AutJudo conference report, Ireland 2021

The first of our Autjudo Transnational Conferences got underway in Nenagh, Co Tipperary Ireland on the weekend of the 16th/17th October 2021.

This event was well attended by 92 people from a large cross section of interested parties from across Ireland and Europe. These included ASD students, parents, program volunteers, sports coaches, representatives from various national Judo federations (Judo Ireland, Irish Judo Association & Northern Ireland Judo Federation), representatives from a number of ASD specialist organisations ( Cottage Autism Network, Collective Sensory Group, Autism Friendly Town Committee), and other disability support groups, ASD teachers, school principals, and occupational therapists.

We were also honoured to have the education & coaching director from Special Olympics International present with her team and of course we were delighted to welcome our European Partners from Sweden, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Please click here for a link to the full conference report.

Friday Evening Training in NL

In The Netherlands, at this moment (May 10, 2021) judo training is still not allowed. Outside training is, provided that the participants stay at least 1.5m away from each other. Due to the good weather, SNJF/BeterJudo in NL resumed their outdoor trainings on May 7th. This is a short video of this training.

In the Netherlands, judo is done in a tent!

Klik op de foto voor de hele galerij!

Dutch authorities have decided judo is an indoor sport and indoor activities are not allowed during the pandemic.. however, a tent is not considered indoor, so SNJF of the Netherlands hired a big tent to teach in, every Saturday. It is not ideal, it is cold (5 degrees Saturday april 10th), parents are not allowed to watch and participants have to be under 26 but at least we can do our favourite thing!

Apart from that we do a 1-hour video lesson twice a week, on Wednesday for the younglings and on Friday for the more advanced judoka.

Jelle’s Triumph

This is a video of Jelle. Jelle is diagnosed, as you will see, with multiple disabilities, one of which is ASD. In general, Daniel is not very active during the Judo lessons and we usually have a 1-on-1 session where we try to activate him by tickling, prodding, challenging him to do things he would not do on his own.
This evening was however special. Please look at the video to see what happened.

(Published with kind permission of the Schonewille family)