Autism

Why I'll Be Supporting the Let The Kids Be Kids Protest on Tuesday

Lottie Storey | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Lottie Storey

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, parents up and down the land will be keeping their kids off school. Why? In protest at the unprecedented levels of testing that...

How LEGO Is Helping Kids With Autism Improve Their Social Skills

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents

Playing with LEGO can be more than just a way to prevent boredom, for some children it has the power to boost their social skills and build self-estee...

Should People Register as Autistic?

Robyn Steward | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Steward

Let me try to explain. GP's computer systems have things called READ codes, they are put on to people's notes. For example there are READ codes for gender, age band (e.g 18-25), whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, aswell as specific health conditions.

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.

Boy With Autism's Heartwarming Reaction To Seeing Coldplay

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

A boy with autism was moved to tears when he watched his favourite band Coldplay perform live for the first time. The boy's father, Luis Vazquez, film...

This Asda Has Launched A 'Quiet Hour' For People With Autism

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK

An Asda superstore in Manchester has been praised for introducing a 'quiet hour' to make shopping easier for people with autism and disabilities. The ...

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...

To the Mother I Thought I Would Become

Michelle Myers | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Myers

My son is taking me on a journey I never expected to be taking, and to be honest at first I was a little unsure of how to react. But now, well I wouldn't change him for the world. Instead my world has changed because of him. Work, home, family I mean he teaches me what's truly important.

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...

Autism Awareness Month: Growing Up With Autistic Brothers

Imogen Groome | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

One of the biggest things I have taken away from growing up with my brothers is that, despite their additional needs and the extra care it can take to look after them, I know two men that, to me, are the most loving people in the world.

15 Things Parents Of Children With Autism Want To Tell You

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 02.04.2016 | UK Parents

People with autism and their families feel "isolated" because of poor public understanding of the condition, a new study has revealed. The survey of m...

You See a Label, Where I See My Son

Michelle Myers | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Myers

I had to change the way I viewed my sons' world. The ups and downs, the highs and lows, and the challenges he faces daily. Not to mention the inner strength and talents he has within.

A Is for Autism - Let's Make Sure It's on the Agenda

Michael Shanks | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Shanks

Education is one of the hot topics in this election, and even more so for autistic children. Like any other child they can flourish at school with the right support, but for too many that support simply isn't there.

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.

Autism Awareness: This Is What It's Like To Experience Sensory Overload

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

"I'm not naughty, I'm autistic. And I just get too much information." That's the message that one young boy with autism is hoping to spread ahead of W...

Reasons I Am Good at My Childcare Job: Time to Delete My Lack of Self-Belief

Andrew Robinson | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Robinson

I am going to go ahead and say it: I AM GOOD AT MY JOB. I am not a big head, neither am I arrogant - how can I be? I have forever lacked the belief. I am not perfect - no-one is, but I think I have finally found something I believe I am good at.

Represent Autistic Women in the Media

Florence Leslie | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Florence Leslie

Many girls channel their creative energy into perfecting a mask. Talents regarded as obsessive rather than expert, they mimic their peers until autism becomes imperceptible. This snowballs into severe depression and anxiety as women on the spectrum never receive the right support.

Five Ways We Can Take Action to End Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Dr James Cusack

I remember experiencing the shock and devastation when I read and reviewed the existing research on a Saturday morning in November. I thought of every autistic person I knew, every family member. When you do that, it is hard to deal with such a tragic inequality in outcomes.

How to Spot an Autistic Woman?

Robyn Steward | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Steward

So how do you spot an autistic woman? You can't - and that's the problem for many women like me. We get missed or get the wrong diagnosis and even when autistic people get a diagnosis there is often very little in the way of post diagnostic support.

Why These Women Embrace Their Autism Diagnoses - And They Wish You Would Too

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Autism was once thought to affect vastly more men than women – a theory that has since been disproven, but whose legacy lingers on with a devastatin...

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)...

A Review of BBC1's 'The A Word' From a Father's Perspective

Matt Davis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Davis

My son at five (he's now eight) had echoes of all these traits, and seeing them clustered together strikes a sad chord pitch perfectly. Though as the story progresses, it's clear the boys are a million miles apart, which is a boon for autism awareness; people with autism differ wildly from each other, but the spectrum encompasses some spottable similarities.

Let Me Out: How the Media Gave Matthew a Voice in the Mental Health Crisis

Robin Garnett | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Garnett

While our campaign has been to get Matthew into an autism-specific in-patient unit, we have realized that a bigger issue is a total breakdown of the provision of appropriate care in the community for our most vulnerable young people. The solution is not in fact more units, but rather providing proper social care at a local level.

We All Display Traits Of Autism To 'Varying Degrees', Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The genes associated with autism "are in all of us", including those who have not been diagnosed with a condition on the spectrum, new research sugges...

Help Put a Stop to Abuse of Those With Learning Disabilities

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

As somebody like Katie Price being in the public eye and especially as a parent of a child with disabilities, I can't imagine the effect it's having on her emotionally and of course the family too. No parent wants to see their child being publicly harassed and abused. It must be uncomfortable to witness. It's absolutely unnecessary and understandably incredibly hurtful. Some say she's using this to gain media attention which I'm sure is ridiculously untrue. I'm sure Katie wouldn't use her child to gain media attention let alone want any of this abuse to carry on.