Autism News

Autism Awareness Website

We have developed a new online resource about Autism and Autism awareness for the Dept of Justice & Equality. The site is designed to inform people about autism and give a practical insight into how autism impacts a person with the condition.

The site is available for everyone to use and will be useful for parents,siblings,extended families, carers, Special Needs Assistants, Teachers and others working in the field of autism. It takes about 40 minutes to complete the 8 informational modules.

The site also contains a Resource Centre with practical advise and presentations on autism. The site was funded by the Dept of Justice & Equality under the Disability Awareness Grant Scheme 2015.

Visit the site at:


Shine Staff Awarded Certificate in Autism Studies

Early Learning Unit Manager Grace O’Callaghan and Deputy Manager Alma Carroll were awarded certificates in Autism Studies at the recent UCC Graduation Ceremonies. The course is designed to introduce participants to the different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world. There will be an emphasis on the communication and behavioural challenges for the individual with autism and how society responds to these challenges and also how a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may contribute positively to society. The issue of mental health and ASD is also examined. The importance of early intervention, education and inclusion, and legislation and policies that govern best practice guidelines and models of service are also key elements.

The Shine Centre have been involved in the autism programme in UCC since its inception with Laura Crowley of the Shine Building Blocks Programme lecturing on the course and sitting on the Stakeholders and Quality Review committee.

Certificate in Autism (Cork ETB)

Shine Centre Staff key in Developing New Autism Course

Kieran Kennedy of The Shine Centre for Autism has played a key role in setting up a new Autism Course for the parents of newly diagnosed children with autism. The course runs for 12 weeks and covers vital areas such as understanding autism, education and entitlements. Both Kieran and Alma Carroll (Deputy Manager Shine ELU) lecture on the course and the programme is endorsed by the NPSA (National Parents & Siblings Alliance).

The programme runs in the College of Commerce from 6pm – 9pm each Tuesday. The current course is full with another course planned for early 2015. See details below.

Certificate in Autism (Cork ETB)

Tues 6.30-9.00pm • Duration: 12 weeks
This a course for parents of young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (A.S.D) and those that have recently learned that their child is on the autistic spectrum.
The course content is based on the needs of parents as evidenced and approved by Shine Centre for Autism. Families of those with an ASD experience many challenges and this practical based course aims to assist those who experience same, by providing them with relevant and current information. This programme is endorsed by ‘National Parents and Siblings Alliance’ and supported by Shine

  • Understanding the diagnosis of Autism
  • Entitlements
  • Education
  • Therapeutic Interventions – Play & Occupational Therapy
  • Behaviour Management
  • Tuition Fee: €140
    Accreditation: Certificate in Autism – Cork ETB



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