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This is a Autism Spectrum Disorder information magazine for families, individuals, teachers and  groups in NorthWest Ireland focussed on Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Mayo, Fermanagh. To use social networking, please register. We hope this website helps to connect people and assists in bridging the information gap between whats needed and whats available.

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Cuts to special needs resources deplorable (Letters, Irish Times, 1/4/2011)

Cuts to special needs resources deplorable

Friday April 01 2011

As a primary school teacher and a parent, I deplore the latest cynical move by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) which has "paused" any resource hours being allocated to any child with special needs.

Resulting from their latest circular, no new child presenting with special needs will be granted resource hours, but must be included in mainstream classes.

The DES has two huge questions to answer, in accounting for this action. How are they cherishing and supporting the child with special needs, by reducing/removing their support system? And how are they cherishing the children without special needs, who will have drastically reduced access to teacher time?

Maire Lineen
Dunboyne, Co Meath


Source: Letters Page, Irish Times, 1st April 2011

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Autism Awareness Day in Mullingar Saturday 2nd April 2011


In-door Adventure Play CentreKidz & Co in Mullingar are hosting their third World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2nd April 2011.  The United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day to increase and develop world knowledge of autism.   There is free entry for families who are a member of a local or national ASD group (please specify which organisation on reception).   

Dr Penny Rogers (Clinical Psychologist) will be doing free screening for Autism all day (11.00 to 5.00pm), which will help parents to decide whether they need to obtain a diagnostic assessment to rule out an Autism Spectrum Disorder.   There will also be information available on Autism Spectrum Disorders and free face-painting.  Collection buckets available for local Autism charities. 

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Nenagh Indoor Sensory Arena


Nenagh Indoor Sensory Arena is a project of a new Irish Charity, ARC Eireann.

The charity has been set up by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders to support the child, the siblings, the parents and the extended family when it comes to understanding how autism effects the child and those around them.

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MWB Autism Support Group are holding an OPEN support meeting for all parents/ carers of children or adults with Autism as follows:


Date and Time : 29th March 2011 at 8.30 pm

Venue:   Family Life centre Longford

For details please contact Michael Bryson on 0879877342

This meeting is open to all people interested in Autism

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Asperger Syndrome Research Student, help wanted (20/Mar/2011)

Does your child have Aspergers Syndrome?

 My name is Marie Carthy and I am conducting research to explore the impact on parents when their child is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. I am a 4th year Counselling &  Psychotherapy student at Dublin Business School. I currently offer a counselling service in Mullingar with IAA to parents of children on the Autism Spectrum and to adults with Aspergers Syndrome.

 In order to carry out this important research, I need your help. I will need to interview parents of children who have Aspergers Syndrome. By interviewing parents I will gain an understanding of the impact the diagnosis has on parents and their family life.

 Interviews will only take 30-40 minutes.  Personal information, names of interviewees will be strictly confidential and will not be mentioned in the research paper.

Questions and Answers
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Dietary and Nutritional Interventions for ASD, Half-Day Conference, Ennis, 26/Mar/2011

26 Mar 2011 09:30
26 Mar 2011 12:30

Is your child affected by some of the following?  

Bowel problems, constipation / diarrohea, fussy eater, poor sleep, poor eye contact, history of ear infections, dark circles under eyes, poor speech, hyperactivity, eating non food items, craves milk / yoghurts /bread

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Parents Support Network - Open Meeting - Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm

15 Feb 2011 20:30

Supporting Families with Disabilities


For parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Aspergers,Downs Syndrome etc.

Where: At the Sligo Park Hotel

When: Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm.

Sligo Parents Support Network
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Carers Meet the Candidates Evening, Roscommon South/ Leitrim 17/Feb/2011

17 Feb 2011 20:00

The Carers Association Roscommon has organised a Carers Meet the Candidates Evening for Carers from the Roscommon South/ Leitrim Constituency

All Candidates have been invited, and have indicated that they will be in Attendance:

Date: - Thursday 17th February, 2011, 08.00pm

Venue: - Hannon's Hotel Roscommon

This evening is for you if you are a Carer/ perhaps you were a Carer don’t forget you might be a Carer in the future, its vital that the rights and entitlements of Carers are on the table of Government at all times. 

We all are at some stage visited with the role of Caring. 

Carers Association Roscommon
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Seminar: Asperger's Syndrome - Current Research and Practice

18 May 2011 09:30
18 May 2011 16:30

Asperger's Syndrome: Current Research and Practice

With Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Jacqui Jackson
18th of May 2011; 9.30 - 4.30
at the Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley

The Centre for Autism Practice is pleased to bring Professor Tony Attwood  and Dr Jacqui Jacksonto Ireland for this inspirational seminar on Asperger’s syndrome and higher functioning autism.

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Information Sessions, Disability Access Route to Education, 22-Jan-2011

22 Jan 2011 10:00
22 Jan 2011 14:00
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme which offers college places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been established by a number of colleges as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.
Information Sessions will be held on Saturday 22nd January 2011, 10am-2pm in following locations:
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Ribbon Rhythm Festival (for Autism), Donegal, 26/27 Feb 2011

26 Feb 2011 13:30
26 Feb 2011 13:30
The inaugural Ribbon Rhythm Festival will provide a weekend of great music in aid of a good cause in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday, February 26, and Saturday 27, 2011.
This brand new two-day musical spectacular has already attracted a stellar line-up of acts and it is planned to run it on an annual basis. The 2011 festival will raise much-needed funds for the Donegal Autism Parent's Support  Group and to increase awareness of its work in the county.
Ribbon Rhythm Festival, Donegal
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National Dairy Council and Connacht Gold raise Euro2000 for Autism, Sligo (Dec/2010)

Over 400 people attended the 3rd annual National Dairy Council and Connacht Gold health and wellbeing evening in Sligo’s Clarion Hotel. The event was open to the public free of charge, with €2,000 raised towards Irish Autism Action - Connacht Gold’s Charity of the Year - through raffle ticket sales on the night.
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Christmas Party for all children and adults with ASD

Free Christmas party open to all individuals with autism - children and adults and their parents and siblings on the 12th December 2010 from 3 pm to 6pm at the Shannon key West Hotel Rooskey, Co Leitrim.  Refreshments will be served.  The aim of this evening is to make this a fun event suitable for all ages.  Please phone or text Michael Bryson on 087 9877342 RVSP to Michael Bryso by 8th December (we need a idea of numbers for food).

Santa will pay a visit on the day (please leave a gift wrapped and label with you child(ren) names on them at reception and santa will present this gift to your child(ren).  Please note the value of the gift shall be no more than €10 .

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MWB Autism support meeting

MWB Autisim Suppot are holding their next meeting as follows:

Date November 25th

Time 8.30pm

Venue Family Life centre

Guest Speaker will be Declan Sweeny from Reconnect Autism.org who will speak on An Introduction to the Relationship Development Intervention Program.  A Family Centred Developmental approach to the treatement of ASD.

This is open to all parents, carers and people working with Autism or anyone interested in Autism.

For more details contact Michael Bryson on 087 9877342

Hope to see you there

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Music Therapy Ireland Event (10/Nov/2010)

10 Nov 2010 19:30

Music Therapy Ireland

Invites you to a presentation:

Music Therapy: Special Needs and Autism

Venue: The Factory, Galvone Industrial Estate, Southill, Limerick

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Great blogger - autistic


Aaron Likens Blog

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MWB Autism Support Meeting, Guest Speaker Dr Brian McClean, Longford, 21/Oct/2010

21 Oct 2010 20:30

MWB Autism support are a support group based in Longford but has members from Roscommon, Cavan, Leitrim, Westmeath.  MWB Autism Support are holding their next support meeting as follows:

Date:    October 21st
Time:    8:30pm
Venue:  The Family Life Centre, Longford  

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Free Family Fun day for Autistic children and families, Bawnboy, Cavan, Sat 30/Oct/2010

30 Oct 2010 18:15
30 Oct 2010 18:15

RainChild Network, autism in your community, invites you to a free family event day:

Date:    Saturday 30th of October
Time:    1
 – 4pm
Venue:  Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre Bawnboy, Co.Cavan.  

The family day is free of charge to Families with children on the autism spectrum and siblings.  

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AIB fund RainChild Summer Camps (Leitrim Observer, 3/9/2010)

RainChild has developed a 3 day water based summer camp for students with Autism in the area, thanks to funding of €5,000 from AIB Ballinamore. The funding, awarded under the 2010 AIB Better Ireland Programme, has allowed the children involved with the group to develop their life skills, communication skills and build self-confidence.

It also provided the children with the opportunity to socialise with their peers in a fun, supervised environment as they try new activities such as water sports and swimming.

RainChild AIB Better Ireland 2010 Summer Camp, Lough Allen Adventure Center
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Mirenda Rosenberg Autism Fundraiser Concert, BallyShannon, 9/Sept/2010

9 Sep 2010 20:30
I’m a superhero. By day I parent two little boys with Autism, by night (and weekends) I don an evening gown, grab a radio mic and perform soul music in front of crowds of people. I’m lucky to have such a release, but so many autistic families aren't. 

...I’m every kind of excited to announce that our Charity this year is the Autism Family Support Group, Donegal. This organization helps families by providing seminars, summer programs, and family support as well as creating Autism Awareness. 
Mirenda Rosenberg
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Parents angry over special needs cuts (Irish Examiner, 27/8/2010)

Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, Friday, August 27, 2010

PARENTS of special needs children said they face further cutbacks after the Department of Education confirmed children signed up for the free preschool year will have specialist home tuition hours cut. 

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Boy pens letter to reveal need for respite care (Aug 24, 2010)

My name is Stephen and I’m a 14-year-old boy living with a sister who suffers from autism and ADHD.  Life is very hard having a sister with special needs – it’s all about Lorna. 

The mornings are always a struggle in our house, as it’s Lorna’s way or no way. She dictates when she gets up, how she gets washed, and even the way I eat my breakfast. If I go against Lorna in the slightest way, all hell will break loose. 

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Fraud Investigation at Sligo's Cregg House (SligoToday 21/7/2010)

Sligo Today News, 21/7/2010, www.sligotoday.ie
Gardai are believed to have initiated an investigation into the reported theft of thousands of euro from a fund set up to manage the day-to-day spending of clients of the Cregg House facility for people with intellectual disability. There are currently approximately 200 special needs children and adults dependent on the service provided at the Ballincar premises.
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Connacht Gold, Sports and Social Club Golf Classic, Autism Fundraiser, Ballyhaunis, 26/Aug/10

26 Aug 2010 08:00

Connacht Gold Sports and Social Club are holding a Golf Classic which is taking place on Thursday 26th August 2010  to raise funds for Irish Autism Action and local Autism Groups.

Connacht Gold have issued open invite to any local Autism Groups members, individual families and/or friends of Autism in West and North West Region.

Please see attached flyer for details.

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Parents views on securing educational placement - Research Participants requested. This study is now supported by the Irish Society for Autism

27 Jul 2010 13:35
17 Oct 2010 13:35
Hello, my name is Avril Carroll and I am the Head Researcher in a study which aims to uncover parents views on the process of securing primary educational placement for children with autism in Ireland. This study is being conducted in association with the Open University under the supervision of Dr. Sue Cave.
Participation in this study involves completion of an anonymous postal questionnaire which takes between 15-20 minutes and can help inform research in this neglected area.
If you would like to participate in the study and have your views heard, please email avril@autismeducationstudy.com or phone/text 087-7592131 with your name and address for an information pack.

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