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Cop­ing with post-stroke Chronic Fa­tigue Syn­drome (CFS), re­turn­ing to work af­ter a stroke and a new mo­bile app for CFS suf­fer­ers will all be dis­cussed at Work­bench in Bank of Ire­land, Block 1, Blan­chard­stown Cor­po­rate Park, Dublin 15, on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30th, 3pm-5pm. The event is or­gan­ised as part of the cam­paign of the World Stroke Or­gan­i­sa­tion for stroke sur­vivors and care­givers. Tick­ets on eventbrite.com. The event will be livestreamed on the Life-af­ter-stroke Facebook page.

Novem­ber is tra­di­tion­ally a time to re­mem­ber those who have died. The Ir­ish Hos­pice Foun­da­tion will host its an­nual evening of re­mem­brance on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1st, 5.30-8pm, in the Alex Ho­tel, Fe­nian St, Dublin 2. Psy­chol­o­gist Ni­amh Fitz­patrick will talk on, Liv­ing with Loss: Ob­ser­va­tions on

Grief from the In­side Out. Fitz­patrick’s sis­ter Capt Dara Fitz­patrick and three other Ir­ish Coast Guard crew died when the Res­cue 116 he­li­copter crashed off the coast of Mayo in March, 2017. Ad­mis­sion is free and all are wel­come.

AsIAm, the autism ad­vo­cacy char­ity, has called for a na­tional strat­egy to end the wide­spread ex­clu­sion of autis­tic peo­ple from em­ploy­ment, ac­cess to pub­lic ser­vices and par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­ci­ety. About one in 65 peo­ple in Ire­land is autis­tic. “We all want our chil­dren to in­vite the child who is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to their birthday party. We must ex­tend that laud­able in­stinct into the adult world too. Adults with autism must no longer be un­nec­es­sar­ily ex­cluded from main­stream so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion,” says Adam Har­ris, chief ex­ec­u­tive of AsIAm. Up to 80 per cent of peo­ple on the autism spec­trum are un­der­em­ployed or un­em­ployed, or are strug­gling to hold down full-time work be­cause of a lack of un­der­stand­ing and sup­port, ac­cord­ing to the autism ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion. Su­perValu has re­cently worked with AsIAm to make Clon­akilty, Co Cork Ire­land’s first autism-friendly town.

The Health In­for­ma­tion Qual­ity Au­thor­ity (Hiqa) has launched its draft cor­po­rate plan for 2019-2021 and is seek­ing pub­lic views on the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. The role of Hiqa is to im­prove health and so­cial care ser­vices in Ire­land through the de­vel­op­ment of stan­dards and in­spec­tions of fa­cil­i­ties. The draft Cor­po­rate Plan 2019-2021 is at hiqa.ie. To take part in the con­sul­ta­tion, you must com­plete the short on­line sur­vey by 5pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23rd. Hard copies of the sur­vey are also avail­able. cor­po­rateplan@hiqa.ie or tel: 01- 8286720.

“Tip­per­ary v Kilkenny: The Leg­ends Re­turn” takes place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3rd at 6pm in Bor­risoleigh, Co Tip­per­ary. In aid of Amanda Sta­ple­ton – who has been di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer – a gofundme page has also been set up and is more than half­way to­wards a ¤100,000 tar­get. Eoin Mur­phy (above) will line up, along with for­mer Kilkenny stars, in­clud­ing Henry Sh­ef­flin and Tommy Walsh. For the home side, Bren­dan Cum­mins, Lar Cor­bett and Eoin Kelly will be among those tak­ing part. Tick­ets are ¤20 (in Cen­tra or at Tick­ets.ie). Un­der-16s free.

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