and interviews, please do not hesitate to contact Aurélie Baranger, Director of Autism-Europe, in Brussels. Tel: +32 (0)2 675 75 05 Email: aurelie.baranger@autismeurope.org . For more information on the conference and to register go to: www.autismeurope.org #AutismDay2015

Published with the support of the European Commission. The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of the European Commission.

PDF version of press release

Research Study

schoolboy with open book on white background. Isolated 3D imageOPINIONS OF PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WITH NEURODEVELOPMENTAL AND GENETIC DISORDERS

Please read below information regarding research survey which you may wish to participate in –

Niamh McDevitt is a researcher with Trinity College Dublin’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders research group.  She is currently running a study that focuses on the opinions of parents with children with neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders.  The hope for this research is that parents and researchers can work towards more focused and beneficial goals for these children.

If you wish to participate in this research study please follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W5JKLDH

Research Study

Research StudyTHE IMPACT OF PARENTAL WELL-BEING ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in –

Brian Whyte as part of his Masters Degree in Applied Psychology in University College Cork is conducting a research study to examine the impact of parental well-being on the quality of life of children and young adults with autism.  It is hoped that by understanding this impact, it will be possible to feed into the development of new interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of children and young adults with autism.

He is looking for parents of children or teenagers with Autism between the ages of 2 to 18 years to complete a short survey.  If you wish to participate in this research please follow this link http://goo.gl/forms/DKlzagH2KD

‘Smile’ Charity Single for World Autism Awareness Day

StarcampWith World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) approaching, we would like you all to support Aideen O’Grady with Starcamp (www.starcamp.ie).  Starcamp have recorded a charity single called ‘Smile’ with all proceeds raised going to The Irish Society for Autism.  Please check out the link to hear the song http://starcamp.ie/child-line-single-zog-chorus/ we would greatly appreciate your support.

Research Study

HOW ADOLESCENTS WITH HIGH FUNCTIONING ASD AND ASPERGER SYNDROME EXPERIENCE ANXIETY, STRESS AND WORRY

Please read below information regarding research which you may wish to participate in –

Bronagh Flynn from the School of Psychology in Trinity College, Dublin is conducting a research project to explore how adolescents with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome experience anxiety, stress and worry.  The study can take place wherever is most convenient for participants.

If you wish to participate or get further information about this research please contact Bronagh at flynnb1@tcd.ie or telephone 01-8962934.

 

World Autism Awareness Day 2015

Text to Donate Pic 13.03.15April 2nd was declared World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by the United Nations. We want to create awareness and also generate funds to improve the lives of people with Autism. Please support our World Autism Awareness Day Campaign and donate today!

Text WAAD to 50300 to donate €2 to The Irish Society for Autism

100% of your donation goes to The Irish Society for Autism across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to The Irish Society for Autism.  Service Provider: LIKECHARITY Helpline: 0766805278.

Research Study

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE POSITIVE COPING STRATEGIES USED BY MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHEN DEALING WITH STRESS

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in –

Charlene Jordan is conducting Undergraduate Research at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown as part of her BA Honours Degree in Social Care. If you wish to participate in this research please follow the link to obtain more information – https://www.surveyplanet.com/54e362fa880b239f43890ecb

Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2015

Vhi Women's Mini Marathon Logo 12.01.15Have you chosen a charity to benefit from your efforts from the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon yet? Maybe you would consider the Irish Society for Autism. Your support will make a HUGE difference to people living with Autism.

If you would like more information please contact us at 01 874 4684 or fundraising@autism.ie.

Research Study

EXPLORING EFFECTS SENSORY RELATED BEHAVIOURS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD ON FAMILY OCCUPATIONS

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in –

Ciara Crowley and Aisling Whelan, Occupational Therapy Students from University College Cork are conducting a research project to explore, identify and record how the sensory related behaviours of a child with ASD can affect a family and their typical daily activities. The study will help Occupational Therapists better understand the experiences of families with children with ASD.

If you wish to participate in this research please follow the link to obtain more information -https://docs.google.com/a/umail.ucc.ie/document/d/1-Vb63NpkaltyC8AFOJ5MQZSiIIitAC1VotSRcv0lP8Q/edit

Christmas Wishes

Xmas Image

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015!

From all at The Irish Society for Autism.

Research Study

Research Study Research Study Entitled “The comparison of nutrient intakes and levels of abdominal pain or discomfort between adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and healthy controls”

Orla McLaughlin as part of a Master’s in Science Degree is currently running a study to identify and compare the nutrient intakes and levels of abdominal discomfort that exist between adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and healthy controls and to investigate if the consumption of certain foods are linked with increased symptoms of abdominal pain in adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As a parent/guardian of a child with ASD, your participation will contribute to a better understanding of dietary influencers and eating behaviours in Autism.  If you agree to participate on behalf of your child you will be asked to review and sign an informed consent form and complete the following on behalf of your child:

  • 3 day food diary
  • Buie Form (behaviours that may be markers of abdominal discomfort in children with ASD)
  • ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaulation Checklist) form

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please contact Orla at oral-mclaughlin@ac.cnem.co.uk mcdevitn@tcd.ie

Research

Research 2 Research into Parental Stress, Positive Coping Mechanisms and Satisfaction with Life in Parents of Children with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in –

Helena Giles, a final year psychology student in Dublin Business School is conducting a research questionnaire based on Parental Stress, Positive Coping Mechanisms & Satisfaction with Life in parents of children with & without A.S.D. The questionnaire will take 10 minutes approximately (40 questions, tick box answers) to complete. There are no right or wrong answers. All information is anonymous & confidential. Closing date for completion is January 5 2015.

If you wish to participate in this research please follow the link to obtain more information – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tcNg6j7I-QishhjNjJt5HPBSjknoUh1uxmNXCvOkPss/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Autism Recipe Book

Students from Athenry Vocational School have compiled a recipe book including recipes from famous people.

The aim of the book is to raise awareness of Autism in Post Primary schools and to promote inclusion in the community.

The recipe book will be launched next Thursday in Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

We wish everyone involved the very best with the recipe book.

Research

Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems or gastrointestinal symptoms?

Arlene Mannion, a phD student in the NUI, Galway is conducting a study with Dr. Geraldine Leader on gastrointestinal symptoms and sleep problems.

Some children with autism have both sleep problems and gastrointestinal symptoms, while other children have one of these issues or none at all.  The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research in the National University of Ireland is interested in hearing your experiences with your child or adolescent aged 3 to 17 years with autism.

Arlene is interested in understanding how sleep problems and gastrointestinal symptoms affect both child and parent. Even if your child doesn’t have sleep or gastrointestinal problems they can learn a lot from your information on why some children have these issues and others do not.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please contact click on the following link http://bit.ly/1sYrzpp

Research into Brain Activity in Children with an ASD

Niamh McDevitt is a neuroscientist that works as part of the Trinity Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Group. Niamh is currently running a study that looks at how Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) overlaps with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and is comparing these two disorders through behavioural measures and EEG.

The aim of this work is to be able to distinguish children with different developmental disorders from each other, as well as from typically developing children earlier than is now currently possible.

Niamh is looking for male and female participants aged 6-18 years with a diagnosis of ASD or FXS, as well as those unaffected by these disorders.

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please contact Niamh at mcdevitn@tcd.ie for more information.

The closing date for recruitment for this study is December 2015.

Stem Cell Research Project

Jamie Reilly and Veronica McInerney from NUI Galway are conducting a Stem Cell Research Project.  The researchers are collecting skin samples, which are then cultured and frozen for long term storage. The skin cells are then transformed into stem cells which they are interested in turning the stem cells into nerve cells.  These nerve cells can then be used to investigate the physical appearance and the genetics of cells between individuals with autistic and non-autistic individuals.

The goal of the project is to better understand autism and to test treatments that could alleviate negative aspects of autism and autism like syndromes (this could include hypersensitivity to stimuli like sound and taste, epilepsy, inhibited cognitive and motor skills and increased anxiety to name a few).

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please contact veronica.mcinerney@nuigalway.ie

ICEP Europe Courses

ICEPAt ICEP Europe we offer a range of CPD and University Accredited courses in Special Educational Needs. Specialties covered include Autism, Aspergers, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Down Syndrome and many more.

Our courses are designed for both parents and professionals to find out more please visit www.icep.eu or email info@icep.eu.

Thank You – Monica Foy

May/June 2014 – A big Thank You to Monica Foy from Monaghan who took on the challenge of ‘El Camino De Santiago’ on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism. What a super achievement for Monica. She raised a great amount for the society. Again many thanks Monica!

Good Luck

thank you noteGood Luck to all the lovely ladies taking part in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, especially those raising much needed funds for The Irish Society for Autism.

Autism Parent Support Meeting

THE METHODIST CHURCH, LR ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1.

Thursday 1st May 2014 at 11.00 a.m.

For further details and directions, please contact us on 01-874 4684/admin@autism.ie

Meeting Co-ordinator – Denis Sexton.

Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

Pink RunnersATTENTION LADIES ….
If you have registered for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon and haven’t yet chosen a charity to benefit from your efforts, please consider the Irish Society for Autism. Your support will make a HUGE difference to people living with Autism.

The Mini Marathon takes place on Monday 2nd June at 2 p.m. If you would like more information please contact us on 01 874 4684 or fundraising@autism.ie.

Pre-opening Centre of Excellence

Pre-opening centre of Excellence for People with Autism in Kerry, 2nd April 2014 – World Autism Awareness Day.

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action.

To mark and celebrate the day the Irish Society for Autism is calling on the Minister for Health, James Reilly to demonstrate the Government’s commitment to all people on the Autism spectrum by moving forward with the Autism Bill; a strategy which is vital to protect and enhance the lives of children and adults with Autism in Ireland.

The incidence of Autism is now generally accepted to be 1 in 100, which is a dramatic increase from the rate of 1 in 2,000 in the eighties. Despite this, Ireland still does not have an Autism strategy or an Autism Bill.

The Autism Bill, introduced to the Dáil last year by Labour TD Michael McCarthy, is a piece of legislation which will put an obligation on the State to provide services for adults living with ASD. The advancement of this legislation will mean that future governments, regardless of their complexion or hue, will have to meet the needs of people with autism and ensure a more equal delivery of services across the country, be that an educational, health, housing, economic or social service.

The Irish Society for Autism is now very concerned about the very slow progress being made to advance and implement this strategy. Specific Autism strategies exist across the other Celtic nation countries i.e. Wales, Scotland and, more recently, Northern Ireland. The Cross Party Autism Strategy (2013 to 2020) and the Autism Action Plan (2013 – 2016) was recently published by the Northern Health Minister Edwin Poots. The Northern Ireland strategy and action plan includes: an Autism Awareness campaign; planned improvements in accessibility to goods and services; Support families living with Autism, including more access to information about support and services available; and the establishment of a multi-agency autism advice service pilot in the Northern Ireland and Social Care Trust.

Ireland cannot afford now to fall further behind in implementing a similar strategy. For too long, people with autism have faced barriers in terms of consistent access to services, a societal misunderstanding of the condition and historic under-funding of the sector. A national autism strategy will break down those barriers and disintegrate the stigma around the condition so that people with autism can lead fulfilling, independent lives and have their rights recognised in legislation.

On 8 March 2013, politicians from every party stood up in support of this legislation and it is vital now that we keep up the momentum to ensure that there is a cross-party movement to improve and enhance the lives of people with autism in Ireland.

Research

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research in the National University of Ireland, Galway is conducting the following research projects.  If you are interested in further information or participating in these research projects please click on the links attached.

Does your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder have behaviour problems? http://bit.ly/1cxwtao

Toilet training your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
http://bit.ly/1iAthgS

Feeding your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
http://bit.ly/1qvVlTL

Research

Investigating Fears in Children between 1 and 16 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their age matched Peers. Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in – Patricia Barber, a psychology student from N.U.I. Galway is conducting a research study investigating fears in children between 1 and 16 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their age matched peers.

As well as investigating fears in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, she is interested in finding out about the interventions employed to treat these fears and understanding the range of fears and associated interventions commons in children with ASD.

Patricia is looking to recruit parents of children with ASD aged between 1 to 16 years. No identification of children or their families is required when participating in this study and parents will not be contacted again.  Parents are invited to email Patricia at a.barber@nuigalway.ie if they wish to receive the overall results of the study. Participation requires completing questionnaires.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please follow the link http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1540620/NUIG-Undergraduate-Final-Year-Research

Research

The prevalence of toileting problems in children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in – Kady Francis, a Psychology student from the National University of Galway is conducting a research study into the prevalence of toileting problems in children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kady is looking to recruit parents of children with ASD aged between 4 to 17 years.  Participation requires completing questionnaires.  Questionnaires will be available in hardcopy and via email.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please contact Kady at k.francis2@nuigalway.ie or use link
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1v1mOBFl5N9ll2dDFLftNWJPNeb-xDdeAX4gjJ-zBHms/viewform

Research

Examining family experiences of siblings of those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in – Rachel Conlon, Orla Connolly, Holly Hanlon, Roisin O’Dwyer and Nicola Taylor, psychology students from Trinity College are conducting a research project examining family experiences of siblings of those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  They are looking for people who have a sibling with a diagnosis of ASD to take part in the study which will take place in Trinity College.  The session will last approximately 45 minutes, in which participants will be asked to fill out 2 questionnaires and take part in a 30 minutes interview.  The interview will focus on the topics of family relationships, family life and support services.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please email – Nicola Taylor at groupprojectasd@gmail.com.

 

Research

Investigating the risk factors for bullying of children and young people with Autism and parents experiences of how bullying was addressed by Schools.

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in – Carolyn Frazer from the Middletown Centre for Autism as part of her Masters Degree in Psychology is conducting a research study which aims to investigate risk factors for bullying of children and young people with Autism and parents experiences of how bullying as addressed by schools.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please follow the click to obtain more information – Carolyn Frazer Research Study

Research

Investigating the effects of Autism on walking characteristics in young people

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in -

Deirdre Kindregan, a physiotherapist from Trinity College is conducting a research project investigating the effects of Autism on walking characteristics in young people. Deirdre hopes that her research will help identify and thus improve future treatment of walking difficulties in children with Autism.

If you wish to find out more information regarding this research or participate in this research please follow the click to obtain more information –

Deirdre Kindregan Research TCD

Public Consultation Meeting

National Registry for Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 7.00 p.m.

Stanley Quek Seminar Room

Trinity Bio medical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

You are cordially invited to attend a public consultation meeting regarding the establishment of a national autism registry and bio bank.  All parents, self advocates and professionals involved in the ASD and related NDD community are invited to discuss the need and scope for a national registry to support research and the development of health, education and social policy for Autism Spectrum Disorders and related Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  We are also inviting views on the establishment of a bio bank to support bio medical research for treatment and interventions.

This initiative is a partnership between Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and Autism Speaks.

RSVP:  bolshakn@tcd.ie

Research

Please read below information regarding research that parents may wish to participate in –

Claire Bowe, a student in the Dublin Business School is conducting a research project which explores practical issues of interest and relevance to the field of psychology. The issue Claire has chosen to research is “Predictors of stress in parents of children aged 4-18 years with Autism Spectrum Disorders”.

If you wish to participate in this research please follow the link to obtain more information – Link to study

Christmas Wishes

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2014!

From all of us here at The Irish Society for Autism.

Research Project

The Elephant in the Room – Talking to Children with ASD about their Diagnosis

Sarah Cadogan a Master of Science student at the University of Calgary in Canada is involved in a project called “The Elephant in the Room – Talking to Children with ASD about their Diagnosis”.

She is looking for parents of children, adolescents or adults with ASD to complete an online survey that will provide information regarding if, when, how and why parents choose to or not to formally talk to their child about the ASD diagnosis.

They are also looking for professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults with ASD to obtain information on their perspectives regarding talking to individuals with ASD about their diagnosis.

Further information on the project and links to the online surveys can be found at http://www.ucalgary.ca/asert/Discussion.

Christmas Jumper Workshop

Great news! David McKeown will host another “Christmas Jumper Workshop” this year. It’ll take place in the Science Gallery (Trinity College) on the 5th of December, with all proceeds going to The Irish Society For Autism.

Please check out the link for more info https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2013/11/christmasjumpermakenight

Research into Identifying Risk Factors in Autism

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is rising in prevalence worldwide.  Kamila Janik from NUI Galway is conducting research to investigate some potential risk factors associated with this. They are interested in studying the differences in brain size that occur prenatally in the womb.

They would like to invite mothers of children diagnosed with ASD from the Galway area to get involved with this project. Participation in this study involves giving permission to view your ultrasound pregnancy scans that are stored in hospitals in the West of Ireland.  All information will be confidential.

If you would like to find out more and would like your scans to be included in this study, please contact Kamila at k.janik1@nuigalway.ie

Middletown Centre for Autism

Research Project “Sensory Processing and Activity Choices

The Middletown Centre for Autism are currently recruiting parents from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who have children aged between 4 and 11 years of age with Autism to participate in a research project entitled “Sensory Processing and Activity Choices”.

This study will assist parents and professionals in understanding the sensory preferences of children and how these affect their preferred activities at home and school.

If you would like to participate in the above research please visit www.middletownautism.com/sp

Rose Campaign 2013 – Thank You!

A huge thank you to all those who supported our Rose Campaign 2013.  From everyone who bought a rose to our volunteer sellers, we really appreciate the help and support.

All money raised will go towards supporting our work and to providing services to people living with Autism.

Thank You!

Rose Campaign 2013

Our National Rose Campaign starts tomorrow!

Let’s all make this a huge success for The Irish Society for Autism.

We will be selling Rose Emblems outside Supermarkets, in Shopping Centres and on the streets nationwide over the coming days.

Please support our volunteers when you see them! Thank You.

Research: Social Skills Training

Please read below about research that parents can participate in –

“STAK” is a personalised learning system which has been designed to support carers teaching social skills to children with autism.  This learning system has been built to provide easy access to resources which will help carers to teach social skills to this group of children.

The idea behind STAK is simple.  Carers input some basic information into the application about their own level of experience and then create profiles for the children they are teaching i.e. learning style, language and comprehension abilities and knowledge of social skills.  This information is then used by the system to tailor supports and resources for Carers which they can access through the Activity Centre on the site.

For further details on this research project please contact at doyleth@tcd.ie or www.stakmate.com

Research in Language Development

Please read below information regarding research that families may wish to participate in –

Emily Dillon a PhD student in the School of Psychology in Trinity College, Dublin is conducting research on language.

Studies suggest girls with autism may show different symptoms and therefore benefit from different therapies and supports.

If you wish to participate in this research please follow the link to obtain more information – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Family_Autism_Study_Interest

Our Rose Campaign 2013

The Irish Society for Autism’s Annual Rose Campaign takes place this year from 10th – 12th October.

During this week our volunteers will be selling roses outside Supermarkets, in Shopping Centres and on the Streets Nationwide.

Please, buy a rose or donate online now!

To find out more about this Campaign contact us on (01) 874 4684 or email fundraising@autism.ie.

Sarah Cassidy – Psychologist in Clinical Training

Sarah Cassidy, a Psychologist in Clinical Training is inviting parents to take part in a study conducted by Trinity College Dublin.  They are investigating well-being and coping in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

If you wish to participate in this research please read the information and complete the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F6HRSGM

Research Investigating Stress

Please read below information about research that parents can participate in –

“Claire McGonagle, a Psychologist in Clinical Training is inviting parents to take part in a study conducted by Trinity College Dublin. They are investigating stress in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It appears that individuals with ASD are more vulnerable to experiencing stress. However, there is limited research examining the area of stress and coping in children with ASD. Thus, this study aims to examine the relationship between individual factors including ASD severity, adaptive functioning, sensory processing, I.Q. and environmental stressors specific to ASD e.g changes in routine. They are also looking at how children cope with stress and the relationship with anxiety. This will add to both the literature base and have clinical implications in terms of service development.

If you wish to participate please read the attached information and then please must complete a questionnaire pack online (30-35 min) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/82H8X9K

All information is confidential and anonymous.”

Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013 – Thank You

Kerry Cycle LogoThe weather was fantastic in Killarney for the Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013.  Over 9,000 cyclists took place in this 112 mile cycle.

The Irish Society for Autism would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who took part on our behalf, the funds raised will help the society promote awareness and to continue to develop a specialised service for people with Autism.

Well Done To You All!

Research: Social Skills Training

Please read below about research that parents can participate in –

“STAK is a personalised learning system which has been designed to support carers teaching social skills to children with autism. This learning system has been built to provide easy access to resources which will help Carers to teach social skills to this group of children.

The idea behind STAK is simple. Carers input some basic information into the application about their own level of experience and then create profiles for the children they are teaching ie learning style, language and comprehension abilities and knowledge of social skills. This information is then used by the system to tailor supports and resources for Carers which they can access through the Activity Centre on the site.

If you would like to take part in this research, please come along to an introductory workshop in the Recital Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music ,36 Westland Row, Dublin 2, on Wednesday 17th or Saturday 20th July. You may indicate your preferred day and time at STAK Doodle

For further details on this project please contact at doyleth@tcd.ie

The Elbow Room Therapeutic Camps

The Elbow Room, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 are running the following Therapeutic Summer Camps for a variety of age groups and specific needs –

Sunshine Camp – Suitable for children with Dyspraxia, ADD / ADHD and sensory difficulties
Age Range: 6 to 12 years
Dates: July 8th – 12th – 10 am  to 2 pm

Rainbow Camp – Suitable for children with Aspergers Syndrome / Autism
Age Range: 4 years +
Dates: July 15th – 19th – 10 am to 2 pm

Teen Camp – Suitable for teenagers with Dyspraxia, ADD / ADHD, sensory processing difficulties
Age Range: 13 years + (or post primary)
Dates: July 22nd – 26th – 10 am – 2 pm

Further details on these camps can be seen at www.the-elbowroom.com or ph: 01 677 9859 / email: info@the-elbowroom.com

RING OF KERRY CYCLE – SATURDAY 6TH JULY 2013

Iarnród Éireann and the Irish Society for Autism would like to offer all entrants taking part on behalf of the society and travelling to the Ring of Kerry Cycle event a 10% Discount off Intercity Travel when booking on www.irishrail.ie.

This offer is valid from 9.00am Monday 17th June until 5.00pm Friday 21st June.

* Simply use the code ISA2388 (input promotional code on payments page) from the dates above to avail of the 10% OFF the line fare.

Remember, tickets can be purchased 59 days in advance of travel on www.irishrail.ie.

Discount applies to all bookings, except special offers. Terms, conditions, credit card and transaction charges apply.

Thank You and Well Done Girls!

The sun was blazing in Dublin for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2013. Women (and some brave men) came out in their thousands to represent different charities in the biggest all-women’s event of it’s kind in the world.

The Irish Society for Autism would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who took part on our behalf, the funds raised will help the society promote awareness and to continue to develop a specialised service for people with Autism.

Well Done Girls!

Thank You to Mike Flanagan

March 2013 – A big Thank You to Mike Flanagan from Galway City who took on the challenge of the Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism. Not only did Mike run the race, he ran it backwards; what a great achievement. He raised a fantastic amount for the society. Again many thanks Mike!

Autism Conference Presentations 2013

Temple Grandin : Personal Experience: An Insight into Autism
Download Presentation

 

Emer Ring : Contributing Factors in Achieving  Positive Behavioural Outcomes for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. It’s not All the Children’s Behaviour… We Need to Think Carefully About Our Behaviour Too…
Download Presentation

 

L. Scott and J. Drysdale : A Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning Support and Intervention
Download Presentation

 

Tom Berney : The Ethical and Moral Consequences arising from a Diagnosis of ASD
Download Presentation

 

Rita Jordon : Understanding & Meeting the Educational Needs of Children & Young People with ASD
Download Presentation

 

Hilde De Clercq: Quality of Life for People with Autism in a Lifelong Perspective.
Download Presentation

 

Hilde De Clercq: Autism from Within Workshop.
Download Presentation

Thank You!

We would like to thank all of you who made the Irish Society for Autism Conference 2013 possible – delegates, speaker and organisers. It was truly an inspiring event! We do hope that you learned more about Autism and how we can make a real difference to the lives of people with Autism.
Autism Conference
Presentations that are made available to us by the speakers will be available for download on our website shortly – www.autism.ie. Please watch this space.

Autism Parent Support Meeting

Autism Parent Support MeetingTHE METHODIST CHURCH, LOWER ABBEY STREET, DUBLIN 1.

Wednesday 1st May 2013 at 11.00 a.m.

For Further Details and Directions Please Contact:
The Irish Society for Autism, Unity Building,
16-17 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Phone: 01-874 4684 / Fax: 01-874 4224
Email: admin@autism.ie
Meeting Co-ordinator – Denis Sexton

Autism Awareness Bear

Autism Awareness Build-A-Bear

Don’t forget to visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop store to make an Autism Awareness Bear.

€1 from the purchase of this beary special teddy will be donated to the Irish Society for Autism.

With soft blue fur, an Autism Awareness bow and the sweetest smile, this furry friend will bring forever love and hugs! Hurry while stocks last (www.buildabear.co.uk).

For more information please contact the society by email or phone; admin@autism.ie, 01 874 4684.

Autism Conference On-line Registration Has Closed

On-line registration has now closed. If you are still interested in going to the conference please send an e-mail here: info@autismconferenceireland.com. If you would like to contact us via a telephone, please call: 01-6486274.

Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013

We are delighted to announce that the Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013 has nominated the Kerry Branch of the Irish Society for Autism as one of the chosen charities to benefit from the cycle this year. This event will take place on July 6th in Killarney.

Take note: In order to participate in the cycle this year, cyclists must raise a minimum of €60 for one of the chosen charities

We are fundraising to help develop a residential service for young people with Autism in the Kerry region. The project will provide eight people with autism the opportunity to live, work and participate in leisure and recreational activities in an ambiance of unconditional respect and dignity in a social-care model of excellence. This project will be the first of its kind in Kerry.

We are thrilled to announce that construction for the Residential Centre for Autism commenced in April 2012 in Dromavalla, Ballyseedy, Tralee. We hope the project will be completed in 2013. We are planning major fundraising to ensure this project reaches fruition.

Would you be willing to cycle for our charity in the Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013?

If you are willing, we would very much appreciate your support. The event takes place on Saturday 6th July 2013. To sign up for the Ring of Kerry Cycle 2013, please download the Registration Form. Once you have printed the form out and completed it, please post the form to either of the addresses at the bottom of the page. You will then receive a registration pack and sponsorship cards. Thank you.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Adams by email at adams@diginet.ie or by phone at 066 71-24740 / 085-123 3288, Patricia Adams by phone at 087-617 7083 or contact Liam Kingston by phone at 087-416 3865.

Research into Social Responsiveness in Children

Research into the Sensory and Motor correlates of Social Responsiveness in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

My name is Michaela Murray and I am currently studying for a MSc in Cognitive
and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, University of London and I am required to
complete a research project as part of my coursework. I have decided to examine
how sensory processing and motor coordination impairments, which are frequently
observed in conjunction with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), affect social abilities in
children with this disorder.

STUDY TITLE: The Sensory and Motor correlates of Social Responsiveness in
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

PARTICIPANTS: Participants of this study will include parents of children aged
between 5 and 10 years old.

Purpose of the study

As the causes of ASD are not yet known, the causal mechanisms behind social
impairments, the most significant deficit associated with the disorder, are not yet fully
understood. Children with ASD are frequently reported to exhibit sensory modulation
deficits such as behaviours associated with sensory sensitivity (e.g. covering ears to
loud sounds), sensory under-responsivity (e.g. failure to respond to name) and sensory
seeking (e.g. rocking). Similarly, disturbances in motor behaviour are commonly
associated with the disorder and early motor deficits are often among the earliest
symptoms observed in children with autism. Evidence from multiple studies has
shown that, although not part of the diagnostic criteria, these impairments may play an
important role in the rate of acquisition of language, social, and communication skills.

The current study aims to further investigate the theory that atypical sensory
processing and motor coordination patterns may play an important role in the severity
of social skills in children with autism. A more detailed understanding of such patterns
will add to the understanding of how they manifest in behaviour and interact with the
core characteristics of the disorder. It is hoped that this knowledge may then allow for
more targeted approaches to early intervention in the future.

Procedure

If you are interested in taking part, you can either complete the questionnaires:

1.) Online at http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/Team_Hill/f684
2.) In pen and paper (please email Michaela and request a copy to be posted to you)
3.) On your mobile phone by scanning the QR code below:

Autism QR Code

These questionnaires contain questions about your child’s social abilities, sensory
abilities and motor abilities and can be completed at any point up until the 15th July
2013.Your child does not need to participate, although you may wish to observe a
particular behaviour that you have been asked a question about, in order to confirm
your answer. In total, it will take approximately 35 minutes to complete all three
questionnaires. Please answer all questions as honestly and accurately as possible.

Compensation for your time

As a thank you for your participation in this study, each participant will be entered into
a draw to win a €100/£100 M&S voucher. If you would like to be entered in this draw,
please provide your contact details as requested on online/paper forms.

Participant rights

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to complete
the study at any point without prejudice, or refrain from answering any questions with
which you are uncomfortable.

Confidentiality

All responses will be treated with the strictest sensitivity and stored in secure files to
ensure confidentiality. All identifying information will be removed from questionnaires
as soon as your participation is complete and all responses will be analysed as a whole.

For further information

Should you require any further information about this study, please contact Michaela
Murray at ps203mm@gold.ac.uk.

Alternatively you can contact my research project supervisor, Elisabeth Hill, by email at
e.hill@gold.ac.uk.

Thank you very much for your time.

Research into the Post-Primary School Environment

Research into the Impact of the Post-Primary School Environment on
Adolescents with ASD

My name is Margaret Dee and I am an MSc student in Trinity College Dublin looking for participants for a study on the school environment. The aim of the study is to see what the most important environmental factors are that impact on participation in mainstream post-primary education for students with ASD.

To find out what these factors are, I am holding two focus groups for interested participants. One focus group will be for adolescents with ASD who are in mainstream post-primary schools. The other group will be for parents or guardians of adolescents with ASD who are in mainstream post-primary school, and teachers of adolescents with ASD who are in mainstream post-primary school.

They will take place in Trinity College Dublin, in the evening after school, at a time and date that suits all participants. Hopefully this will be around Easter. During these focus groups, you will be asked questions about you/your child/student’s school and your/their participation in all aspects of school life. The focus groups will last for 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Refreshments will be provided.

An adolescent can participate even of their parent or guardian does not wish to participate and parents or guardians can participate even if their child isn’t.

This study has been granted ethical approval by the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee, Trinity College Dublin. If you are interested in participating or would like to hear more about the study, please contact me at mdee@tcd.ie.

Many thanks for your time.

Autism Bill Through First Stage Today

A historic day for Autism. A Private Members Bill by Deputy Michael McCarthy requiring the government to publish a National Autism Strategy passed its first stage with all party support. The Autism Bill now goes to committee stage for further discussion.

Another milestone has been reached. The passing of the Autism Bill will ensure that the future of People with Autism will be protected and enhanced.

Research into Language Development in Girls with Autism

Autism SurveyMy name is Emily Dillon and I am a PhD student in the School of Psychology in Trinity College, Dublin and I am interested in the language development of girls with autism. There is a large gender bias in autism and we hope by exploring the differences in language of girls and boys with autism we can better understand how autism expresses differently between genders. We also hope by looking at the language styles of family members we can see how family language traits may help in autism.
No national numbers for the prevalence for autism in Ireland exist, making the scale of autism undocumented and unknown. Girls with autism especially have been overlooked. Strong findings suggest that girls with autism may show a unique expression of autism and therefore have unique needs to be addressed with interventions and support. It is even possible the rate of girls with autism has been under-estimated due to an expression of autism different from the traditional male traits. Only with more research can we know what special needs girls with autism have and how to meet them.

If you have a moment, please think about participating in our family study of autism. Any interest expressed here does not signify any commit, and your help is greatly appreciated. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IrishFamilyAutismStudy. Closing date January 2014.

Thank you for your time.

Autism Conference in Ireland – Programme Announced!

Autism Blue Rose

        This event took place on the 3rd & 4th of April 2013

 

 

We are now proud to announce the programme for the Irish Society for  Autism International Conference – The Next Generation.

Our comprehensive programme features International speakers and exciting workshop possibilities, covering many aspects of Autism.

Take a moment to view the programme.

The conference takes place on the 3rd and 4th April 2013 in the Convention Centre Dublin.

For those who have already registered you will be able to sign up for your preferred workshops shortly and will receive a separate notice on this.

This year the Irish Society for Autism celebrate their 50th Anniversary providing services for people with Autism. The Conference will mark this special occasion and will also celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.

 

International Autism Conference in Dublin

This event took place on the 3rd & 4th of April 2013

The Autism Conference theme was “The Next Generation” and our keynote speaker was Dr Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning Autism, noted for her work in Autism advocacy. She was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category in 2010.

Speakers for the Autism Conference also included: Ross Blackburn, Hilde de Clerq, Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, Prof. Rita Jordan, Theo Peeters and Paul Shattock OBE.

Autism Conference     Autism Conference

Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

Make that New Year’s Resolution a reality and register to do the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon to raise much needed funds for The Irish Society for Autism!

The Mini Marathon takes place this year on Monday 3rd June. If you would like more information please contact Jackie O’Loughlin by email or phone: fundraising@autism.ie , 01 874 4684.

Autism Parents Support Meeting

We are pleased to invite the parents of people with Autism to our next support meeting that will take place in:

THE METHODIST CHURCH,
LOWER ABBEY STREET,
DUBLIN 1.

Wednesday 30th January 2013
11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

If you need Further Details and Directions please don’t hesitate to contact:

The Irish Society for Autism, Unity Building,
16-17 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Phone: 01-874 4684 / Fax: 01-874 4224
Email: admin@autism.ie

Meeting Co-ordinator – Denis Sexton

 

What is the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership?

The members of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership are: Irish Society for Autism, Autism Cymru (Wales), Autism Northern Ireland and Scottish Autism.

The principle aims of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership are:

  • Sharing of training, information and skills from one country to another.
  • Joint campaigning on relevant National, European and world-wide issues.
  • Joint research opportunities
  • Sharing of issues and mutual support
  • Shared governance on all decisions, activities and policies agreed within the Celtic
  • Nations Autism Partnership. This is a partnership of equals.

Nationals working together for Autism.

Peole with Autism and Recreation

Cultural, recreational, leisure and sporting rights are an integral part of human rights and, like other rights, are universal, indivisible and interdependent.

The full promotion of and respect for those rights is essential for the maintenance of human dignity and positive social interaction between individuals and communities in a diverse and multicultural world.

-Dr. Samira Al Saad

Samira Al Saad is the founder of the Kuwait Centre for Autism and the Gulf Autism Union established in 2002 bringing GCC autism professionals and institutions together. Autism awareness is growing in this area and to assist in the process Dr. Samira regularly gives lectures at the Education College.

Read more about her inspiring story here!

The Right to Participate

And so, do people with autism have the right to participate, as far as possible, in the development and management of services provided for their well-being?

Yes, absolutely yes.

-Theo Peeters

Theo Peeters is a Belgian neurolinguist who specialises in autism spectrum disorders. He is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field and his many books, training activities and stimulating talks around the world have shown him to be among the most knowledgeable and compassionate authorities on autism anywhere. He especially emphasises the importance of understanding the “culture of autism,” of empathising fully with individuals on the spectrum. He is the founder of the Opleidingscentrum Autisme (Centre for Training on Autism or OCA) in Antwerp, Belgium.

Theo is just one of our keynote speakers at the Autism Conference the will be held the 3rd and the 4th of April, 2013. Learn more about him and the other speakers here!

Autism and Personal Space

Perhaps the central characteristic of autism is a qualitative impairment in reciprocal interaction. Social interaction skills can be learned, but socializing can lead to exhaustion, as success is achieved by intellectual analysis rather than intuition.

Having too many people in close proximity and being required to socialize beyond a limited capacity for socialization invariably leads to agitation and a desperate need to recover emotionally through solitude. Thus accommodation for someone with autism needs to include sufficient personal space and opportunities for periods within the day of privacy.

The need to have sufficient personal space also applies to the area around the building, with freedom to walk in a safe area.

-Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood is an English psychologist author of several books on Asperger’s Syndrome. His book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, provides information on diagnosis, problems of social relations, sensory issues, motor control and other typical issues which face people with Asperger’s and their support networks. Attwood also has a clinical practice at his diagnostic and treatment clinic for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, in Brisbane, begun in 1992.

We can all become change makers

The UN Charter of Rights is a crucial commitment from governments around the world to promote equal rights for people with disabilities. The UN has shown the way – but now we need a change in the way we view people with autism so that we can best implement the Charter throughout the world.

-Thorkil Sonne

Thorkil Sonne, is the founder of Specialisterne (The Specialists), a Danish social innovator company using the characteristics of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as competitive advantages in the business market. Thorkil changes the way society perceives autism by transforming it from a handicap to a competitive advantage. His Specialist People Foundation employs autistic people, who have a ten times lower fault rate in software testing and other tasks. Thorkil now plans to go beyond Denmark, empowering people with ASD globally.

Autism and the Neurotypical World

It is suggested that a focus on some of the strengths of people with autism may help to overcome some of the fear of disability in the general public, stir their interest and reassure them that people with autism can and should enjoy community services and facilities. Only then can we truly build bridges between the cultures of autism and the neurotypical world most of us live in.

My brother has achieved so much with the limited support he was offered. With reasonable transportation options and support, his freedom of movement would have been so much more significant and fulfilling.

Our dream is that the generations that have followed him will have the full range of support that he did not have access to. This is a human right that is must be available to all individuals with an ASD!

-Margaret Whelan
Executive Director Geneva Centre for Autism, Toronto, Canada

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

We have had a busy year and are looking forward to our 50th Anniversary in 2013!

Before we pack up for the holidays we want to remind you to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary providing services for people with autism by joining us for our International Autism Conference being held in the Convention Centre Dublin on World Autism Day, the 3rd and 4th April 2013.

The central theme of the conference will be “The Next Generation” focusing on enhanced legislation, increased awareness, autism-specific education, early diagnosis and intervention and the target audience includes parents of people with Autism, professionals who work in the field of Autism, educators, teachers, and policy makers.

The conference will bring together some of the world’s top professionals who, over a two day period, will deliver exciting plenary sessions, stimulating workshops and social exchanges.

If you have already registered, thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you in April!

Register Now Banner

Autism Patients and Their Personal Lives.

For people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) the right to be involved in all decisions affecting their future is the most important component in transitioning from dependency to independency. For the whole of his (her) life any person with an ASD must be the single most important contributor in the many decisions and choices in managing their daily life. It is not always possible for this group of people to be able to envisage the full consequences of their wishes which inform and influence their expressed opinions.

For the majority of these persons they will need our help in the management of their time, both free and structured. This will almost always remain necessary for socializing with others during early development and also for their functioning as adults.

-Tadeusz Galkowski

Tadeusz Galkowski is a member of the National Society for Autism, Warsaw School of Sciences and Humanities, Poland

The Nature of Specialist Education in Autism

Specialist education for those with autism is not only often confined to education as ‘therapy’ but is also thought of as segregated education. There is too much emphasis on the location of education and insufficient emphasis on its nature. Specialist education can take place in any setting. What is needed are:

  • Knowledgeable and well-resourced staff: Staff need a range of skills and approaches, based on sound evidence-based principles, of what is likely to be helpful for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Time for assessment: The staff also need time and resources to get to know each individual and to assess their best learning style and how the autism is expressed in this particular individual.

-Prof Rita Jordan

Rita Jordan – Bsc. QTS. MSc. MA. PhD. C.Psychol. AFBPsS. OBE. Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies: Autism Centre for Education & Research, The School of Education, The University of Birmingham, UK – is one of our plenary speakers at the Autism Conference in April 2013. Learn more about her and the other speakers here.

Autism and Sexuality

The rights of people with ASD to sexuality and interpersonal relationships are as important, if not more important, than any other basic human rights. Unfortunately their needs in this area often go unmet. Parents must assure that their children with ASD receive the basic information that they need in this area, even though it might be uncomfortable at times.

In addition, professionals must step up and get involved by informing themselves and assuring that their training programs are providing adequate experience and information for those in their field charged with the responsibility of helping their clients to learn about their rights to sexuality and close interpersonal relationships and exercising them.

-Prof Gary Mesibov

Gary Mesibov, PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For almost 20, years, he served as the Director of Division TEACCH, the internationally recognized program pioneering approaches to service, treatment, training, research, and the education of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Mesibov has written books, journal articles, editorials, and research papers focusing on all aspects of autism and developmental disabilities.

Knowing and understading autism

Autism should be included in the curriculum of all involved in the care for acute psychiatric distress: general practitioners, police and social workers, doctors and nurses in emergency wards and all involved in psychiatric care from infancy to old age!

Knowing and understanding autism may prevent unnecessary vicious spirals of anxiety – aggression – restriction – panic etc!

-Rutger Jan van der Gaag

Rutger Jan van der Gaag (1950) is a professor of clinical child and adolescent psychiatry associated with UMCN St Radboud in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Autism Conference – CPD Credits Awarded!

The Irish Society for Autism is delighted to announce that the Next Generation International Conference April 2013 has been approved for CPD credits for members of The Psychological Society of Ireland.

The Irish Society for Autism celebrates their 50th Anniversary providing services for people with Autism. To mark this occasion and to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, an International Autism Conference is being held in the Convention Centre Dublin, on the 3rd & 4th April 2013.

To register now – click here

Registration for the full two-day conference includes plenary sessions, a choice of workshops and participant pack as well as lunch and refreshments on both days and attendance at a social event on the first evening of the conference.

If you have already registered, thank you for your support!

We look forward to seeing you in April.

Gary Lavigna and the Charter of Rights

For those people who have the challenges typically associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder  (ASD), one of those challenges is often their behaviour. This gives them the need for and the right to the least restrictive support capable of meeting their needs and the needs of their family and those around them. Unfortunately, because of their challenging behaviour, they often experience abusivephysical treatment or neglect.

In the “Charter of Rights for People with Autism”, I describe how challenging behaviour can be addressed effectively, using PBS, without abusive physical treatment.

-Dr. Gary W. Levigna

Gary LaVigna is Co-founder and Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California. He spends much of his time consulting with organizations on establishing nonaversive behavior support plans for individuals exhibiting severe and challenging behavior and presenting seminars on the topic throughout the world.

The Autism Perspective by Prof Michael Fitzgerald

Persons with Autism have the right to have their mental health and care needs provided by people who are educated to understand the special mind-set of persons with Autism.

It is critical that these mental health professionals understand the different perspective of people with Autism and the world that persons with Autism exist in. If these mental health professionals are not aware of these differences they will misunderstand persons with Autism and cause great distress to them.

Treatments have to be given from an Autism specific perspective.

-Prof Michael Fitzgerald

Prof Michael Fitzgerald will be one of our special speakers at the Autism Conference 2013. Find more information about him and the rest of the speakers here!

The Choice of Medications for Autism by Paul Shattock

Individuals labeled as “autistic” are very different from each other. The differences between them are much greater than they are within the so called “neuro-typical” population. One man’s meat is very definitely another man’s poison.

A particular medication can be very helpful and well tolerated by one person but unhelpful and very harmful for another. Some people with autism benefit dramatically from drugs known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) that are commonly used for treating depression (provided the dose is correct).

For others, especially those with more sever problems, the results can be disastrous.

-Paul Shattock

Paul Shattock will be one of our special speakers at the Autism Conference 2013. Find information about him and the rest of the speakers here!

The Right to Live Your Life by Hilde de Clercq

“The unfairness of life overwhelmed me. It was not fair to have such a child, but it was even moreunfair to be that child“    -Charles Hart



It is about time that we all start to understand that we are all born with the right to join ‘the club’ that every human being is born to ‘belong’. It is about time that the difference between being ‘autonomous” and “dependent” gets neutralized….

Inclusion is about “interdependency, interconnection and belonging”… and moreover: it should not stop when school is finished! Being born with a disability should not mean that the rights that all other members of the community have, all of a sudden get diminished or cease to exist.

People with a disability should have the right to determine as much as possible how they want to live their own lives! Only in his way the individualized ‘quality of life’ is guaranteed.

-Hilde De Clercq

Hilde De Clercq will be one of our special speakers at the next Autism Conference, April 2013. Register online now!

Diagnosing Autism by Dr. Tom Berney

Diagnosis is not uniform; it is a messy but necessary process of affirmation for in the individual and a confirmation for those around him. It is a powerful tool, which comes with side-effects and is open to misuse. However, while it must be approached with care, it should also be readily available. It also needs to move beyond simply dividing the world into those who have autism and those who do not.

We need to list the developmental disabilities, such as attention deficit, executive dysfunction or incoordination, that, together with the social impairment, may be mild in themselves but can combine to produce a hermit, trapped in his home. In the end this broad, descriptive assessment is an essential step to ‘seeing ourselves as others see us,’ the self-knowledge needed to understand relationships with others – and therefore a right, essential to development – but only if the recipient (or their representatives) can control the process.

-Dr. Tom Berney

Reflections by Dr. Pat Matthews


This year 2012, the World Autism Organisation decided to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day by inviting 19 people, parents, professionals and people with Autism to revisit the Charter of Rights and to share their wisdom and experience with us, it is a treasure trove of thoughts and ideas that reflect on the rights, dignity and respect that are due to our most vulnerable people.

These reflections on the European Charter of Rights demand action demand the development of Autism specific legislation. It challenges all of us to examine our consciences. It demands that people with Autism be treated as people – citizens of the world who are entitled to participate in the development of Society in accordance with their individual capacity and dignity and human beings.

-Dr. Pat Matthews

Thank You, Keith!

A massive Thank You to Keith Callaghan from Wicklow who took part in the 2012 Dublin City Marathon on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism. He made great time and raised a fantastic amount of money.

Again, many thanks Keith!

Early Bird Registration still open for Autism Conference!

Early bird registration for the Irish Society for Autism’s International Conference is now open and will close on November 30th 2012.

The Irish Society for Autism is celebrating their 50th Anniversary providing services for people with Autism. To mark this occasion and to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, an International Autism Conference is being held in the Convention Centre Dublin, on the 3rd & 4th April 2013.

More than 500 delegates are expected to travel from all over Europe and USA. The target audience includes parents of people with Autism, professionals who work in the field of Autism, educators, teachers, and policy makers.

The conference will bring together some of the world’s top professionals who, over a two day period, will deliver exciting plenary sessions, stimulating workshops and social exchanges. The keynote address will be delivered by internationally renowned Professor of Animal Sciences Dr. Temple Grandin. Other speakers include Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, a Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Paul Shattock, OBE, President of the World Autism Organisation, Professor Rita Jordan, Autism Centre for Education & Research, University of Birmingham, UK, Theo Peeters, founder of the Opleidingscentrum Autisme (Centre for Training in Autism) in Belgium, Hilde de Clerq, author and member of the International Associate Editors of ‘Good Autism Practice’ and Ros Blackburn, an adult with Autism and international lecturer on care and education.

The central theme of the conference will be “The Next Generation” focusing on enhanced legislation, increased awareness, autism-specific education, early diagnosis and intervention.

Early Bird Registration is now open. Register NOW

ISA Registration.png

Registration for the full two-day conference includes plenary sessions, a choice of workshops and participant pack as well as lunch and refreshments on both days and attendance at a social event on the first evening of the conference.

Conference Speaker In Focus: Prof Michael Fitzgerald is Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. He was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland and has diagnosed over 2000 persons with ASD since 1973. Michael was involved in writing 18 books including Co-Editing the Handbook of ADHD published by Wiley. He has written a number of books on creativity including The Genesis of Artistic Creativity. He has extensive clinical experience with persons with ADHD children and adults.

About the Irish Society for Autism
The Irish Society for Autism the longest autism-specific service provider in Ireland. The society was formed with the goal of creating awareness of Autism and convincing the authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly enhance the quality of life for people with Autism. The Irish Society for Autism, when established in 1963, was the second autism organisation in the world. Since then the Irish Society for Autism has been providing information on Autism for thousands of people with Autism, parents, families, educators, students and health care workers. It has also been successful in creating residential services for Adults with Autism in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Wexford and creating the European Charter of Rights for People with Autism. The Irish Society for Autism is a founder member of Autism Europe and the World Autism Organisation. The Executive Director, Dr. Pat Matthews, was the first President of the World Autism Organisation.

Rose Campaign- Thank You!

A huge thank you to all those who supported our Rose Campaign 2012. From everyone who bought a rose to our volunteer sellers, we really appreciate the help and support.

All money raised will go towards supporting our work and to providing services to people living with Autism.

Thank You!

A Big Thank You to Philip Doak

Phil Doak ISA FundraiserJuly 2012 – A big Thank You to Philip Doak from Dublin who took part in the Zurich Ironman 2012 on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism.

What a great achievement. He raised the absolutely fantastic amount of €1,180.00. Again huge massive thanks Phil!

Aisling Morrison getting into the Rose Campaign spirit!

The Irish Society for Autism’s Rose Campaign 2012 is taking place until the 14th of October. During this week our volunteers are selling roses throughout the county to raise funds for the society.

Our Rose Campaign provides us with the opportunity to not only raise vital funds for the society but also to promote our organisation through raising the profile and awareness of children and adults with Autism.

Please, buy a rose or donate online now!

To find out more about this Campaign contact us on (01) 874 4684 or email fundraising@autism.ie.

Download and share our conference poster!

We are just 6 months away from our big annual Conference in Dublin! The Irish Society for Autism has been promoting the awareness and services for autism for 50 years now and we would love it if you could help us promote this important event by downloading the poster and sharing it with your friends.

The theme for this year is “The Next Generation” and our keynote speaker is Dr Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning autism, noted for her work in autism advocacy. She was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category in 2010.

Be sure to check out our other speakers and different workshops we will be having and, please, spread the word!

Download the PDF file here.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Shannon!

A big Thank You to Shannon McGuinness from Dundalk, Co. Louth who so bravely decided to take on a charity skydive on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism. This was part of Shannon’s transition year charity work project. She raised the fantastic amount of €675.00.

  
Again many thanks Shannon!

The Irish Society for Autism’s Annual Rose Campaign takes place this year from 8th – 14th October.

During this week our volunteers will be selling roses outside Supermarkets, in Shopping Centres and on the Streets Nationwide.

Our Rose Campaign provides us with the opportunity to not only raise vital funds for the society but also to promote our organisation through raising the profile and awareness of children and adults with Autism.

To find out more about this Campaign contact us on (01) 874 4684 or email fundraising@autism.ie.

Registration Now Closed

Registration Closed for the International Autism Conference Dublin Ireland, 3rd & 4th April 2013.

The Irish Society for Autism is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. To mark this great occasion, and to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, an International Autism Conference is being held in the Convention Centre Dublin

The central theme of the conference will be “The Next Generation” focusing on enhanced legislation, increased awareness, autism specific education, early diagnosis and intervention.

The conference will bring together some of the world’s top professionals who, over a two day period, will deliver exciting plenary sessions, stimulating workshops and social exchanges.

Keynote speaker

Internationally renowned Professor of Animal Sciences Dr. Temple Grandin.

Other speakers include:

Ros Blackburn, an adult with autism and international lecturer on care and education

Hilde de Clerq, author and member of the International Associate Editors of ‘Good Autism Practice.’

Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, a Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland and has diagnosed over 2000 persons with autism since 1973.

Professor Rita Jordan, Autism Centre for Education & Research, University of Birmingham, UK

Theo Peeters, founder of the Opleidingscentrum Autisme (Centre for Training in Autism) in Belgium

Paul Shattock, OBE, President of the World Autism Organisation

A New Vision for Autism: Autism.ie

We are delighted to announce our new brand. Our new brand reflects on the significance of our 50th Anniversary in 2013.

autism.ie

The Irish Society for Autism has been repositioned as Autism.ie to accommodate the digital age in which we now all live. The unique blue rose, which represents the past, present, and future of our organisation has been brought to the forefront, in order to emphasise our message of hope, and to recognise the individuality of people with Autism.

This new, and modern treatment of our logo does not simply disregard what went beforehand. It celebrates our history by acknowledging our past.

As our Anniversary approaches, we look forward to the Autism Conference in April, and to the next 50 years providing services for people with Autism.

Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2012 – Thank You

The sun was blazing in Dublin for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2012.  Women (and some brave men) came out in their thousands to represent different charities in the biggest all-women’s event of it’s kind in the world.

The Irish Society for Autism would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who took part on our behalf, the funds raised will help the society promote awareness and to continue to develop a specialised service for people with Autism.

Well Done Girls!

Becky & Sandie Cassin

Becky & Sandie Cassin

World Autism Awareness Day 2012

The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day took place on 2nd April 2012.  To mark this special occasion the Irish Society for Autism launched “Reflections and Personal Experience on the Charter of Rights for People with Autism” in European Union House on Dawson Street. 

The book was compiled and edited by Dr. Pat Matthews and Tara Matthews MSc. of the Irish Society for Autism.  A paperback edition is available in all good book shops and on the publishers website http://www.originalwriting.ie/ priced at €15.  All proceeds from the sale of the publication will go directly to the Irish Society for Autism and the World Autism Organisation.

The Society also announced the International Conference which will take place in Dublin 2013 to celebrate the Irish Society’s 50 years providing services to people with Autism and their families. 

Run-a-Muck Challenge

The Run-A-Muck Challenge took place on Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Clonkeeran House, Co. Kildare.  It’s an off-road run challenge, 5km, 10km, Solo, Pairs Relay or Teams of 3 or more.

We would like to say a special THANKS to all who took part in this fun event and raised funds for The Irish Society for Autism – Dunfirth Farm.  A great day was had by all.  Thanks also to everyone who so kindly supported the event.

The Valentine’s Hair & Fashion Show

A fantastic night was had by all at The Valentine’s Hair & Fashion Show with all proceeds going to The Irish Society for Autism – Dunfirth Farm. 

We would like to say a special thanks to The Salon, The Hamlet Court Hotel, Sandy, Yvonne, Jen and all the models who gave up their spare time to strut their stuff for charity.  The models, dancers and musicians were terrific. 

Thanks again to everyone involved and everyone who so kindly supported the event. 

 

 

Mini Marathon 2012

Calling all Ladies!

Get your running shoes on for the Irish Society for Autism and take part in this year’s Mini Marathon.

Entries will begin on the 22nd February 2012.

You can enter online at www.womensminimarathon.ie

or

Complete the application form in the Evening Herald.

Register early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more contact Gemma on 01 874 4684!

Fundraising Fast

A Big Thank You to Clare Kenneally for raising a fantastic €408.32 for the Society by taking part in a Fundraising Fast.

Clare_Kenneally_Cheque_Pres_Photo

Pat Matthews conferred with honorary doctorate from Trinity

Dr Pat MatthewsPat Matthews conferred with honorary doctorate from Trinity.

Pat Matthews, Executive Director of The Irish Society of Autism and Past President of the World Autism Organisation, was confered with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D) at Trinity College Dublin on Friday 10th December 2010. During a lifetime of commitment to people with Autism he has changed the ways in which people with Autism are regarded and treated in society. He has campaigned most forcefully nationally and internationally for the rights of people with autism and has pioneered a deeper understanding of Autism and his work has established an ethos of respect and regard for people with this disability.

Rose returns for Fundraising Drive

International Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu was back where it all began yesterday to lend her support to “Rose Week 2010″, the national fundraising drive for the Irish Society for Autism.

Read the full news article here

Parent Support Meeting

AUTISM PARENT SUPPORT MEETING

The Methodist Church

Lower Abbey Street

Dublin 1

Wednesday 21st March 2012

11.00am – 1.00pm

Should you have any questions, would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of all meetings or for further details and directions please contact the office on 01 874 4684 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Meeting Co-ordinator - Denis Sexton

A Night at the Dogs

Find the fun in fundraising and join The Irish Society for Autism as we go to Shelbourne Park for

“A night at the dogs”.

Tickets cost just €20.00 which includes admission, drink voucher and finger food.

This event takes place on Thursday 27th August 2009.

For more information or to book your tickets to this great event please contact Gemma on 01 874 4684 or fundraising@autism.ie

Seminar with Dr. Temple Grandin, 28th March 2009

AUTISM AWARENESS

to

Commemorate World Autism Awareness Day 2009


“Dr. Temple Grandin”

“My Experiences with Autism, from Early Childhood to a Successful Career”

Saturday 28th March 2009

Trinity Centre, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, 8.

9.00 – 9.30 a.m. Registration

9.30 – 10.00 a.m. Introduction

Professor Michael Fitzgerald

10.00 – 11.15 a.m. “My Experiences with Autism, from Early Childhood to a

Successful Career”

Dr. Temple Grandin

11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Refreshments

11.30 – 12.30 p.m. “My Experiences with Autism, from Early Childhood to a

Successful Career” (contd)

Dr. Temple Grandin

12.30 p.m. Close

Cost: €30.00 per person

For further information on booking please contact The Irish Society for Autism, Unity Buildings, 16, Lower O’Connell Street, D.1.

Phone: 01-8744684 / Fax: 01-8744224 / Email:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED

Irish Society Wins National AIB Millennium Award

The Irish Society for Autism has won the National AIB Better Ireland Millennium Award. The Society received the award of £125,000 in recognition of its development of services of excellence for people with Autism in Ireland. The Society has been in forefront of developing residential and vocational services on a national basis. The Society originally developed Dunfirth Farm near Enfield, Co. Meath as a residential service based on the organic farm model. More recently the Society has been developing services in Claregalway, and Galway city and new development at Athboy, Co. Meath, Kilmore, Co. Wexford, and Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath are currently coming on stream.

The Society has developed Dunfirth Farm near Enfield in 1983 as a model of excellence for people with Autism. Dunfirth Farm now provides for up to thirty seven young people with Autism, who live and work in a spacious rural environment. The Society provides a non-aversive environment designed to allow the person with Autism to grow and develop as much as possible. Dunfirth provides a range of activities including organic vegetable growing, poultry, woodwork, bakery and pottery production.

This year the Society is developing two similar services based on the Dunfirth model. Moygrehan House at Athboy, Co. Meath will provide for up to six young people with Autism.

 

A further four people will be provided with a service at Cluain Farm, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath. The Society is currently planning to develop further accommodation at Cluain Farm which will provide for up to 12 extra places over the next two or three years.
The services developed in collaboration with the regional Health Boards are designed to provide a high quality of life to people with Autism. The philosophy of the Society is based on a non-aversive approach, where the person with Autism is allowed to grow and develop to his potential despite the restricting nature of his Autism.

The award was presented to the Society on Saturday night (15th January, 2000) at a special televised show live from the Point Theatre presented by Mr. Gay Byrne.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Society, Mr. Pat Matthews, Executive Director, said that the award was a significant recognition of the Society as a national organisation which could provide high quality services to people with Autism.

“The award was an endorsement of the Society’s efforts over the last thirty or more years in advocating and campaigning on behalf of all people with Autism and their families”, he said.

Autism is a devastating condition which results in impaired communication and social skills. The person with Autism needs special help and assistance to overcome these barriers. On behalf of the Society, Mr. Matthews thanked everybody who has worked tirelessly over the years to gain improvement for people with Autism.

Woods sets up Task Force on Education

Education and Science Minister, Dr Michael Woods today announced the appointment of a Task Force to examine models of education provision for children with Autism. The Task Force, which will begin its work early in September, will report within three months. It will be chaired by Ms Sheelagh Drudy, Professor of Education at University College, Dublin.

"I am anxious to ensure that we make proper educational provision for children with Autism and that we make real progress in mainstreaming autistic children", said the Minister. He added that the report of the Task Force will be an important input into his decisions on how to improve the educational responses to the needs of these children. The Task Force will be assisted in its work by leading experts from Ireland, United States and Europe.

Dr Woods pointed out that the Government has already significantly improved the educational provision for children with special needs. For the first time children with special needs are entitled to an automatic response to those needs. "I am already allocating significant resources for educational provision for children with Autism and special classes are being established with a pupil teacher ratio of 6 to 1. However, I want to see how best to move forward for children with Autism and for this reason am establishing the Task Force to inform the development of policy in this area" he said.

The Task Force includes national and international experts. The Minister said he was setting the tight timescale because he is anxious to respond to the report as early as possible.

Details of the Terms of Reference are attached.


21 August, 2000.
Terms of Reference of Task Force on Autism

Having regard to the responsibility of the State to make adequate educational provision for all children with special needs, including children with autism.

Having regard to the distinct educational needs of certain children with autism.

Having regard to the State’s commitment to ensuring that the special educational needs of children with autism are properly addressed within the educational system.

Having regard to the range of special education provision and support services already made available to children with autism in special schools, special classes attached to ordinary schools; and in integrated settings, and

Having regard to the desirability of ensuring that the services made available to children with autism reflect best international practice.

The Task Force on Autism will:
Review the current range of educational provision and the support services available to children with autism in Ireland.

Assess the adequacy of current educational provision and support services, having regard to the range of special needs which can arise and the need to address such needs either in integrated settings or by way of special dedicated provision.

Make such recommendations as are considered appropriate for the development or adjustment of existing policy approaches, educational provision and support services, in order to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, effective and efficient education service to children with autism.

Make such further recommendations as the Task Force considers appropriate in relation to the above matters.

You are here: Irish Society for AutismLatest News
Copyright 2012 - Autism.ie | Irish Society for Autism. All Rights Reserved. Charity Number: CHY 5547 Registered Number: 20008529

Website Hosting By IE Internet.com | Website Maintenance By Graphic Mint