Support my petition 

I am calling on the Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte TD to end the unfair treatment of special needs teenagers who are forced to transition from their much-needed Domiciliary Care Allowance to Disability Allowance whilst still in education. This is both unfair and discriminatory. I would value your help in raising this matter in the Dáil Éireann. Please sign my petition here 

What is Autism Dad? 

Just a Father trying to do the best for his kids and sharing what he has learned

Welcome to Autism Dad a blog and resource page for Mums and Dads with kids on the Autism spectrum.

My name is John Joe McGinley and I am the father of 4 beautiful boys, two of whom are on the Autism spectrum. I would like to share with you what myself and my wife have experienced over 13 years dealing with the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations of helping our boys develop and grow.

This website has my blog where I will try and share anything I feel could benefit other parents.

It also links to other websites and videos I have found interesting as we raise our boys.

I hope you find this useful and if so:

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Autism Dad Blog

 In my weekly blog I'd like to share our ups and downs and share our successes and failures so others can avoid our mistakes! I'd like to start with our journey to discover our eldest boy was on the Autism spectrum. Learn more 

Autism Resources
It can be a lonely existence as the parent of a child with special needs such as Autism. I'd like to share with you some of the best guidance I have come across over the years covering all aspects of parenting children on the Autism spectrum. Why not have a look at some of the best websites and videos I have seen. Look now 


“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”