Asperger;s Syndrome

Autism: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Cool

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 03.10.2016 | 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 14.08.2016 | 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 10.08.2016 | 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 28.07.2016 | 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 15.07.2016 | 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 20.06.2016 | 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 27.04.2016 | 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 22.04.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 24.03.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 16.11.2015 | 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 09.11.2015 | 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 29.10.2015 | 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...

I Just Found a Small Bit of Popcorn in my Daughter's Bum Cleavage #popcornbum

Jill Finch | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It was rediscovered by my husband, ahem, and then quickly forgotten again until daughter was born. Whilst poring over every gorgeous inch of her lovely marshmallowy-soft baby body, we discovered she had inherited a money pocket.

Battles for Britain...

James Christie | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
James Christie

Remembrance of the rancid Scottish referendum (a battle for Britain?) and the real Battle of Britain came on much the same day, leading me to the sour...

R&R on the King's Road, Spectre of a Glorious Summer

James Christie | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

You'd think a fiftysomething Asperger would be the worst possible choice for a job like this; but over the last seven years I've found that, autism or not, my late father's public speaking ability has been downloaded directly into me - I can socialize, cope with travel and talk to an audience at the drop of a hat - and I understand how the neuro-typical world works.

9 to 5 or 14/27?

James Christie | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

As I once wrote in Dear Miss Landau, "have you ever met one of those people who always end up standing in the kitchen at parties? The geeky weirdo wit...

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Man With Asperger's Describes What 'Sensory Overload' Is Like

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"I’m inhumanly good at self intelligence tests," says Louis Morel. "But every time I leave the house or see a new human being I get overloaded wi...