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Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom & Community
Support for Schools: Welcome
Originally Neurodiversity Sandymount teamed up with local schools to start a conversation with children on understanding neurodiversity. Now we have expanded our scope to support rolling this out to any school across Ireland that would like to drive understanding and awareness at the crucial grass roots level with children.
We've been distributing our “Let's be Friends to Everyone” story and children wristbands to school that have requested them, so they can show their support for neurodivergent children in the school environment and beyond. Helping and supporting neurodivergent children feel included at schools and being supported in the local community will help to change the world around them for the better. It is also very empowering for all children to learn they have the power to drive inclusivity and that everyone is different and unqie which is a great thing.
The purpose of this project is to contribute to understanding about and implementing best practices for neurodivergent children. If you are interested in partnering with us and rolling out this initiative in your school, we can provide our Neurodiversity Pack for a small advised donation to cover our production costs of €30 per 30-child pack.
Separately to this, the Irish Society for Autism, founded by parents in 1963, will also provide bespoke training or talks for national schools that wish to provide their staff, teachers and/or students with a better understanding of autism. This education will be tailored to the individual school’s needs and can be requested through IrelandNeurodiversity@gmail.com. The Irish Society for Autism will liaise with the school to organise when training takes place. More information is available at https://autism.ie.
You can also choose to partner with AsIAm who offer an autism friendly school project available here.
We'd love to support your local schools spread our story and message on the Neurodiversity Movement.
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The second most important way to ensure that neurodivergent children feel included in the community is by partnering with community activity groups and creating social and sporting activities “for all” that are designed to be inclusive and accommodating. For example, Neurodiversity Sandymount has partnered with GAA Clan NaGael Fontenoys, Railway Union RUFC and the FAI and PlayAct Drama to create football, rugby and Gaelic sports and drama/dance classes “for all.” Some classes run independently of the club’s main classes, and where suitable, some are within an existing class.
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