Children with Autism“It’s not a label. Tins of beans have a label. It’s a diagnosis.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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On Tuesday, Ray D’Arcy invited two women into studio to speak about their experiences as parents of children living with autism. We heard from blogger and mum of three Fay Hayden, whose 11-year old son Patrick is living with autism, she’s also mum to 13 year old Saoirse and 6 year old Erin; and Elaine Healy, mum to 8 year …

Being diagnosed with autism as an adult‘I went 27 years without knowing.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Comedian, illustrator and creator of Your One Nikita, Aoife Dooley, was recently diagnosed with autism at the age of 27. She joined Ray D’Arcy to talk about the process of being diagnosed and what has happened since. After 3pm on @RTERadio1 illustrator, comedian & author @Aoife_Dooley is going to be chatting to Ray about finding out that she is autistic. pic.twitter.com/oj7OtuRzqz — Ray D'Arcy Radio (@RadioRayRTE) …

High Functioning Autism‘We had one child who was able to look in the direction of a teacher who he hadn’t been able to look in the direction of before.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Native Galway girl Ciara-Beth Ní Ghríofa is an eighteen-year-old who is on a mission to show the world that autism does not define you as a person. Along with studying for her Leaving Certificate this year, she is also developing a new app to help autistic people become more comfortable with eye contact.  My Contact is due to be released in …

Autism-Friendly University“It’ll be the first time ever that a university is taking a whole-campus approach.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dublin City University will, on Thursday, become the country’s first autism-friendly university, and will be designated as such by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins. But, Seán O’Rourke wanted to know, what does it mean to be an autism-friendly institution? Joining Seán to answer that question were Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, from DCU’s School of Nursing & Human Sciences, and …

Strangled by 8-year-old autistic son, nearly passing out. How do you feel?“Alone, abandoned by our state, fearful for our future.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The clip attached, just 2 minutes from an extraordinary 18 minute interview with husband and wife, Edel and Anton Dooley, is one of the most powerful pieces of radio you will hear this or any other day. It’s also extremely distressing listening. It will open your eyes. It may make you sad. It may well make you angry. Edel and …

19-year-old girl with Autism‘The Debs is coming up but she has no-one to go with. She has no girl friends whatsoever.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For generations of teenagers in Ireland, the ritual of the Debs ball has been a rite of passage, a mark of transition from secondary school, often accompanied by increased independence, entering work or college, perhaps even leaving the family home. It is, in other words, a huge deal. But for some, the Debs can be a traumatic experience, associated with …

Life with Autism ‘Growing up, few people knew about my autistic twin. I couldn’t risk anyone rejecting him’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When the documentary, Life, Animated, was released last year, its moments of joy, heartbreak and revelation resonated with many people who have experienced autism in their families. The film told the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until his family learned to communicate with him using the voices of the classic …