Asperger;s Syndrome

Neurodiversity: The Opportunity In The Workplace

Oli Monks | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

everybody banner Autism apparently costs the UK £32bn per year but autism need not be a drain. The conversation must change from what it costs to what a neurodiverse workplace and society can contribute. What incentives can we provide employers?

Could My Child Have Asperger's? Two Experts Share How They Missed The Signs In Their Children

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being cautioned that they may be the last people to pick up on cues their child has Asperger’s, after two experts in the field revealed ...

Life On The Spectrum

Jane Taylor | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Taylor

everybody banner My friend Elaine is one of the best mums I know. I don't just say this because she's my friend, I say this because it's true. Her life as a mother has brought her satisfaction and joy beyond compare, but for her, every day can be a struggle to reach the peak of that satisfaction.

Seeing The Election Like A Book: How Asperger Syndrome Gives Me A Different View Of The General Election

Lydia Suffield | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

As a kid with AS, who suffered from limited empathy and theory of mind as a result, stories were always how I understood the world. I learnt empathy through fictional characters, through taking dilemmas I found in stories and applying them to my real life. (This created some problems when I went through the customary Enid Blyton phase. Most people don't describe things as "spiffing.")

Why The London Eye Was The Most Powerful Landmark Lighting Up For Autism - April 2017

Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel

However, here in London I was inundated with emails and messages from hundreds of adults who have Autism, each one expressing why lighting up BLUE actually offended them, deeply hurt them and misrepresented them for several reasons. These weren't petty little reasons, these had been justified by the continuous pain of being misunderstood and misrepresented.

How Technology Is Helping Eliminate The Global Unemployment Epidemic In The Autistic Community

Matt Skillings | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Skillings

Asperger's syndrome is a hidden disability. Walking past me on the street you would never know I had it. It's when I have to fit into a neurotypical world that the problems start. Neurotypicals are born with the skills to communicate and interact in any number of public and social situations. I was not.

Autism: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Cool

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Nearly every year an anger incident breaks out at home, countless of times the police have been involved and end up arresting me due to my behaviour stepping above the out-of-control zone.

Autism Life Skills

James Christie | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK
James Christie

Adult Life Skills hit the cinematic trail recently. Starring Jodie Whittaker, it's about a young woman who can't cope with a bereavement and retreats...

Ten Must See Scottish Acts at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

With Edinburgh Scotland's most popular tourist destination, the locals are used to being outnumbered by sassenachs. Things get much worse at Fringe time, and it's easy to forget there are plenty of homegrown comedians to enjoy too. Here's my recommendations for ten brilliant acts who are all as Scottish as a highland terrier chewing shortbread on Loch Lomond

Last of the Rare Book Cataloguers

James Christie | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Only a few books to go and then so will I. It's been a long journey to a virtual chapel complete with stained glass windows, weeding and shelving rare books in a reading room not twenty miles from the special collection where I first learnt the library trade nearly twenty-five years ago.

Maybe Best for Britain?

James Christie | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Politics
James Christie

Maybe May will be able to broker the best deal for Britain - all of Britain - in the days and months yet to come. And maybe not.

The EU's Record on Disability? Shaky at Best

Jonathan Andrews | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Andrews

During the EU referendum campaign I've spoken with a number of politicians and campaigners on both sides, particularly on the question of disability rights; as the chairman of the youth council at a national autism charity and an advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace, this is something I naturally care about.

The Importance of Understanding Autism

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Autism can have a huge effect on us and families although improving support and misjudgement can make a real difference with how we can become more accepted in life.

Why Stop the One Stop Autism Shop?

James Christie | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
James Christie

So it seems the future of Scottish Autism's One Stop Shop in Motherwell hangs in the balance. Three years financial support by the Scottish Government...

Too Much Information: By Beatrix, Aged Eight

Jill Finch | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

To mark the end of World Autism Awareness Week, Beatrix, my amazing autistic daughter, would like to share her personal experiences of Asperger's. She would really like to make a difference, to make her own little mark on the internet, so please share...

I'm Autistic - So What?

Adam Bradford | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bradford

Whenever I talk about my autism diagnosis to people it feels like I'm treated like some kind of special specimen, almost like I've got a disease or tentacles growing out of my head and everyone is amazingly intrigued.

Don't You Dare Do Away With My DLA!

James Christie | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
James Christie

After a torrid few days which saw Iain Duncan Smith resign as Work and Pensions Minister partly over the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA)...

Best Bus Shelter in Britain, Bryson!

James Christie | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

"But nobody, absolutely nobody, hates you as much as the people who make English bus shelters. I've no idea why, but their most earnest wish, the sing...

Single Dad With Aspergers Writes Poignant Account Of Fatherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents

A single dad with Aspergers has given people "goosebumps" by sharing his moving account of becoming a father. The dad, who hasn't been named, expla...

Mum Receives Kind Note After Son With Asperger's Meltdown Draws Stares

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has reached out to thank a stranger for their kind gesture after a stressful day caused her son, who has Asperger syndrome, to have a public mel...

Forrest Gump's First Cousin and the Pope's Piecemeal War...

James Christie | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
James Christie

It wouldn't be a funny story if I did a talk at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the day piecemeal war broke out, but that may come to pass. I seem t...

Child, Dead

James Christie | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
James Christie

You might think this one's about gun control, but while I'm sick to death of dumb and demented right wing groups who seem to think they'd somehow be a...

Psychological Cotton Wool - My Autism Mum First Aid Kit

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

I've found I'm defensive and sensitive, the smallest remark goes round my head for days, beating myself up about a comment from someone I barely know. Blame tiredness, loneliness, lack of self-esteem but sometimes I wish my brain would give me a break.

Chasing the Deer with Rowling...

James Christie | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
James Christie

So let me get this straight. J. K. Rowling, who lives in Scotland, pays her taxes, donated over £10 million to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurolo...

Road Rage Rants and the Sound of Thunder...

James Christie | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
James Christie

Funny thing about Ronnie Pickering's road rage... I did the same myself once. I was at a roundabout near the bottom of Birmingham which verges decor...