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.

Barber Goes To Extreme Lengths To Cut Boy With Autism's Hair (Who Hates Haircuts)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents

A barber pulled out all the stops to find a way to cut a young boy with autism's hair, and the outcome was brilliant. James Williams, from Wales, ...

The Truth About Autism Parenting

Nicole Thomas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Nicole Thomas

I don't see my son's autism as bad thing, nor do I see it as a superpower. My innate operating system is Windows 8. He runs on OS X. I basically understand OS X, it just takes me a while to sometimes 'get' it. He thinks Windows 8 is fucking idiotic and makes no sense whatsoever. Perhaps he has a point.

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.

'This Is What Autism Looks Like': Mum Shares 'Violent' Photos After Online Criticism

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum was driven to share photos of her daughter with autism in "aggressive and violent" situations, after strangers questioned the authenticity of ph...

Autism: Bullying and Loneliness

Bob Morgan | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Bob Morgan

He has no friends. He thought he had at least one friend at school - until a couple of months ago. This one supposed friend turned on him along with several others and pushed him around and kicked him.

Mum Furious As £4k Assistance Dog For Son With Autism Is 'Barely Housetrained'

The Huffington Post UK/Caters | Amy Packham | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum who forked out £4,000 for a specially-trained assistance dog to help her son with autism is furious as the dog she was sent wasn't even trained...

To the Mama of a Highly Functioning Autistic Child

Reneé Davis | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Sometimes you feel like a fraud, because your autistic child is high functioning, and you question whether you even have the right to complain when other families have it so much worse.

Chasing the Deer with Rowling...

James Christie | Posted 21.10.2015 | 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...

When is the Right Time to Tell Your Child They Are Autistic?

Reneé Davis | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

One afternoon last week, my 6yo highly functioning autistic daughter came home from school in an absolutely foul mood. She wanted all of my attentio...

A Smile Is All It Takes...

Nicole Thomas | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Nicole Thomas

The Boy lurches towards the woman's leg and grabs her ankle. "Owwwwww!" she shouts as The Boy scratches her. "I'm so sorry. He has autism and doesn't understand why I'm stopping him standing next to the window, where he always stands." Still nothing. Just a stare boring into my soul, whilst leg rubbing. They're looking at me like I'm the most abhorrent parent in the universe.

Myself And Autism

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Most people often say to me "Looking at you, I wouldn't have known you have autism" after I explain to them. Some who have autism are more severe than others. Me, I am not so severe however I'm still very autistic and my needs are very complex. Ask me if I'm educated and aware of my diagnosis, I would say yes, I am. It takes a lot for somebody who's autistic to understand their disability. I suppose it depends how severely autistic you are on a scale of 1-10.

Risk Of Autism May Be Linked To This Factor In Pregnancy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Parents

Women who are overweight during pregnancy are more likely to have children with autism, a new study has found. Researchers from Central South Unive...

Fresher's Week: An Asperger Experience

Susanna Fantoni | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Susanna Fantoni

Your first few weeks are going to be tough no matter how much you prepare for them. But as time goes on it will all become much much easier. As soon as classes start and routine becomes a thing everything will simply fall into place. So try not to over think things and as hard it is just go with flow as everything will turn out okay in the end, I promise!

Road Rage Rants and the Sound of Thunder...

James Christie | Posted 01.10.2015 | 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...