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“I just want him to have an education”

A SHANNON mother has this week opened up about the struggle she is having to get her little son a place in an ASD unit, when he begins national school in September. Lesleyanne Casey is a mother of three, who lives in Cluain Airne. At the moment her youngest son, five-year-old Noah attends an early intervention class in Stonehall, where he has made huge progress. “His speech when he first went there was basically non-existent. It has really improved. He’s more sociable. He’s just come along so much; he has matured that little bit as well. “He loves being out there, loves being the centre of attention. The kids inside in that school are fantastic. They’re very open-minded, all of the children, all the staff. “They run lots of days of autism awareness and they make them feel like they’re the most important people in the world, which is brilliant.” She says the staff there are immense, while she praises …

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Valerie Vocalises Vaccine Link

AN EAST Clare woman who believes that her son’s severe autism may be linked to vaccines he received in early childhood has launched a campaign calling for all new-born children to be screened for vulnerability to potential side-effects. Valerie O’Shaughnessy from Scariff sought the support of members of Clare County Council who approved a motion calling on Minister Simon Harris to introduce such a national screening protocol. The motion will now go before all other local authorities in the State. Valerie told The Clare Champion that her own experience, combined with ongoing personal research and review of the scientific evidence, has led her to the conclusion that children, like her own son Dara, who have compromised immune systems, are potentially at risk from the administration of live vaccines. “I have a social conscience I have a moral duty,” she says. “And I trying to bring this to the fore because I’m concerned about Irish children. I’m concerned about Irish families, I’ve lived …

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Andy pedals from Scotland to Shannon for autism awareness

CURRENTLY based in Scotland, local man Andy Moloney is preparing to cycle from his new home back to Shannon, while raising awareness of autism and funds for groups that help with the condition. “I’m leaving Edinburgh on September 3 and then I have two days cycling in Scotland. Then I get on the ferry to Belfast and then cycle from Belfast to Shannon and that’s three days,” he says. In all, the journey is justunder 850 kilometres. Andy’s seven-year-old son Ellis has been diagnosed with autism, leading Andy to take on the challenge. “I wanted Scotland to benefit because I’m over here but I know seven families in the last 10 or 11 years who have had children with autism. As much as I wanted to do something over here, I wanted to do something in Ireland and Shannon too. I figured the best way to do it was to go from here to Shannon.” Last Saturday Wolfe Tones hosted …

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“step into the shoes” of young people with Autism

  A national and local Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) support group have united to help people “step into the shoes” of young people with this condition. AsIam and Ennis Voices for Autism (EVA) are delighted to invite people to AsIam’s new Youthhub – “The Autism Experience” exhibition in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Thursday, October 20 from up to to 8pm and Friday, October 21 from 10am to 3pm. This unique free pop up exhibition will help people to understand what it would be like if they could not read or see words clearly or could not understand what people are saying because they couldn’t comprehend their language. Supported by the Department of Justice, it will simulate an experience of what is like not being able to hear directions because a person can only hear all the surrounding noise and can’t communicate using their voice. It will show what is like to be hungry but not wanting to eat because …

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Liam’s skydive for Miltown GAA Club

Sixteen-year-old Liam O’Halloran Bryant, from Church Street in Miltown Malbay, is going to great heights to fundraiser for the Miltown St Joseph’s underage football club. On September 11, he will travel to Dublin to the Irish Parachute Club to undertake a skydive, which he hopes will raise significant funds for the Miltown club. Born in England, Liam returned to Miltown, where he resides with his mother, Pauline, who is a native of Miltown. “At the age of three, Liam was diagnosed with autism and we returned home when he was five, as he was about to start school. He went to the special autism unit in Inagh and he was one of the first students to graduate into mainstreem education at fourth class at the school,” Liam’s mother Pauline explained this week. Liam then joined Miltown GAA Club and was part of a juvenile team, under Maurice Reidy. “Maurice and his fellow officials were great and involved Liam as part …

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Appeal for missing assistance dogs

An Autism assistance dog and a puppy in training are missing since Monday at 10pm from the Lisbealad/Kilronan area of Dunmanway in County Cork. The assistance dog is a Labrador and the puppy in training is a Golden Retriever. They are both wearing red collars with ID tags and are both microchipped. “Indie has been with the Kingston family for four years and is for their son, James. Quinney is one of our puppies in training and is 18 months and is shortly due to start her official training. “It is very important that these dogs are found and returned to their family. Indie is the assistance dog for James and he is devastated that she is missing and was out helping us to search for her yesterday,” said Nuala Geraghty, training services manager for Mallow- based Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. “These dogs are a life line to the children and James and his family are lost without her.” Anyone with information can contact Nuala …

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Ann Doyle MC for Crusaders’ black tie ball

Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic is launching a major drive to raise up to €150,000 and fomer RTE newscaster, Ann Doyle will be involved in one of the main events. The Barefield clinic needs to raise this money by December to help the charity meet its annual target of €250,000 in public donations. This is a major challenge for the charity to raise the necessary funds for the continuation of services for children with a wide range of disabilities such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Despite the lack of any government funding to help defray the cost of its core services, the clinic continues to provide free therapy for over 400 special needs children in the county. The clinic estimates it provides in the region of 10,000 free therapy hours for children during individual and group sessions during the year. In addition to providing one-to-one therapies, the clinic organise regular group …

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