As part of Autism Awareness Month, Susan Dennehy produced a series of radio reports called ‘voices from the spectrum’ which were aired on Newstalk’s, Pat Kenny Show. Susan’s reports exposed the reality of life for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ireland.
Voices from the Spectrum – Part One (broadcast on Friday, 22nd April 2016)
In part one of the series, Susan focuses on children aged 0-5 yrs who suffer from ASD and the kind of issues that are affecting parents who are the spokespeople for this age group. She exposes issues such as the lack of respite available and looks at the domiciliary care allowance which is a payment from the Department of Social Justice made available to people who are caring for someone with a severe disability like autism. Susan also highlights the difference early intervention services such as assessment and therapy can make. Part one of Susan’s written report is available here.
Voices from the Spectrum – Part Two (broadcast on Tuesday, 26th April 2016)
In part two of the series, Susan looks at the challenges faced by the parents and families of children of primary school age who suffer from ASD. These are challenges that are under the radar and are made all the tougher by a lack of public awareness and a lack of HSE supports and services. Part two of Susan’s written report is available here.
Voices from the Spectrum – Part Three (broadcast on Tuesday, 10th May 2016)
In part three of the series, Susan reports of the challenges faced by teenagers with ASD, including the stories that parents don’t tell and often don’t want tell. Susan met with Jacinta Walsh and her son, Sam, (16 years old) who still waiting for psychiatric services from the HSE. Part three of Susan’s written report is available here.
Voices from the Spectrum – Part Four (broadcast on Thursday, 12th May 2016)
In the fourth and final report of the series, Susan looks at what happens when the 1 in 100 children who suffer from ASD grow up. What services if any are available to them as young adults and what kind of future they can expect?