Survey: Half of Students with Autism Say Trinity Supports Inadequate During COVID

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some 52% of students with autism in Trinity said College is not doing enough to support them during the pandemic, according to a survey carried out by the Trinity Ability Co_op. Of those surveyed, 34% said that Trinity was also not providing enough support to students with autism before the pandemic …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 April]

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DCU set to become world’s first ‘autism friendly’ university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Patrick Brophy is part of the first generation of college students with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis who have entered third-level education for the first time. While his diagnosis of Asperger’s’s syndrome has held him back in some ways, Brophy says greater understanding on the part of fellow students and staff at Dublin City University helped him flourish …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Dublin City University to implement range of autism-friendly measures

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is to implement a range of measures to make life at the college more comfortable for students with autism. The decision follows a study carried out at the university, which identified issues that caused difficulty or discomfort for those with the condition …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 March]

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Creating an autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Going to college can be a difficult transition for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In school they may have received special support, but they can struggle when they have to make the change to third level, even if they are academically gifted …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 April]

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Do universities support their autistic academics?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2017 by steve

“Around 3% of students in higher education are autistic and universities are working hard to listen, understand and meet their needs. But the fact that autistic students can become autistic academics appears to have gone unnoticed …” (more)

[Margaret Prior, University World News, 3 March]


Dublin City University to become Ireland’s and Europe’s first autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s biggest universities Dublin City University (DCU) has recently revealed that they are aiming to become Ireland’s and Europe’s first autism-friendly campus …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien,, 20 January]

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Creating an autism friendly university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The transition to college can be a challenge for all, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the move to a new, and more independent learning environment can be very problematic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 January]


UCC should recognise that autism is a condition and not a disease

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I have Asperger’s Syndrome and two of my five wonderful children are also on the autism spectrum. I am a past student of University College Cork (UCC) and received a certificate in autism studies last October. I set up the advocacy group, Autistic Rights Together (ART), to give people a voice …” (more)

[Fiona O’Leary, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

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Leaving Cert maths results

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“… Students for whom maths is their place to shine, but who have specific language difficulties because, for example, they are dyslexic or on the autistic spectrum or where English is not their mother tongue, now find that they are struggling …” (more)

[Maria Walsh, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Educating the Spectrum at Ulster

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster is encouraging more young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to consider higher education. A one-day event hosted at the Jordanstown campus on Wednesday highlighted the wide range of support services available for students with ASD at Ulster and how to access them …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 8 March]

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International research team discovers gene link to autism

Posted in Research on June 10th, 2010 by steve

“A global research group including Irish scientists has discovered a cluster of genes linked to the mental disorder autism. Ireland played a key role, preparing and delivering a large part of the data and later analysis that helped to find the genes. The research took place under the Global Autism Genome Project. It involves the work of 120 scientists from more than 50 institutions in 19 countries …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 10 June]


Autism Scaremonger described as ‘Dishonest, Irresponsible and Callous’

Posted in Research on January 29th, 2010 by steve

“… That a scientist can hide data from other scientists is nothing new and that graduate students go along with the dishonesty of their supervisors is nothing new. As a graduate student, you are in a bit of a bind – if you go against this person who is in charge of your career, then where does this leave you? You might never graduate, your parents, friends and family will wonder about it and you don’t get the qualification and career that you dreamed about. So, stay quiet and get your qualification and move on …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 29 January]

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