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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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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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32 Marathons Challenge Blind Date Fundraiser in Aid of Autism Action - August 1st 2010

32 Marathon Challenge Fundraiser Night - Landmark Hotel, Carrick On Shannon - August 1st - 8.30pm till Late

The Challenge:   Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw will attempt to run 32 consecutive marathons in 32 counties in just 32 days! This promises to be a truly amazing accomplishment should they be successful. Their second last marathon will be in Leitrim on August 1st around the grounds of Lough Rynn Estate.

32 Marathons Challenge Blind Date Fundraiser in Aid of Autism Action - August 1st 2010
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National protest march - People with Disabilities Say No More Cuts!! Dublin, 7th July 2010

7 Jul 2010 12:00

Inclusion Ireland is co-coordinating a national protest march under the banner ‘People with Disabilities Say No More Cuts!’
People with a disability and their families and friend will meet at the Garden of Remembrance at 12pm on Wednesday 7th July, marching down O’Connell Street, before assembling outside Leinster House. 

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32 Marathons in 32 days for Autism. How you can help?

The Challenge:   Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw will attempt to run 32 consecutive marathons in 32 counties in just 32 days! This promises to be a truly amazing accomplishment should they be successful. Starting on Friday July 2nd 2010 they will visit the entire 32 counties running 26.2 miles each and every day.

This event is being co-ordinated and organised entirely by Irish Autism Action (Charity Number CHY 14656) and Autism NI (Charity Number XR 22944). In addition Gerry and Ken also wish to make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society (Charity Number CHY 5863).

32 Marathons in 32 days for Autism. How you can help?
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First Steps in ABA, Group Workshop with Dr Ken Kerr - Sligo, June 26th 2010 (3 days)

26 Jun 2010 10:00

Rainchild Network and Developing Ability Partnership are working together on possibility of running a number of special needs courses in Connaught region due to regular enquiries and sponsorship opportunity. We are pleased to announce the first course is the ...

First Steps in ABA
Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr
The Clarion Hotel, Sligo, Starting Saturday June 26th 2010 for three consecutive Saturdays

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Leitrim Summer 2010 Free Swimming Lessons. Free to all children / teenagers on the Autism Spectrum


Due to funding from the AIB better Ireland campaign and the co-operation of the local HSE autism services, RainChild Leitrim are delighted to offer your son or daughter free swimming lessons.

For children and teenager’s not availing of the Summer camp we are offering a block of four free one-to-one swimming lessons with a fully qualified swimming instructor, who specialises in special needs children, in Drumshanbo.

(We may be able to arrange different locations)

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Leitrim Summer 2010 Water Activity Camp. Free to all children / teenagers on the Autism Spectrum

22 Jul 2010 10:00

Due to funding from the AIB better Ireland campaign and the co-operation of the Leitrim HSE autism services, we are delighted to offer your son or daughter a place at the above activity camp.

Suitable for 8 years old to 16 years old.

The camp will run on Sunday 11nd July, Sunday 18th July and Thursday  22nd July. From 11am to 4pm.

It is located in the Lough Allen Adventure Centre, Ballinagleragh, Co Leitrim. (www.loughallenadventure.com)

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Request for research participants

 Hi all,  My name is Aoife and I am a postgraduate psychology student in Trinity College. At the moment I am conducting research on the adaptation of families with a child (or children) with autism spectrum disorders, their coping resources and resilience. The project is under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Nixon.

Questions and Answers
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Connacht Gold chooses Autism as their Charity of the Year, 2010

We are pleased to learn that Connacht Gold has selected Irish Autism Action to be its Charity of the Year for 2010.  Connacht Gold has always been very supportive of good causes in the community and this year they wish to help support local autism initiatives in the region.  As part of the partnership they will make a direct financial contribution and hope it can be supplemented through staff fund-raising efforts in 2010.
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