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    Connect Family Network information events (23 and 29 Nov/2017)

    23 Nov 2017 10:53
    29 Nov 2017 15:00

    Dear Family Members and Friends,


    Connect Family Network
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    Foyle Sailability - Sailing and Marine Activities - (7th June 2016) - Greencastle

    7 Jun 2016 11:00
    7 Jun 2016 15:00

    Hi Guys

    Bookings are now open for our sailing day at Greencastle Pontoons, Co. Donegal

    on Tuesday 7th June from 11am - 3pm.  

    The following vessels will be available on the day:
    Hansa Dinghies (one person, one instructor)
    Passenger Boat (max 12 people including carers)
    Clipper Canoes (max 10 people including carers and instructors)
    Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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    2016 Foyle Sailability Season

    14 May 2016 09:00
    12 Aug 2016 16:57
    We are delighted to announce our 2016 Foyle Sailability Season:
    14th May, Foyle Marina - Go With the Flow, Try Sailing! - 11am-3pm
    At the Go With the Flow event we will be providing taster sailing sessions to newcomers.
     We can cater for a total of 18 people with disabilities/disadvantage
    in 3 hansa dinghies (no passenger boat or clipper canoes available on
    this day).  Booking is essential.
    7th June, St Kilda Send Off Regatta, Pontoons, Greencastle - 11am-3pm
    Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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    Foyle Sailability Regatta, Derry (11,12 June 2015)

    11 Jun 2015 11:00
    12 Jun 2015 04:00

    Please find attached information leaflet on sailing and water activity opportunities for people with disabilities at Foyle Marina 11 & 12 June 2015 11am - 4pm. A disabled hoist will be available for wheelchair users. I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached information through your networks and members.

    Foyle Sailability
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    Studying the transition into mainstream schools (17/4/15)

    I am currently studying Child Psychology online and am at a loss with an assignment. It is a case study based on a 10 year old girl with Autism. She is leaving school in 6 weeks time and will enter in to mainstream in September. She uses Lamh and PECS to communicate. She has visited her mainstream school several times and uses her PEC book to communicate with her SNA. She gets frustrated with other children as they cannot communicate with Lamh. Her parents are concerned with her as she is very tired in the evenings and not herself. Her mother had to collect her early from Primary School as Annie began to scream and no one knew what to do. 

    I need to describe a short term way, medium term way and long term way of providing for continuity and change as she moves to a new school. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Research in experiences of parenting a child with ASD (3rd March 2015)

    I am a fourth year IT Sligo student and am studying social care. I am currently working on my final year research project which is looking at experiences of parenting a children with ASD. 

    I am looking at certain themes including parenting stress, coming to terms with the diagnosis, dealing with challenging behaviour, self-care and experiences with support services. 

    If you are a parent of a child with ASD and are available to answer a few questions I would appreciate it hugely and it would help me out so much.
    My email is , please feel free to send me an email if you would like more information or would be interested in taking part in my research. 

     Kind regards, 


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    Foyle Sailability Water-based activity - Greencastle, Donegal (14/Aug/14)

    14 Aug 2014 11:00

    A Chara, 

    Foyle Sailability is a cross-border voluntary organisation aimed at facilitating people with all types of disabilities access to water based activities. We successfully delivered a 2 day regatta in June (a few days before the Clipper boats arrived) where 120 people with disabilities from across the North West took to the water in specially adapted dinghies, clipper canoes and a motor boat. 

     We have received funding from Donegal County Council to run an event in Greencastle, Co. Donegal on 14 Aug from 11am-4pm and a disabled hoist will be available. 

    This is a free event but booking is essential and forms (from the attachment) should be returned to or to Foyle Disability Resource Centre, Glen Road, Derry, BT48 0BX by Friday 8 August. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

    Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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    Meetups of Autistic Adults in Sligo And Its Surroundings (2014)

    Dear Sirs and Madams,

    I am in the process of organising the first meetup of autistic adults in Sligo. It is not meant to be a support group as such, just an opportunity to get to know and hang out with each other. Teenagers are welcome to join.

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    Feeding your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

    Have you experienced difficulties with food with your child? Maybe feeding problems have not been an issue for your child? 

    The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) in National University of Ireland, Galway are interested in hearing about your experiences with feeding issues with a child or adolescent aged 3 to 17 years with autism.

     We are interested in understanding how feeding problems affect a child’s gastrointestinal symptoms, sensory problems and challenging behaviour. 

    Even if your child doesn’t have these symptoms, we can still learn a lot from your information on why some children have these symptoms and others do not. 

    Please click below to learn more.

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    connection to Dyspraxia?

    very new to this.

    My son is currently under assessment for Dyspraxia and there is also a query for mild autism.  He is showing a lot of the signs for dyspraxia and some sensory signs under the AS. I filled in an assessment of needs form because after an appointment with a pediatrician, we were told it would take two years for a clinical psychological report.

    He is 11 this month and 2 yrs is a long time. a very nice lady called yesterday and chatted with my son, she said he met the criteria and said he should start his assessment in January.

    Just wondered has anyone out there similar situation, regarding the mild autism. as some days my son is completely fine and others he is quite a handful. as i said this is all very new and im a little lost. iv read as much as i can about this but perhaps talking to others in similar situations might help.

    thanks :)

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    Identifying Risk Factors in Autism (NUIG Study 2013/2014)

    The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is rising in prevalence worldwide. We, here in NUIG, are would like to investigate some potential risk factors associated with this increasing trend.

    Specifically, we are interested in studying the differences in brain size that occur prenatally in the womb.

    Some previous studies demonstrated that the brains of children with Autism are smaller at birth which may suggest that differences in brain maturation may be occurring during their development in the womb. We expect that prenatal ultrasound records will help us determine if any differences in the size of the brain are present before birth.

    Participation in this study involves giving us permission to view your ultrasound pregnancy scans that are stored in hospitals in the West of Ireland. All information would be confidential and anonymised so that your child’s records would not be identified.

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    Research/Survey on Positive Psychology (NUIG, April 2013)

    Dear parent/carer

    My name is Martina Herbert, I am currently studying for a Masters in Health Psychology in NUIG.  Having worked as a nurse for a long time I am interested in studying ways to increase well-being and reduce stress for carers/parents and I am looking for a number of people to take part in a study.

    Questions and Answers
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    iCare "Jungle of the Mind" Conference (Buncrana, 5/4/13)

    5 Apr 2013
    Conference: 'Jungle of The Mind'
    We are delighted to announce that i.C.A.R.E. (Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education) will be hosting a conference called the 'Jungle of the Mind' sharing innovation and promoting best practice,which takes place on Friday 5th April 2013 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.  This conference suits all disabilities and levels of autism. 

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    RainChild water activity camp 2012

    12 Aug 2012 11:00
    26 Aug 2012 16:00


    RainChild Water
    Activity Camp Summer 2012

    by Leitrim Development Company and Keadue’s annual pony drive

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    NEW Sensory Room for Special Needs Children in Mohill Library. 28th/Sept/2011

    28 Sep 2011

    Leitrim County Council has installed a sensory room for children with special needs in its library in Mohill.  This will provide educational and therapeutic supports for these children in a fun environment.

    It is envisaged that when it is open the room will be booked in advance by parents and carers of children with special needs who will accompany them and assist them when using the equipment. There will be no charge for the use of the facilities.

    Autism Boy and Bubbles
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    Carers Association urges carers to join campaign (OceanFM, 7/6/2011)

    The Carers Association in Sligo is urging carers across the North West
    to join them in the fight for a better life for those in the profession. There are currently over 2400 carers in Sligo.

    The organisation has unveiled its "One Voice" Campaign in the wake of
    last week's Prime Time Investigates programme, which conducted extensive research into the effects of cuts on family carers.  The programme found that 82 percent of carers have been affected by cutbacks in State services.

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    First Steps in ABA, Group Workshop with Dr Ken Kerr, Sligo, June 2011

    11 Jun 2011 10:00
    11 Jun 2011 16:30

    First Steps in ABA
    Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr
    , Sligo Park Hotel, SLIGO

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    Protest - Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours, Radisson Hotel, Sligo (25/4/11)

    25 Apr 2011 15:00

    Peaceful protest re Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours on Easter Monday 25th April

    The Radisson Hotel near Rosses point in Sligo At 3pm.
    Ruairi Quinn will be attending a meeting at 4pm

    Bring a laminated photo of your kids on A4 size paper with a little writing below similar to the montage

    ...Carry red,yellow & blue Balloons

    Wear red,yellow or Blue to represent the primary colours/our kids...
    Spread the word!
    Thanks -Give our kids their SNAs...
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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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    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.

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