Tae agus Plé: Parents meetup to talk about autistic children and families’ experience in Irish-medium education

May 31, 2023

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Would you like to meet other parents or carers of autistic children attending Irish-medium education? If so, we would be delighted to welcome you a friendly, informal meetup organised by Gaeloideachas in partnership with AsIAm, on the 14th of June at 19.30.

What will happen at the meetup?

Parents will have the opportunity to chat with other parents over tea, coffee and biscuits, and share experiences or information, exchange ideas and tips on ways to support your children, or just sit back and listen.

The event will begin with some words of welcome and very brief talks from:

  • Ciara, Ní Bhroin Gaeloideachas
  • Niamh Mellerick, AsIAm
  • Naomhán Mhaonáigh, AsIAm and former student of Irish-medium education
  • Julia Cummins, parent

Julia is the parent of two minimally-speaking autistic AAC-using children who are in Irish-medium education. She is the founder and co-admin of the the Facebook group ‘AAC users and Allies Ireland’ and a PhD student in the Phonetics and Speech lab at the School of Linguistics, Speech & Communication Science at Trinity College, Dublin where she is part of a team developing AAC for Irish. Julia is passionate about AAC and the transformative effect it can have on lives. She also feels very strongly about language rights for people with speech related disabilities.

Who can register for the meetup?

Parents and carers of autistic children who are attending a naíonra, Gaelscoil, or Gaelcholáiste are welcome to attend. Parents of younger children who are interested in Irish-medium education are also welcome.

Please note that spaces for this event are limited (50 spaces) and advance registration is required. Registration will close when full and another event will be organised for those who didn’t manage to get a place. The registration form is at the bottom of this page. 


Room D205, Block D, St Patrick’s Campus, DCU, Dublin 9

Map: https://www.dcu.ie/campus-maps#bootstrap2

Block D is beside the library building. We will send more detailed directions after registration prior to the event.


Wednesday, the 14th of June


If you need more information, please contact:

Ciara Ní Bhroin, Gaeloideachas | 01 805 7736 | ciara@gaeloideachas.ie

Gaeloideachas is very grateful to Professor Pádraig Ó Duibhir, Sealbhú for his help and support in facilitating the organisation of this event.

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