Boy, 13, with autism on hospital ward due to shortage of places in residential disability services

A 13-year-old boy with autism is spending his 12th day on a children’s hospital ward because of a shortage of places in residential disability services.

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Autism-friendly family day announced for Tayto Park

A special Autism Awareness Day will take place this weekend in Tayto Park.

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Open-door policy: Autism-friendly hotel in Cork

Awareness-training plays vital role, says Helen O’Callaghan

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'I've tried every school in south Cork' - Distraught mother has nowhere to send autistic daughter in September

Compared with other children her age, Sophie McGoldrick is classed as non-verbal but her smile when she attends her pre-school says everything.

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Anger over unused autism centre in Kerry

Five years after the completion of a €1.3m residential centre for adults with autism, the Co Kerry facility remains unoccupied.

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A new generation of invisible children

Seán O’Sullivan and his wife Tish Durcan left Ireland in July 2015 bound for their native USA.

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Proud to be on the spectrum: Thousands speak out on World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April, and Twitter users have been sharing their experiences of the condition.

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Sinn Féin to put forward motion in Dáil for autism strategy

Bullying, unemployment and mental health difficulties are some of the main difficulties facing people who are autistic.

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Cork Hotel partners with The Rainbow Club to become more 'Autism-Friendly'

The Cork International Hotel has chosen The Rainbow Club's Cork Centre for Autism as its charity partner for 2019 with an aim to make the hotel more 'autism-friendly'.

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Mammies can only take so much abuse before they go to pieces

This year’s new autism strategy must see disabled children as part of a family eco-system which needs careful preservation, writes Victoria White

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Parents could sue over late children’s needs assessments

The State could face an avalanche of legal actions from children with special needs if the system to assess their needs is not rectified, according to a leading children’s rights solicitor.

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Moving the goalposts won’t solve the problem of autism assessment wait lists

Every year sees more and more delayed autism assessments. The HSE has a proposal to fix the problem, but is it simply a case of lack of resources? Michael Clifford reports

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'He set fire to my microwave. He's eaten the cupboards.' Mother pleas for help for autistic son

A mother has made an emotional plea for respite care for her autistic son whose condition, and the lack of help she has received, has caused her to make an attempt on her own life.

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Report finds SNAs 'feel persistently anxious at the prospect of losing their job'

A new report indicates that while teachers and parents believe that schools are doing their best to include pupils on the autism spectrum, it is with limited access to State resources.

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Parents of children with autism ‘are totally afraid to speak out’

A couple with a child on the autism spectrum has tried to get a place for their son in 26 different schools — without success.

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Dylan’s parents are learning the hard way that autistic children are not a priority

Ian Diamond and his wife, Josie, have failed to secure a place for their autistic son in 26 schools and are unable to find a home tutor willing to stay long-term. Every day is a gruelling battle for their rights, says Michael Clifford.

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New strategy to improve autism services to be published next year

The country's longest-established dedicated charity for people with autism has given a cautious welcome to the roll-out next year of a first-ever autism plan.

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Blast off! Space-mad boy with autism inspires doll for kids on the spectrum

It was blast-off for one boy’s development after happening to watch a rocket launch. Now he’s got his very own space doll, writes Áilín Quinlan

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Clonakilty becomes first autism-friendly town

The naming of Clonakilty as the country’s first official ‘Autism Friendly Town’ can act as a blueprint for other areas around the country, according to the autism advocacy group AsIAm.

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Families bear bulk of costs of caring for kids with autism

The annual cost to families of caring for a child with autism is double what the State spends on autism-related health, social, and educational resources, according to a new study.

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Constant companion: Assistance dog Clive gives opens up a new world for Murray

Assistance dogs can play a vital role in the lives of people with autism, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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What is Asperger syndrome? As Niall from Love Island reveals why he left the show

The former contestant broke his silence to fans on Instagram.

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How supermarkets are making it easier for families with autistic children

For a child with autism a busy supermarket, with its glaring lights and background noise, can be overwhelming. Now, stores are making changes to make it easier for families, writes John Daly.

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Chris Packham: There is a lot I like about having Asperger’s

Packham was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2005.

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'No going back' - Mother vows to stay at hospital until HSE grant residential care to son with severe autism

Latest: A Rialto woman whose description of the plight of her son Caoimh attracted widespread sympathy on social media recently says she has travelled with him by ambulance with to Crumlin Children's Hospital tonight.

 

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Hormone treatment 'can boost some social abilities in children with autism'

Treatment with the "cuddle" hormone oxytocin can improve the social abilities of some children with autism, research has shown.

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Homeopath's ad hinted she could treat symptoms of autism

A homeopath has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) not to run a Facebook advert in its current form again as it gave the impression she could treat the symptoms of autism.

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Harris urged to criminalise controversial bleach 'cure' for autism

Health Minister Simon Harris is facing calls to criminalise the use of bleach as a controversial “cure” for autism under child abuse laws, writes Joe Leogue.

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Autism charity in danger of missing out on €300k

Hundreds of thousands of euro worth of funding has been withheld from the country's largest autism charity.

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US film studio threatens to sue Cork autism-rights advocate

A US film studio has threatened to sue an Irish autism-rights advocate if she continues to speak out against its controversial anti-vaccine documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.

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Don't be afraid to ask questions about autism, says mother

The mother of four young boys with autism says the more people speak about the disorder the better.

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