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Disability Studies / Disability Equality Studies at St Angela’s College (Spring 2016)

Can you imagine living in a world where a person might have an impairment but not be disabled? A world where, for example, a parent with a small child in a buggy and the wheelchair-user can travel equally comfortably.

A world where some of our school friends, fellow students and colleagues may have impairments that are seen as ‘normal’, because physical and social environments are accessible to everyone, equally.

Non-disabled people aren’t afraid of saying the wrong thing to a disabled person, because having an impairment, visible or hidden, is accepted as being part of the human condition, part of life, not something strange that should arouse sympathy. Instead, disabled people would be visible, empowered and participating in every sphere of public and private life.

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Special Needs children on short school days: Survey (Dec 2015)

Many children seem to be on a short school day for one reason or other. There is currently no data on this. Please ask your members to fill out this very short survey, it takes less than 2 minutes. The survey is at this link

We hope to lobby on this issue in 2016.

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Stories for you children with ASD

I am a mum from Bristol and I have been writing children's stories for young children which are based on our own  experiences with our son who has Aspergers.

I have four titles to date, these being:-  
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ASD - First 100 Days Kit

First 100 Days Kit (by Autism Speaks) is "A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis."  Highly recommended if  your child is has developmental delays and/or suspected/diagnosed Autism Spectrm Disorder.  (The booklet is at the bottom of this article)

What topics does the booklet cover? 

About Autism
Why was my child diagnosed with Autism? And what does it mean?
Why does my child need a diagnosis of Autism?.
How is Autism Diagnosed?.
What is Autism?.
More information on the Symptoms of Autism.,,
Unique Abilities that may Accompany Autism.
Physical & Medical Issues that may Accompany Autism.,

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Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

MORE than one in five people say they would object if a pupil with an intellectual disability or autism was in the same class as their child.

The disturbing statistic marks a growing level of intolerance of these children in the education system.

Just one in 12 said they would object when a similar study was carried out in 2006.

The findings of the survey of attitudes to people with a disability, released yesterday, also reveal almost one in four would not want a pupil with a mental health problem -- like psychiatric illnesses -- in the same class as their child, up from 21pc in 2006.

Just 48pc believe that children with sensory impairments such as deafness should attend the same schools as people with disabilities, down from 58pc in 2006.

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The Autism Jigsaw - 18-19th Oct 2011

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19 Oct 2011 16:00

The Shine Centre will hold the Autism Jigsaw Event in Cork on the 18th & 19th of October. 

This unique event is kindly sponsored by QUINNhealthcare and will bring the autism community together to share information, strategies and innovations and create better outcomes for our children and adults with autism. 

Great list of speakers and exhibitors, tickets just €20 (incl' lunch) €15 for students www.autismjigsaw.com.
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Good news for Abbey Community College in Boyle - 1/09/2011 (Shannonside FM)

The Abbey Community College in Boyle is being approved to deliver classes in Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
It's one of 39 schools nationwide to get the go ahead for the programme, which starts this September.
Roscommon based Senator John Kelly who’s welcoming the announcement, says it's important that these classes, which facilitate the education of children with severe autism, are part of the mainstream system, thereby aiding their integration into the wider school community.
It is expected that these classes will assist six children with ASD, which will be delivered by a dedicated teacher and two special needs assistants.

Local TD Frank Feighan is also welcoming the announcement.

Source: shannonside.ie, 1st Sept, 2011

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Four Autism Units announced for Galway schools - 1/09/2011 ( GalwayNews.ie)

Specialised facilities for children with autism have been announced for four Galway schools this term.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Units aim to integrate children with severe autism into the wider school community.

These facilities will be provided in Merlin Woods National School in Doughiska, Gort Community School, Archbishop McHale College in Tuam and Gairmscoil Mhuire in Athenry.

The 6 pupil classes are delivered by a dedicated teacher with the support of two special needs assistants.

Source: Galway News, 1st Sept 2011

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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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Survey Participants Wanted In Development Of Interactive Computer Program to Learn Daily Living Skills

Nicola Duffy is completing a Masters in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and have been funded by the Minister for Children and the National Children’s Strategy to conduct academic research in the area of autism and education. Nicola is currently looking for parents/guardians to partake in this research.

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Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - For Entry Autumn 2010

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme for school leavers with disabilities which operates on a reduced points basis.

DARE has been established by a number of higher education institutions as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.

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DARE Presentation (Jan 2010) is attached

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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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Irish Deaf Kids, supporting inclusive education

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Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education

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Irish Dept. of Education and Science (DES)

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