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Failte! Welcome to Rainchild Network

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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Review of all Special Needs Assistant Posts - Circular 0037/2009 [education.ie]

Notification of Transitional Arrangements being put in place in relation to the outcome of the review of all Special Needs Assistant posts in primary, special and post-primary schools by the National Council for Special Education

1. Introduction

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What happens now?

Photo: Don Moloney/Press 22. Story Source: Irish Times, 16/7/09.
Many parents of disabled children who are due to leave school say they will have nowhere to go as a result of health spending cuts, writes CARL O’BRIEN

BREDA PURCELL feels a gnawing sense of worry every time she thinks of her son’s future.

What happens now?
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ASD Class Refused for Carrigallen School

The refusal of a special class for children with Autism at Carrigallen National School in Leitrim is a huge blow.

Thats according to the Home School Community Liason officer Barbara Jones who says yesterdays annuncement is very disappointing for the teachers, children and parents involved.

The school has been refused a special class for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder despite the fact that no such class exists in any school in county Leitrim.

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SOLAS Assessment Center, Dublin

The Solas Centre was set up as a result of a conversation between 4 people in 2003 who identified the distinct lack of a cohesive provision of diagnostic services in Ireland. Cormac Rennick, Marc De Salvo, Servass Dobedier as founder members of IAA and parents of children with autism, and Allan Willis, Educational Psychologist, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for their project. Their climb was symbolic of the obstacles people with autism and their families have to climb every day.

SOLAS Assessment Center, Dublin
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IAA's CEO Kevin Whelan visiting Carrick on Shannon

28 May 2009 20:00
28 May 2009 21:30

Irish Autism Action (IAA) is pleased to announce an: Information Meeting - Irish Autism Action

Venue: The Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon

When: Thursday, 28th May, 8PM

Speaker: Kevin Whelan, CEO, IAA

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C.R.I.B. youth project Sligo

A new group has been established in Sligo for young people 12-18 yrs who have a sibling with special needs. This group is also open to young people who are helping to care for a family member other than a sibling.

This is managed by Foroige and provides a range of developmental programmes and activities. Contact Karina for more information on 071 9146525 or email karina.herlihy@foroige.ie

C.R.I.B Youth project & Health Cafe
Rockwood Parade

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Donegal Aspergers Support Group

Donegal Asperger's Support Group

Asperger's is a condition related to Autism. There is a number of young people with Aspergers in County Donegal and the position is that once they reach 18 there is no statutory support for them.

This group is made up of parents and carers of people with Aspergers and as well as a group where people can share experiences. At present the group are lobbying for improved services for adults in the community.

For further information contact: Mary or Rosaleen, 074 93 85548.

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Croagh Patrick Challenge

Croagh Patrick Challenge, Mayo

We are a group of people from Mayo, mainly parents, who got together to raise funds for children with Autism in Mayo. We organise an event every March called the "The Seven Day in a Row Croagh Patrick Challenge". Many people take on the challenge for the full 7 days and many others support us by climbing one or more days. Our main aim is to help fund the opening of an ABA School (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in Mayo.



Croagh Patrick Challenge
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Son’s 10-year exile across the water

The Impartial Reporter, 23rd April, 2009

Noel Bannon, a 21-year-old Enniskillen man who has autism, has had to live across the water for the last 10 years because nowhere in Northern Ireland could meet his special needs.

Noel's parents, Geraldine and Frank would love to bring him home but are faced with virtually insurmountable obstacles.

"Noel began Daldorch School in East Ayrshire, Scotland, which is run by the National Autistic Society, in 2000 after his placement in Northern Ireland broke down and he has remained there since," said Geraldine.

Son’s 10-year exile across the water
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Examining the Experiences and Information Needs of Parents of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Before/After Diagnosis

Examining the Experiences and Information Needs of Parents of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Before and After the Diagnosis

On Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 5:48 PM, Tara wrote:

Dear Parent,

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Facing Autism conference, June 2009, Belfast.

26 Jun 2009
27 Jun 2009

Facing Autism 2009 Conference Logo
The 4th Facing Autism 2009 - Ireland conference. The conference theme will be Effectively Educating for Life. The speakers will be: Gina Green, Bill Ahern, Bobby Newman, Karen Wagner, Neil Martin (all BCBA).

The conference is organised by the Queen's University Belfast, PEAT and the University of Ulster. For more information, contact: Lynsay mulcahy - PEAT, 028 9032 4882, email: info@peatni.org

Venue: Europa Hotel, Belfast

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World Autism Day, April 2009

The United Nations has declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day, to increase and develop world knowledge of autism. By bringing together autism organisations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to make this possible.

World Autism Day, April 2009
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Stand Up for Autism Rally, Northern Ireland

31 Mar 2009

World Autism Awareness Day

2 April is World Autism Awareness Day. To mark the day, and to encourage both awareness and support for people who have, or care for someone with, autism, there will be a rally on the steps of Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on 31 March.

'Stand Up for Autism' Rally Northern Ireland on the steps of Parliament Buildings, Stormont, 31 March 2009 (12.30pm - 1.30pm).

Show our MLAs the real Faces of Autism

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Autism Awareness March, London, March 28th, 2009

28 Mar 2009

Open Your Eyes To Autism March, London UK, Saturday March 28th, 2009 at 2pm.
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Treating Autism Conference, Bournemouth, UK

The Treating Autism 2nd International Biomedical Conference and Exhibition will be held in the Bournemouth International Centre March 12th to 14th 2009. See: http://www.treatingautism.co.uk/events for more details.

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Roscommon County Youth Theatre takes to the stage with "Understanding Marcus" [Roscommon Herald, 8/11/08]

Roscommon County Youth Theatre takes to the stage with "Understanding Marcus"

AFTER THE success of 'Car Show' last January in Roscommon and again at Boyle Arts Festival in the summer, Roscommon County Youth Theatre returns to Roscommon Arts Centre with a new production, 'Understanding Marcus' by Veronica Coburn.

The performance will take place on 5th and 6th December, 2008, with a special schools show at 12 noon on the Friday and two 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday for the general public.

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Upgrading of services for children with Autism sought [Roscommon Herald, June 08]

Upgrading of services for children with Autism sought

THE NEED to upgrade and update services for children with Autism throughout County Roscommon was raised at a recent meeting of the HSE West Regional Health Forum in Galway.

Cllr Eugene Murphy called on the HSE to outline the services available to children with autism in County Roscommon. The HSE pointed out that children on the Autistic Spectrum were provided with services through two different service streams in County Roscommon.

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Hope of progress on autism school in Kiltimagh (western people, 2/4/08)

Story: Western People Newspaper, April 2nd 2008

Hope of progress on autism school in Kiltimagh

EFFORTS to open a special school in Mayo for children with autism could make significant progress next month. Mayo Autism Action has renovated a building which it rents from the IRD in Kiltimagh. Everything has been ready since January and the group is now hoping that an American expert in autism eduction might take up management of the new school in May.

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Centre for Early Autism Treatment (CEAT)

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Stony River Blog

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MicroBoard Association of Ireland

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Irish Autism Action (IAA)

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