An Open Letter to the NHS - Why The Ridiculous Wait For an Autism Diagnosis?

Em Rathbone | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Em Rathbone

After struggling along with these problems for over 35 years I decided that the stress they put on me and my family was enough and, after doing my research, I asked for a referral to see if I am on the autism spectrum.

A review of 'In A Different Key - The Story of Autism'

Matt Davis | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

There's a brief but reflective detour in this hugely ambitious, perhaps definitive, telling of the autism story, some hundred or so pages in. Steering from the text's omnipresent objectivity and exhaustively researched facts, the authors make a personal observation that, I believe, has universal resonance.

Parents' Joy As Girl With Autism Asks For Toast After Three Years Of Silence

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents

A girl with autism who didn't speak for three years, surprised her parents by asking for 'more toast, please'. Coco Bradford, from St Ives, Cornwal...

Animal Rights Group Slams Creation Of World's First 'Autistic' Monkeys

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

Anti-vivisectionists have lambasted the "cruel" and "flawed" creation of the world's first ever autistic monkeys. Scientists in China have genetica...

On Home Education, Three Months In

Reneé Davis | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

It has been three months since my husband and I made the decision to not send our high functioning autistic 6yo daughter back to school after the half term break. Although her autism wasn't diagnosed until last year, I'd long had my suspicions that something more than the usual was at the bottom of her incredibly poor sleep and challenging behaviour.

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...

I'm a Wife and Mama, and I'm Not Perfect

Reneé Davis | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Like many other families, my parenting journey has been a challenging one so far. No matter how hard life gets though, there have always been moments of wonderfulness, amid even the toughest of days.

And These Children That You Spit On...

Jill Finch | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jill Finch

Yesterday morning I heard that David Bowie had died of cancer, aged 69. Yesterday afternoon I spent a grateful and contented hour walking and talking with my darling Dad. He is convalescing from an operation to remove a cancerous tumour, he is 69, thankfully he's going to be OK.

What Scars Will Autism Leave Behind?

Reneé Davis | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Sometimes the scars that autism leaves behind are visible. When the pinching has been so relentless we go to bed with patches of red raw, or bruised skin. When quick decisions made in pure anger actually draw blood. To big heads and small ones.

Women in Business Q&A: Jacqueline Williams-Hines, Founder, No Small Victories

Laura Dunn | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Jacqueline Williams-Hines is an Autism Awareness Advocate, Author and the Founder of No Small Victories. Literary offerings include four children's bo...

Study Suggests Antidepressants During Pregnancy Increase Risk Of Autism By 87%

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy could increase the risk of a child developing autism, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the Univers...

Santa Makes Christmas Extra Special For This Little Boy With Autism

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents

Santa went the extra mile to make sure a little boy with autism had a memorable Christmas. The boy was too afraid to sit on Santa's lap in a shopp...

Woman's Unusual Birthday Cake Experience Shows Why It Pays To Be Kind

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has shared a very important lesson in kindness. Lisa Sarber Aldrich was shopping at her local supermarket when she decided to buy a birthda...

Woman With Autism And Cerebral Palsy Stars On Running Magazine Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A fitness enthusiast, who has autism and mild cerebral palsy, stars on the latest cover of Women's Running Magazine - and we have to say, she looks be...

Time to End the Autism Diagnosis Crisis

Mark Lever | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Mark Lever

I've been at The National Autistic Society (NAS) for over eight years now and I'm still taken aback when I hear just how difficult it is to get a diagnosis - the days, months and years of pain and distress families have to go through just to understand who they are and to have a chance of getting support.

George, Please Don't Abandon Autistic People and Their Families

Mark Lever | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

The Chancellor has a simple choice to make on Wednesday. He can risk writing off generations of autistic people and their families by cutting crucial services across social care, disability benefits and disabled children's services. Or he can show leadership and keep the Conservatives' pledge to be family friendly and protect the vulnerable.

Unwelcome Excitement That We Can Do Without

Reneé Davis | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Through the blood, tears and commotion, I also had to consider P's feelings in all this. The last thing we needed was a meltdown, so I made it abundantly clear that I wasn't blaming her, and it wasn't her fault.

For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today

James Christie | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
James Christie

My title echoes an epitaph written by John Maxwell Edmonds honouring those who died during the Siege of Imphal in World War II. My father, born into ...

I Can't Control My Temper

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

It's that time of the year again and this time my anger outburst is more serious than ever. It always seems to be around this time of the season as many people tell me. I suppose it's the festive season now and the change get's overwhelming. But that's certainly no excuse for my recent terrible actions...

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...

Anti-Bullying Week - Society Needs to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Kevin Healey | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Kevin Healey

It is anti-bullying week next week, but I raise awareness all of the time, 365 days a year. But why? The reason is because it's so important to me. I used to say that I'm a victim of bullying, but now I say that I am a warrior, because I've been through so much and come out of it the other end.

'Autism Doesn't Mean I'm Bad': 7-Year-Old's Heartfelt Letter Moves Mum To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Parents

A seven-year-old with autism moved her mum to tears with a note explaining how she understands that despite what some people may think, "autism doesn'...

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.

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...

On Becoming a Home Educating Family

Reneé Davis | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Every home educating family has a story to tell. Some felt so strongly about wanting their children to learn at home, that they never sent them to school, even for one day. Some got as far as nursery but had a hunch that school would be too much.