UK Autism

Oxford Uni Accused Of Targeting Autistic Students After Calling Lack Of Eye Contact 'Racist'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University has been accused of targeting autistic staff and students, after it claimed that avoiding eye contact can be a sign of racism. The u...

An Early Autism Diagnosis Changed My Daughter's Life

Stacey Lerner | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Lerner

My daughter, Ava, was just shy of three years old when she received her autism diagnosis. I remember sitting in our developmental pediatrician's office and hearing the word "autism" leave her mouth with a sense of unforgettable finality. As a mother, I was at a loss. But three years later, that early diagnosis has changed everything for the better.

My Son's Autism

Laura Rutherford | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you're walking a similar parenting path to mine, you've quite possibly heard the saying: "you meet one person with autism; you meet one person with autism". Sometimes I think that only those who really know someone with autism get how little others understand this.

Why Are We (Still) Waiting? Delaying Autism Assessment Isolates Parents And Puts Children At Risk

Makeba Garraway | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

We have finally been given an appointment for our four year old son's autism assessment, and while I'm glad the 15 month wait will soon be over, I'm left thinking about what a huge disservice is currently being done to pre-diagnosed autistic children and their families across the UK.

Dad Watches Tearfully As His 12-Year-Old Daughter With Autism Makes Friends With A Stranger

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents

The moment a 12-year-old girl with autism found a connection with another child at a playground moved her father to tears. The dad, from New York, US,...

Friendship

Tina Medlock | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Having school friends around for tea or going to their house is not a regular occurrence for us. Joseph has never had those kind of relationships and when I ask if we wants to invite someone he politely says "No, thank you".

To Accept Autism You Have To See Beyond It

Danielle Duggins | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

My son is not a problem. He is not a health and safety risk, a difficulty to manage or an obstacle to overcome. He is not a disability. He is not a neurodevelopmental condition. He is a little boy who fears and loves, who laughs and cries.

Autism Is A Feminist Issue

Laura James | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura James

Like me, many will have been bounced from doctor to doctor and many may have been written off as neurotic or attention-seeking. Or, perhaps worse, misdiagnosed and treated for a condition they do not have. Often autism in women is mistaken for a mental health issue, such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder.

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.

Irish Airport Opens Europe's First Sensory Room For Children With Autism And Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents

An Irish airport has launched Europe’s first ever sensory room for children and families with autism and special needs. The colourful room has facil...

14 Questions Parents Of Autistic Children Are Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents

It is estimated that every 1 in 100 people in the UK is on the autism spectrum, which makes it even more surprising that for something that is so comm...

Am I Doing My Child, And Society In General, A Disservice By Rejecting A Mainstream Education?

Kelly Kemp | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

I am currently having a battle with my conscience. My daughter needs more than the mainstream education (in a very good, very accommodating school) can offer her, but if she goes to special school I am responsible for denying her mainstream peers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about her and her condition, which, eventually, I would hope would lead to greater acceptance as she grows up and tries to make her own way in the world.

Autism: Don't Force Me Into Your World Before You've Experienced Mine

Jodie Eaton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Eaton

Early intervention doesn't have to mean thousands of pounds forked out by the NHS or the LA for access to specialist treatment. It doesn't necessarily mean that the child has to have XYZ therapy to be able to access life, as we know it. Although that would be fabulous wouldn't it!

Can You Tell Me How To Get To Awareness Street?

Tina Medlock | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Julia will only show a couple of dimensions of autism, just as The A Word did. It's impossible for one character to show all aspects of autism but with more exposure it will be possible to show how autistic people can be very different.

From Birth-Day To Birthday

Tina Medlock | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I on the other hand, wondered what the shitting hell had happened to me. My body had been violated, I was exhausted and all of a sudden I had to deal with this crying seven pound bundle of skin and hair. I wondered where my motherly instinct had pissed off to and why I had no idea as to what type of cry my baby was making.  Please tell me I am not the only one who could not decipher, hungry, tired, sick and bored cries?

8-Year-Old Writes Letter To Council Asking Why There Are No Swings For Her Disabled Brother

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old girl wrote a letter to her local council asking why they haven’t installed any swings that are accessible for her disabled brother...

Why Sesame Street's New Character With Autism Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents

’Sesame Street’ has welcomed its first character with autism. The children’s TV show will introduce Julia, a character with a short orange bob, ...

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

Laura Rutherford | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

But it's also oh so bittersweet, like so many things, because I think of how easy she has it compared to our five year old son, Brody, who struggles to tell us what he wants constantly because of a learning disability and autism.

Down But Not Quite Out

Tina Medlock | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I felt angry at nobody other than myself; I should have pushed harder so that it hadn't got to this stage. The person who needs me most, I had let down badly and no matter how many supportive words of there being nobody who could fight harder for this boy, it does not soothe the pain I feel right now.

Why It Took 35 Years To Diagnose My Autism

Carrie Beckwith-Fellows | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Beckwith-Fellows

all women everywhere I don't look autistic because, like many autistic women, I mask my autism. Hiding it after a lifetime of being taught that stimming is embarrassing and not making eye contact is rude is why autistic women are trapped in a unique world of immense struggle whilst looking perfectly fine.

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

His Master's Voice

Tina Medlock | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Recently I have stated that Joseph struggles with communication, yet reading this definition, I should actually retract that. He may find it difficult to use the spoken word to compile perfect sentences, but he has other ways he utilises effectively in order to get his point across.

The Right Care - Instead Of "Chemical Restraint"

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Mike*, who has a complex learning disability, had been on high doses of anti-psychotic medication for so long, that no one can remember when the drugs...

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...

Investigation Reveals Shocking Treatment Of Child Mental Health Patients

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK

Children and teenagers are being forcibly restrained and sedated in one of Britain’s biggest mental health hospitals, a Channel 4 investigation has ...