Autism

This Barber Helped A Boy With Autism Learn To Love Haircuts

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

A hairdresser has gone the extra mile - literally - to make visiting the barbers a less traumatic experience for an eight-year-old boy with autism. ...

My Thoughts on Katie Hopkins 'Mocking' Tweets

Kevin Healey | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Kevin Healey

I can't stamp out all the negative comments that people say on twitter or social media about disabilities, but maybe I can educate others on its dehumanising effect, and in doing so help parents understand that there is a world of support out there. Imagine Katie spending a day or a week with me, seeing what my world looks like. That would be a show on Autism worth watching.

I Hate What Katie Did So Here's a Quid...

Jill Finch | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Jill Finch

I'm a parent of a daughter on the autistic spectrum and I've been through the agonies of being stared at, feeling completely alone, being called a bad parent and the terrible guilty relief of a diagnosis...

Autistic Girl Removed From Flight For Making Pilot Feel 'Uncomfortable'

Steven Hopkins | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK

A Oregon family are filing a discrimination lawsuit after being kicked off a United Airlines plane because the pilot refused to fly with their autisti...

Ms Hopkins... Please Stop!

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

I do not have the likes of Ms Hopkins social presence and media privilege in which to air my views, but as a mother of a child with autism, what I do have is a voice and the right, as does anyone else, to say how her views impact upon those with a disability. Her words impact upon me, my family and wider society.

Stephen Hawking's Daughter To Katie Hopkins: Stop Bullying Disabled People

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK

The daughter of physicist Stephen Hawking has written an open letter to Katie Hopkins urging her to stop making life harder for disabled people. V...

St George and the Scots Rugby Shirt

James Christie | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

Picture the scene: Portsmouth's Spinnaker and the Keppel's Head Hotel across the harbour from Gosport and its ferry. Five fine and happy Englishmen wi...

Pet Dog Helps Teen With Autism Kiss His Mum For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Parents

A 14-year-old boy who loathes physical contact has hugged and kissed his mum for the first time, thanks to a shelter dog. Joey, from Los Angeles, w...

They Saved Einstein's Brain!

James Christie | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

More precisely, they lost it. It finally turned up in Wichita, Kansas, in the hands of the secretive pathologist who'd originally sawn it out of Albert Einstein's skull and still sought to find the secret of his genius within its cerebral structure.

#friendswithMorgan We Didn't Even Know Them Last Week and Now They're Changing His Life

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

How do you even begin to write a blog about something when it's taken you by such surprise that you really aren't sure what is happening? I guess ...

Dru, Davidson and Destiny

James Christie | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

The most surreal moment of the General Election so far might be my telling Ruth Davidson about Drusilla and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Biggar High Street the other day.

Why Blue Nail Varnish Is More Than A Fashion Statement This April

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents

Painting your nails blue this April is more than just a fashion statement - it is a way to show your support for people with autism. Dad Brian Bate...

11-Year-Old Boy With Autism Draws Perfect World Map From Memory

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 11-year-old New York youngster is going viral on Reddit after he was snapped drawing an incredibly intricate world map on a whiteboard - complete w...

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

Batman, not Birdman, meets the RSPB!

James Christie | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

You wouldn't think Batman would have much to do with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), but knowing that Michael Keaton recently st...

10 Things Parents Of Children With Autism Want To Tell You

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Parents

What is autism? This was the fifth most Googled 'what is' question of last year. More than one in every 100 people in the UK is diagnosed with aut...

Please, No More Broken Promises: No More Broken Families

Leo Andrade | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leo Andrade

Even now, when I go to see my son, he falls asleep in my lap. His finer motor skills are totally lost, he trembles so much he can't even hold his fork and he drags his feet along because his body is so weak. To see my son so yellow and so sad is not the Stephen we know.

I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody

Jill Finch | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Finch

I have had to learn to do these things quietly because my daughter needs me to. She is seven; bright, super funny, articulate, thoughtful and loving. She also has autism spectrum disorder.

Why Hearing My Son Giggle Will Be the Greatest Gift to Me This Mother's Day

Sadia Nakimera | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadia Nakimera

I kept asking myself, "God, why me?" The mixture of guilt for feeling like you were giving up on your son and constant fear as to when the demands of 24 hour care would become too much weighed heavily on me.

Early Childhood and an Introduction to Maths

Daniel Lightwing | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.

This Is What Really Causes Autism, According To New Research

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There have been many theories as to the cause of autism over the years, including an infamous claim by British researcher Andrew Wakefield in 1998 tha...

A Service Dog Won't Get Him a Party but It Will Give Him a Companion, a Trusted Friend.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Burnett

Challenging children have challenging behaviour as does Morgan. He was a lamb really until bullying opened his eyes to being different. It made him realise he didn't fit in and he gets frustrated, upset and angry.

Why Did No-One Come To My Party Mummy?

Kerry Gibb | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

Excluding children from parties is just as hurtful. Imagine not receiving one single birthday party invite all year as you hear your classmates all chatting about the next cool party at the weekend.

We Can Improve the Lives of People Affected By Autism Through Research

Dr James Cusack | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Dr James Cusack

My hope is that we can now harness this focus towards the furthering of our knowledge of autism through research. We urgently require evidence-based interventions for autism, but yet the standards of research to support interventions fall significantly below that of other medical conditions.

Film Documentary, 'Aspie Seeks Love' Documents Twenty Years of Searching for True Love

Jo Worgan | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

We don't want to give too much away but all we will say is that the film is engaging, funny, thought provoking and emotive. While watching the film, you quickly forget that you are watching a man with Asperger's syndrome, instead you just see a man who is searching for love.